Ellen Once Again is a singer/songwriter and musician from Texas. Her blend of soul, folk and pop vocals blend effortlessly to make a sound that is vintage without sounding dated.
Known for her soulful heartfelt singing, positive lyrics, beautiful personality and infectious smile, Ellen is inspired by Ingrid Michaelson, Lauryn Hill, Sara Bareilles, Adele, Corinne Bailey Rae & Stevie Wonder but maintains her own "quirky" musical identity.
Though she has been a musician since the age of 12—playing in church and the occasional gigs—Ellen has finally decided to pursue a career in music. “It describes who I am,” she says describing the meaning behind her stage name. “I feel like I’ve been doing other stuff but I’ve always come back to music because this is really what I want to do.” True to her word, Ellen spends the majority of her time writing, recording and teaching music to children.
Ellen’s fan base has grown exponentially thanks to tech bloggers. Her husband, full time supporter and part time producer Andre, introduced Ellen to the iPad in an attempt to convince her that his gadget addiction was actually useful. Over the Christmas break the couple used a few iPad apps (Pianist Pro, Nano Studio and Bebot) and an iPhone 4 to shoot and edit her first video. The experiment quickly went viral, garnering over 20,000 views on YouTube. The video featuring Ellen singing covers of “Hey Soul Sister” / “New Soul” was picked up by a number of blogs and lauded as an innovative use of the technology.
Ellen plans on continuing to embrace her newfound blog fame by making more videos. However, traditional music is still her first love. Armed with songwriting ability, a serious passion for music and a dream, Ellen Once Again is a name fans will soon be repeating again and again.
How do you describe your music to people?
I make indie-pop music. When people ask me about it, I like to tell them that I am one part vintage and two parts bubbly with a shot of Pop Soul mixed together to spread love through music. Yeah, that describes me perfectly.
Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
I started around 12 years old. I grew up around a lot of music. My family sang a lot, and there were always guitars and pianos in the house. Music has just always been a good friend.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Wow...other than music??? I guess I would say anything that allows me to have fun....from gluten free cooking, dancing, acting silly, etc.
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
My biggest challenge at this point in running the business is - TIME. I make a "to do list" daily and I get about half-way done. I vote for more hours in the day, or a Funday, which follows Sunday.
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be something different weekly. One week I wanted to be a painter and the next a scientist. I think deep down I always knew I was going to be a musician.
In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
I am currently living in Dallas, Texas, and not in Austin. I haven't really found a community for my type of music in Dallas/Fort Worth. But I do teach music at school, I play music at church, and I sing/play/write any chance I get. I've had the privelege of meeting a lot of great musicians a long the way and we push each other to be better musicians.
What other artists out there do you love?
There are so many great artist I love. I really like Ingrid Michaelson, Adele, and Corrine Bailey Rae to name a few. Some days I just want to listen to RadioHead or Switchfoot. It depends on my mood.
What does your future hold?
Hmmm......Hopefully getting some of my music in tv/commercials or film. I find myself watching shows and thinking "I have a song for that." I'll be performing a lot more in the near feature. I'm excited about that.