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What's Mine Is Yours

Folk-pop
"White, the stars in the night/The sound guides your sight/Don't fight the way you feel inside/It's more than you need/You're safe here with me/It all starts the moment you believe"—from "The Moment You Believe"

While he may not be a household name just yet, Eliot Morris has earned props from critics for his potent mix of pop, rock and soul reminiscent of John Mayer and Bebo Norman. And to support his debut, What's Mine Is Yours, he was the opening act on the recent Goo Goo Dolls tour with Counting Crows, an experience that Morris describes as "unforgettable."

But unlike popular singer/songwriters like Mayer or Gavin DeGraw, he's not interested in writing more songs about guy/girl relationships. Instead, he longed to write about deeper things. "For me, the whole relationship subject is a little tiring," he confesses. "I could never write a whole record about that. You can't be alive and be an artist without being bombarded with what's going on in the world. You don't have to be an artist to recognize it's sort of a strange moment in history."

That "strange moment" is something he addresses in "Fault Line," one of the album's standout tracks. While the lyrics aren't explicitly spiritual in nature, there seems to be an underlying tension with lines like "I hope you know that we're all disappointed/I'd like to meet with this god you think anointed you/Please pencil in my appointment."

"You're right, there is a tension here," Morris told us in a brief interview. "When I was making the record in L.A., I worked with a producer named Tony Berg. What was most apparent from our discussion was how differently we grew up. I grew up in the Southeast, surrounded by all things conservative; he grew up around Hollywood. So of course, ...

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