Eliza Neals

Award winning multi-talented musician

Eliza Neals is a prolific songwriter, confident producer, arranger, bandleader, pianist, and one-of-a-kind live performer. Eliza sings with unearthly passion and velvety grit, effortlessly pushing air to new heights. Her operatically trained voice has been called both sexy and menacing. None of this is surprising, of course, as Eliza mentored with Detroit’s songwriting legend Barrett Strong Jr.

“Eliza Neals and the Narcotics” is a combination of modern electric Blues, Psychedelic Rock with a twist of Jam band and Southern Soul. Original compositions have garnered Eliza a 2018 Detroit Black Music Award for “Blues Artist of the Year.” and FIVE Detroit Music Awards. A total of eight nominations in the newly formed “Independent Blues Awards” along with “Get Ready To Rock UK’s” glowing Best Artists awards in five categories. 

Eliza’s history of performing/opening for legendary musicians goes back many years from Detroit’s songwriting godfather Barrett Strong to George Clinton, The Four Tops, Kenny Olson, Mike Zito, Tommy Castro, Walter Trout, Poppa Chubby, Albert Castiglia, Micki Free, Victor Wainwright and recently Blues Foundation HOF man Joe Louis Walker.

Eliza last full album “10,000 Feet Below” is a ‘Top Album of 2017’ after landing on so many best of lists. “10,000 Feet Below” finished 2017; #14 on the Blues-Rock chart and #41 on the Blues RMR chart.

SIRIUS XM CH.74 B.B. Kings Bluesville has had Eliza Neals in rotation since she released her incendiary ‘Breaking and Entering’ literally breaking her into the National Blues scene. A total of FIVE of Eliza’s songs have been played on Sirius XM satellite radio. Her blues ballad “Another Lifetime” reached #6 on Rack-of-Blues and her most recent single New Orleans infused “Love Dr. Love” reached #12 on Rack-of-Blues in 2018. Eliza’s albums have made it onto Billboard Top #25 and had 5 singles in the TOP 5 spots on Amazon and Itunes for over 3 months.

A cadre of amazing musicians has backed up Eliza Neals over the years. “The best in the business” is what people are saying with an all-star line-up wherever Eliza goes, the audience will be thrilled with her band and plethora of special guests.

Her radio charting and press is phenomenal, however, the standout is seeing Eliza Neals perform live. Eliza’s live shows are exciting, intoxicating and jam-packed with sultry powerful vocals, spirited moves, and soulful piano playing, all while leading her stellar band not missing a beat. Phil Ohlinger the president of the Ohio “Big Bend Blues Bash” who booked Eliza said… “In seventeen years we have had some great women vocalists perform but NOT ONE has outperformed Eliza. I think we have a new crowd favorite!.”

About Eliza Neals Detroit Black Music Awards Winner
2018 Detroit Black Music Award
"Blues Artist of the Year"
About Eliza Neals Detroit Music Awards Winner 2016
2016 Detroit Music Award
"Outstanding Blues Recording"
About Eliza Neals Detroit Music Awards Winner 2015
2015 Detroit Music Award
"Outstanding Blues Songwriter"
About Eliza Neals Music Connection Hot 100
2014 Music Connection Magazine
"Hot 100 Live Unsigned"
About Eliza Neals Detroit Music Awards Winner 2013
2013 Detroit Music Award
“Outstanding Rock/Pop Songwriter”
About Eliza Neals Detroit Music Awards Winner 2013
2013 Detroit Music Award
“Outstanding Blues/R&B Recording”
2013 Real Detroit's
“Best of Detroit Blues Artist/Group”
About Eliza Neals Detroit Music Awards Winner 2012
2012 Detroit Music Award
"Outstanding Blues Songwriter"
Eliza Neals Blues-Rock album 10,000 feet below
“10,000 Feet Below”
Critical Acclaim

#1 New York Album Charts for 4 Weeks straight!
#2 Blues-Rock Charts
#8 Blues Worldwide

"Breaking and Entering"
Critical Acclaim

Top 10 Album on Amazon for 4 months straight
#11 Debut Weekly Album Blues Chart

ELiza Neals You Aint My Dog No More
“You Ain’t My Dog No More”
Critical Acclaim

#1 New York Single Charts
#3 Blues-Rock Single Charts
#10 Blues Radio Charts

“On this Merry Christmas Day” w/ Barrett Strong
Critical Acclaim

#1 Song on debut
#1 Album Roots Music Report

"the Narcotics"

Present and Past Band Members
Frankie Maneiro
About Eliza Neals John Abraham
John Abraham
About Eliza Neals Demarcus Sumter on drums
Demarcus Sumter
About Eliza Neals Lenny Bradford
Lenny Bradford
About Eliza Neals John Medeiros on drums
John Medeiros
Chris Vega
About Eliza Neals mentor Barrett Strong Motown
Barrett Strong
Mentor, Songwriter

More About Eliza Neals

Barrett Strong is one of my mentors after graduating from Wayne State University in Detroit. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Voice for Opera and a minor in piano. I traveled to Europe and felt the opera lifestyle was not suited for me at the time. I returned to Detroit and performed five nights a week in smokey clubs and everywhere else. I met Barrett and worked in his studio as tons of artists came in and out everyday. He showed me (almost) every trick in the book and you can hear some of them on my records. I love classic, late 60’s rock and 70’s soul; Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Marvin Gaye, Jimi Hendrix, and Aretha Franklin. My sisters and I would play their records and the piano as kids. I would take their music and play it my way, and make it my own. I still love all the greats, Doobie Brothers, Elton John, Rolling Stones, Carole King, James Taylor, Albert Collins, Blind Faith, Neil Young, Koko Taylor, B.B. King and so many more.

I learned the blues and started making these songs, mashed together with rock, and Southern rock. That’s when it really stoked me. I mean, Jackson Brown; the way he would play the piano was just so soulful, yet, so bluesy. All those people really got into my bloodstream. Of course there was Led Zeppelin too, and as far as female singers, Janis Joplin was way up there for me. I love Bonnie Raitt, and I listen to her constantly. I love funk, and Motown…” – American Blues Scene 2015 Interview