ELA on starting out, her style, and playing live

ELA brought her new sound and new single “Light It Up” to the world on July 16th. Currently residing in Austin, we caught up with her to learn more about her upcoming projects and summertime plans.

Thank you for joining us ELA, could you take a few minutes to tell our readers more about your beginnings in the industry?

It is pretty simple. I started with a few songs and a few little gigs to start out. I worked my way up and played the Frank Brown Songwriters festival and won the best song. This time around in Austin I have been paying my dues, learning about stage sound, PAs and how to run a band. You can’t skip those steps. There’s personal development that needs to go on so that you CAN handle the bigger things that come next. I’m pleased to say that I am ready to move on to the bigger things and so excited for what’s next!  I am grateful for where I am today and where I’ve been because it has made me who I am! 

Where do you see your career taking you within the next year?

I see myself rocking big festival stages and touring the country! My band is almost ready to kick it and rock a new sound and style. The right label or distribution deal would be amazing in getting music out into the world where it ought to be.  We are ready to roll. We are going to keep releasing singles and videos!

Tell us more about your incredible style.  Who are your fashion and style icons?

My fashion style icons particularly for the video are Halston as disco inspiration for the video. It was so exciting to get outside of the box for me and really let loose.  A few of my favorite, iconic designers are: Dior, Jean-Paul Gautier, Versace and Dolce and Gabanna in particular. I paint as well and will be revealing some custom pieces for the next video. I can’t wait for you to see them!

What will you be up to this summer?

I am focusing on writing and releasing new music this summer. I’m building a new fan base around my name re-branding as ELA, verses Ella Reid, and I don’t want to alienate my fan tribe, so I’m working diligently to bridge the divide and bring everyone together!

If you could write with any artist, who would it be and why?

There are so many artists that I’d love to write with, but if I had to choose one I’d say Justin Timberlake. He’s an amazing songwriter with incredible versatility, and what a performer!

Please tell us about your last gig!

With all my gigs I try to have a unique experience. Mostly for myself as much as for my fans, I like variety and keeping it a fun experience.  I also like to engage the audience and keep them involved and interested.  It makes a good time for everyone!

When is your next show?

My next big show is in Houston Sept 21st at Avant Garden for the Bayou Fem Fest! Tickets can be purchased from a link on my site ElaShines.com

Where can we support your music on line?

The best way to support me is to Like + Follow + Share content on social media!  I look forward to catching up with all of your readers out there!

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