On her full-length debut Somewhere in Between, VÉRITÉ shows a self-possessed intensity shaped by years of working as a decidedly independent artist. In creating the album, Byrne collaborated with producers in New York and London and L.A. and immersed herself in a more experimental process than she'd ever attempted before. "I threw myself into all these different and uncomfortable situations with people I'd never worked with, and said yes to new sounds and collaborations without worrying about how it would all come together," she says. As executive producer of the album, VÉRITÉ blended organic and electronic elements into a rhythm-driven sound that's ornately arranged but charged with raw feeling.
At the heart of Somewhere in Between is a selection of songs that "dissect fragments of my experience as a human and twist them in unusual ways," according to Byrne. "I like playing with the sentiment of human relationships" she adds, "but the lyrics are more about my relationship with the world, and dealing with things like apathy and boredom." On lead single "Phase Me Out," she delivers a beautifully moody slow-burner that shows the full force of her delivery, her vocals gracefully shifting from delicate to devastating. Embodying the beat-heavy dynamic of Somewhere in Between, "When You're Gone" builds a powerful backdrop for her piercing lyrics ("I don't mind you leaving when the damage is done/I don't mind how I feel the same when you're gone"). And on "Saint," VÉRITÉ offsets her brutal self-awareness ("Maybe you're too innocent/And I'm a crack in your glass") with a growling bassline and hugely anthemic chorus.
Byrne starting singing at age 8 and soon took up piano. At 13 she joined an all-girl punk band that covered the Breeders, and - several years later - co-founded a seven-piece alt-rock act complete with a full horn section. Soon after moving to New York City at age 20, she began creating as VÉRITÉ and balanced her musical pursuits with working up to 70 hours a week at Applebee's in Times Square, sometimes starting her shift at 6 a.m. and then heading straight from work to sound check.
Her debut as VÉRITÉ, the independently released and entirely self-promoted 2014 single "Heartbeat" quickly drew major buzz online. Though record labels were soon courting VÉRITÉ, she chose to continue waitressing and fund the release of her debut EP Echo with her Applebee's tips. "I decided that I didn't want to answer to anybody or change anything to appease someone else," says Byrne. In 2015, the same year she released her sophomore EP Sentiment, Byrne quit her waitressing job to pursue music full-time just before heading out on her first-ever tour. Since then she has completed two North American headline tours and released her highly acclaimed third EP, 2016's Living. She's also opened for such artists as Tove Lo, BØRNS, Marian Hill, and EDEN and appeared at major festivals like Lollapalooza and Firefly, plus made her television debut on the TODAY Show. To date, her total streams on Spotify alone have reached over 180 million.
Post album release, Byrne performed to sold out rooms throughout the US and has collaborated with other independent minded artists Allie X and Pell.
VÉRITÉ continues to remain an independent project and Byrne is active in lending her voice to the new music industry, writing for outlets such as Forbes and sharing her experiences as a creative CEO. Currently, she is in the studio writing new music.