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Fast Five: Ellie Lawson

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When did you begin making music, and did you ever ponder a different career?

I have been singing and making up songs ever since I can remember and this was always my passion and love. I didn’t study music mainly because piano lessons weren’t an option financially when I was young and I didn’t pick up a guitar until I found one later when I finished college. When I chose a degree course and found I couldn’t choose a music related course, I went for Audio visual production and Communications studies as I have always been interested in real life stories and documentaries and thought that maybe this could be a different career for me. At that time my music career started to take off as a singer-songwriter, and I have been at it professionally ever since!

How would you describe your music?

Singer-Songwriter, with uplifting message based songs…

What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?

I’ve had a great adventure with my career starting out in the UK for years writing to trip hop instrumentals, then teaching myself the guitar with an 8 track recorder and these demos getting heard by a big producer in LA. I flew back and fourth making an album, got signed in New York and lived there for 2 years…..did a tour around the US, and came back to the UK and released albums and EPs on my label ‘Create your own Reality’. I’ve also been working as an EDM artist in the last 2 years and just released an album of material.

I feel I’m in a really good place now. Very grounded and happy that my creative spirit is still as strong as it ever was. I’m releasing my new 5 track EP 16th December 2012 called Insights, made with an amazing producer called Ian Grimble who has worked with some incredible artists and someone that I’ve wanted to work with for years. We recorded harp, double bass, and a string quartet on this EP! The first Single is called Back on Track and the 2nd single Try . I’m then getting back to writing and recording for my next projects!

If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?

Tracy Chapman is one of my all time favourite artists and her voice gives me Chills. I love that her lyrics are so meaningful and she is so laid back.

What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?

Kate Bush’s The Kick Inside is one of my all time favourites, so maybe I’d take that. I once played my mums vinyl version one night on my own after a night out clubbing and it was incredible listening to it. I really felt I was in the stories that she was describing and love the mixture of real instruments and mythical voice and lyrics. Its one of those albums that takes you somewhere.

www.ellielawson.com