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Life & Work with Eli Montanna

Today we’d like to introduce you to Eli Montanna.

Hi Eli, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
My name is Elijah Davis, also known as Eli Montanna. Born on July 7, 1998 in the city of Beaumont, Texas. From a young age, I developed a love for music since joining the local youth church choir. I draw my inspiration from Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Drake, Andre 3000, and many others. Fast forward to when I turned 17, I moved out to Atlanta and began an internship at Reach Records. I didn’t have nowhere to sleep so I would shack up in studios and couches of people I barely knew just to make it work. At Reach, while mainly working as an engineer, they discovered my artistry, which prompted them to feature me on their Christmas playlist. While in Atlanta my career as an artist took a turn, this is where I developed relationships with artists in the area such as Lecrae, KEY!, 1k Phew, and many others in the area.

Although I am not from the city, I have developed many skills in Atlanta and therefore I will always have love and respect for it. My career as an artist started to take off in 2020 after my project MONTANNA was released, I started to gain international recognition, which showed my true potential as an artist. Since then I have multiple full-bodied projects, EPs, and Singles such as 222, 98, and my latest album High As Heaven. Over the past two years, I have independently gained over 700,000 streams and was featured on multiple playlists, competitions, and Twitch Streams. One of my highlight tracks, “Two Birds One Stone” was featured on M. Night Shyamalan’s Apple+ TV Show “Servant”. What drives me is my faith in God and staying true to myself as a person and an artist.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The road has been anything but smooth, through all the ups and downs it’s my faith that keeps me on a steady path and that has allowed me to stay focused. Being an independent artist money isn’t steady so I would have to sacrifice time I could have been focusing on my own craft to engineering and recording other artists to make ends meet while sleeping in the studio. In the industry, you hear a lot of fake promises and are given false hope but we never let that slow us down. I also write, record, mix, and master all my own music, with help from the team such as my boy Stan who runs 50GRANDVISUALS I also direct my own videos. Nothing comes easy, especially the goals I am trying to reach.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
My main focus is my artistry, it’s what I’m mostly known for. But in terms of what I do, I record, mix, master music and got a clothing brand I started with my manager called Sinners Still Pray, which turned out to be a success and we’re currently starting on the second line. But as for what I’m most proud of is my development as an artist because it’s what made me the man I am today. My development as an artist and engineer has been the best part of the journey because no matter how much bigger my name got I stayed true to myself and my life. A lot of artists these days try to fit into trends or talk about something they’re not about but that will only take you so far. I do my best to keep my music as authentic as possible,

Can you share something surprising about yourself?
Some things about me people may not know are I like to draw, I can play the piano, the guitar, and pretty much any sport. I’m also really good at video games too. I play them in my spare time. And I can really cook.

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