After American Idol

Granville Automatic returns with country single


Olivia Olivarez and Elizabeth Elkins of Granville Automatic.

Olivia Olivarez and Elizabeth Elkins of Granville Automatic.

Granville Automatic last released music in the summer of 2015.

But the duo — songwriters Elizabeth Elkins and Vanessa Olivarez from American Idol Season 2 — are planning a busy 2018.

They just released a great country single — “A Little of Both” — that they call “an anthem for girls who really want it all.”

They plan to release their fourth history related album, “Radio Hyms,” in early May.

That’s Granville Automatic’s specialty — turning history into music. They did it on their exceptional self-titled album in 2012. They did it again with 2015 “An Army Without Music,” designed to draw attention to endangered Civil War battlefields.

On “Radio Hymns,” they’re turning their attention to Nashville, the city where they live.

“We’re so often looking outside of where we live for (song) ideas, and we realized — Vanessa realized — that Nashville is both growing and disappearing around us at the same time,” Elizabeth says in a video describing the project.

“It was her idea to look deeper into the history of Nashville and what we might be losing by losing a lot of the buildings and things around us.”

But that comes in May. In the meantime, the ladies — who began performing together seven years ago — plan to release a series of non-history songs as singles.

“A Little of Both” is the first of those. A music video will follow.

The duo have also written songs recorded by other artists, including Billy Currington’s Top 30 country hit “Drinkin’ Town with a Football Problem.”

You can keep up with Elizabeth and Vanessa through their Facebook page or website. On Twitter, they’re @gvilleautomatic.

Here’s “A Little of Both.”

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