Lyra Star recently released her most stunning music video to date for her latest single, “Under the Water.”

The video was created by two female visionaries, director Tonya Kay (Ripley’s Believe It Or Not ‘Curious Christmas’ on The CW, The Ascension of Ava Delaine on Amazon Prime and Shorts TV) and cinematographer Andria Chamberlin ( know for the films ‘The Nightmare Gallery’ and ‘Seven Days in Mexico’). This gorgeous piece of art is Lyra’s debut showcase of her skills as a self-trained contortionist onscreen. The song itself, released in March and available for streaming on all platforms, has been described by IndieBand Guru as “a calming and almost hypnotizing experience,” which is exactly what the video provides for viewers. Featuring contortion in the rain, the visuals draw the viewer into a dreamy underwater world, as well as a golden room with disco balls where Star showcases her ethereal, mesmerizing vocals, hinting at her own duality as a both a musician and a performing artist. 

Musical Notes Global writes: “Featuring the soothing sound of breaking ocean waves, the expansive echo of vocal looping and the steady rhythm of beat boxing, the song envelops listeners in a mesmerizing spiritual journey while at the same time creating a fantastical deep sea world of possibilities and goals yet to be fulfilled.” The music video will also take you into this place, enchanting the listener frame by frame. 

An avid yoga-loving dreamer, Lyra Star was born and raised in the music city of Nashville, TN, but left after high school to eventually fall in love with the west coast. After the release of her debut album, A Thousand Dreams, in March of 2018, she decided to move from the SF Bay Area to Los Angeles to focus more on her artistic career and teaching yoga and pilates. A self-trained contortionist, Star began to break into the performing world onstage with her move to the city of angels, and has been seeking ways to combine contortion with her music, which has been compared in sound to Tori Amos, Imogen Heap, and PJ Harvey. Her ambition, hard work, and drive in a city full of other artists and creatives, have provided her with opportunities to meet and collaborate with others, which led to the recording of the song (written using only a vocal loop pedal and beat boxing), produced by Sam Garfield, and the creation of this beautiful video, directed by the talented producer/director/performing artist Tonya Kay. 

“Lyra’s imagination and creativity truly shine through her work while her pure, ethereal vocals and profound lyrics reveal a highly aware, genuinely creative soul that never lets go of the importance of following her dreams,” states Angela Mastrogiacomo of Cliche Magazine. 


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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.