Women of Charlottesville

Highlighting the unique and diverse amazing women of Charlottesville, VA.

Lily Garay

This is Lily Garay. She is an amazingly talented musician and song writer. Lily has a gentle and kind spirit and a very big heart. She shines brightly! You will likely be able to see her warmth and sparkle in the images below. This shoot and interview (aside from the quarantine specific questions) took place pre-Covid-19. We chose to shoot in some of Lily’s favorite locations in downtown Cville. Enjoy her interview!

us: Lily, please tell us a little bit about yourself . . .

her: I am a very creative person and very passionate about helping others. I love anything to do with the arts. I am a singer and a content creator–so I sing and write and produce music. I also help people with branding, social media and websites.

us: What did you have for breakfast this morning?

her: Hot chocolate and a croissant.

us: Does pineapple belong on pizza?

her: No, definitely not.

us: Do you sleep in your socks?

her: I try to and then I always end up waking up without one on and one off. I hate when my feet are cold. And, I’m also still scared that something might come out from underneath my bed. So wearing socks helps protect me from that.

us: What’s your go-to midnight snack?

her: Water. I try really hard not to eat snacks at night. If I do, it’s going to be a piece of chocolate.

us: Mountains or beach?

her: Mountains, next to the Beach–so the California coast.

us: Current favorite song?

her: “Don’t Start Now” by Dua Lipa.

us: Salty or sweet?

her: I like when my cookie has like salt on top. Or, when mango has a little bit of salt. I like them best together–but, if I have to choose, I’d say salty.

us: Pet peeve?

her: When people just keep sniffling when you are sitting somewhere quiet–like in class or something. Just get up and blow your nose!

us: Room entrance song:

her: “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus. It is my go to at parties. I know all the words, and I love it!

us: Favorite place you’ve traveled to?

her: New York City. I love New York!

us: What’s your favorite room in your house?

her: Absolutely my bedroom. It has two nice windows and a pointed ceiling that transports me–haha!

us: Who has been the most influential woman in your life?

her: My mom, for sure. I love her. My mom has been through a lot. And she still wakes up everyday and does what she needs to get done. I love just how she worships God–even when she is going through the worst moment of her life. And, at that moment she won’t let it stop her from giving God all the glory and the praise. That’s something that I really love about her–my faith is so important to me. So to see somebody that you know and trust from birth and to be able to grow into an adult and still have trust in my mom, I feel like it’s a really huge thing.

us: What accomplishment are you most proud of?

her: I’ve always wanted to sing in New York City–in Manhattan. In October, I sang at The Delancey in New York City. It was so sick! I met a real life fan! And I had people like buy tickets that I didn’t meet in Charlottesville. It was really cool to feel so supported. I’ve been doing music for so long, it gets discouraging sometimes, but when you get these really cool opportunities that come out of nowhere. . . It wasn’t my biggest show, but it was still really l meaningful that I had a show in freaking New York City!

us: If you could give your younger self a single piece of advice, what would it be?

her: Make your own table. I think it’s really easy to get caught up in other people’s things and what they’re doing–trying to be like other people. It’s ok to not be included in everything. Make your own table and invite people to be part of it, if they want.

us: Can you tell me about a challenge that you’ve overcome?

her: I didn’t think I was gonna graduate college, and I did! That’s probably one of the biggest challenges I’ve overcome. It took me five years. But I finished strong, and it was a really good challenge.

us: Favorite Quote?

her: I’m doing better than I think I am. 

us: Where do you find your inspiration?

her: I love reading different versions of the Bible.

us: Any funny or embarrassing nicknames we should know about?

her: I don’t have any embarrassing nicknames. I do hate when people call me Lilith. A couple people in college called me that–not consistently, but just enough times for me to be like, please stop calling me that!

us: Any hidden talents we should know about?

her: I can move my pinky toe while not moving my other toes.

us: What are you most thankful for?

her: I’m really thankful for my friends and the way that they show up in so many ways I didn’t expect.

us: What is your favorite thing about living in Charlottesville?

her: I love everything about it. I love the people. I love the church I go to. I love the jobs I work at. I just love being here, and I think it’s a really good place to call home. Oh and how easy it is to fly in and out of!

Quarantine Specific Questions

us: Tell us one lesson you’ve learned during your quarantine experience?

her: That I absolutely am and will be okay on my own. Does it suck to come to that? Absolutely. But I’m so much more grateful for everything I am and have. I am stronger than I previously knew.

us: Favorite show to binge watch?

her: I actually haven’t been on Netflix much during quarantine, but I guess if I could pull up any show at any time it would be Blackish. Such great lessons in that show!!

us: Favorite local business to support during quarantine?

her: ABSOLUTELY, without a doubt, Darling Boutique. Linnea (the shop owner) and her team always have the best finds + local artisans.

us: Have you taken on new hobbies or discovered a new talent during this time indoors?

her: I’ve actually been walking outside a lot more! That’s been really fun 🙂 I’m also stretching a lot more, which has helped my body so much.

us: What one thing you can’t live without right now?

her: My mini google home. She reads me scriptures, plays music, and tells me the weather.

Thanks for sharing with us Lily!