Livingston has signed to Elektra Records, Billboard can exclusively announce today (Feb. 19). He also unveiled the lyric video for his debut single, "Fairytale."
On the track, the 17-year-old pop singer shouts out Pixar films like A Bug's Life, WALL-E, The Incredibles and Toy Story, while grappling with harsh realities growing up. "At age nine, I lived through Pixar on a screen/ And every single problem seemed so little then to me/ 'Cause Flik still saved the anthill even though I couldn't see beyond/ The kids at school that hated me and my insecurity/ Oh I thought I was invincible/ But Mr. Incredible could only take so much," he croons on the melancholy single.
“'Fairytale' is about the moment where someone you look up to lets you down," Livingston, who hails from Denton, Texas, tells Billboard. "Putting this idea in the form Pixar superheroes felt like the right way for me to tell my story. Everyone knows these stories and their moral lessons, so drawing from them gave me a really easy starting point to express my warning about putting all your faith in someone who is just as human as you are.”
“We knew there was something special about Livingston from the moment we met him," add Elekra Music Group co-presidents Mike Easterlin and Gregg Nadel. "At seventeen years old, it’s already evident he is a true artist — from writing and recording to mixing and producing all on his own, we know it’s just the beginning for Livingston. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome him to the Elektra family.”
"Fairytale" will serve as the lead single for the Texas-born teen's major-label debut EP, Lighthouse, which is set to be released later this year Elektra.
Listen to "Fairytale" below.