Well, what a busy couple of weeks it’s been! 

On Tuesday I played 2 sets at Manchester Food and Drinks Festival and played another yesterday (Sunday) and then I had another, very special gig. I was asked to sing and play a song for a couple celebrating their one year anniversary at a restaurant. It was a surprise organised by the husband and it got me thinking…


Are we too concerned with reactions on social media and not giving enough time for live, face to face music? I’m not denying that there is a place for ‘online artists’ but it doesn’t compare to the emotional and real reactions of real life. 


I wrote a new song yesterday and after 2 gigs and another cold, I was so tired! But as always my brain decided to give me another idea and I started writing again. Only half a song came out before I really HAD to call it a night. I feel very inspired and it’s very welcome after a couple of weeks of minor writers block.


What do you think of social media’s part in the music industry? 

Katie Ellen x


(👆🏻 social media links 😂)

Old notebooks, new reviews and learning new things…

This is my first update for a while, so apologies for the quiet period! As you may well know from my last post, I had a horrible few weeks with a virus that apparently enjoyed living inside my body so much, it decided to have an extended visit! This meant me missing my Concert Window gig but also I had to bow out of an appearance at Worcester Music Festival. I was really dissapointed but, I know when to call it quits and admit defeat. 

I’m only just getting my voice back so I’ve started writing again and this morning I wrote half a song. A good start and hopefully I’ll finish it at some point. Either that or it will go in the pile of half written songs I have (ha!)

This morning I found 2 old note books. I’ve always kept a journal of some kind but went a couple of years without. Those years were probably the hardest because I had no outlet. In January, I started a new one and everything felt a little better.  I cringed as I read through these old notebooks full of poems, feeling, songs, quotes etc and then I found this…


The original lyrics for Can’t We Just Be Friends! And the story behind it that I had journaled in detail. 

In other news…

Yesterday, I attended a networking event in Manchester that provided workshops for musicians and their managers. It’s something I applied for and was chosen to attend so an opportunity not to be missed. 


I enjoyed the day and leant a lot about the specific areas I feel I’m lacking momentum in.  As well as funding opportunities with various arts charities.  

Also, check out the latest review of the EP here:

https://blog.appetizerradio.com/2017/09/spotlight-katie-ellen/

Here’s my favourite part…


Big thanks to James for writing such a great review which includes an interview where I reveal my influences etc! Be sure to have a read!

The next time you can catch me live is on Tuesday 3rd October at the Manchester Food and Drinks Festival and then again on Sunday 8th! 

http://foodanddrinkfestival.com/festival-hub/event/mfdf-city-life-stage-katie-ellen/
Hope to see you there!
Katie Ellen x


Concert Window- Resceduled!

The concert window that I had scheduled for Sunday evening has, unfortunately, had to be cancelled due to a spell of tonsilitis! 

I love doing concert window gigs and not being able to sing really gets me down! I’m always singing from morning to night and it’s my “day job” as I’m a singing teacher, which I absolutely love! 

I’m sat in a walk in centre as I write this so hopefully will get some antibiotics and be on the road to recovery as soon as possible. I’ll post another performance date soon! 

Don’t forget that the EP is OUT NOW on iTunes, Spotify etc and you can get a CD for just £5 as a special offer for 2 weeks! 

Katie Ellen x

These Little Words- OUT NOW!


These Little Words is now available on most digital music stores! Some of the links are below…

iTunes/Apple Music

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/these-little-words-ep/id1278064429

Spotify

Amazon Music

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07591GB95/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_MlKSzb3P1JG4W

Google Play

https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Katie_Ellen_These_Little_Words?id=Bzpcr2bp5xl2v7frurnlpwgos5m&hl=en_GB

I really hope you enjoy the EP, let me know what you think and which is your favourite song!


Katie Ellen x


‘These Little Words’ CD Offer!

Missed the Kickstarter campaign but still want a CD copy of my debut EP ‘These Little Words’?

You’re in luck!

 

For the next 2 weeks ONLY, you can order it for just £5 with no P&P charge (will be £2)! What a bargain! Just fill in the form below and you will be amongst one of the first people to receive the EP in all its physical glory!

 

 

This offer expires on 1/10/17

 

Katie Ellen x

These Little Words: Available on CD!

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Yesterday marked the end of the Kickstarter campaign I started in order to raise funds for the printing of the EP on CD and I’m ecstatic to say that we did it! I exceeded my goal of £350 and raised £371!

Today I woke up extra early and sent off the art work and masters so (all being well!) I should be holding ‘These Little Words’ in my hands in a few weeks! I am so EXCITED! I was quite emotional sending the files off so just think of how I’ll react when the delivery arrives!

Massive thank you to those I have been talking to all morning when I couldn’t make my mind up on the images I wanted, you deserve a medal (a CD will have to do ha!).

 

It’s all happening and I still can’t believe the experiences I’ve had so far this year.  This is only the beginning for me though, I’m more determined than ever to get my music heard by as many people as possible…

Katie Ellen

Katie Ellen x

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EP Release delayed until 8th September!

Hi Everyone!

 

 I come baring bad news! I’ve had to delay my release by a week!

 

The reason for this is that there is another ‘Katie Ellen’ on iTunes, Spotify etc (I was there first but hey ho!) and I’m not comfortable having someone else music under my name so…

 

I’m not doing total re-name but when you search for me on all of the online stores I will now be searchable as…

Katie-Ellen

It’s something that has been playing on my mind and I want it to be perfect so it will have to be a week late!

On the other hand, if you want the EP sooner, you can pledge to my Kickstarter campaign…

More Info Here

 

The Kickstarter campaign still finishes tomorrow as planned.  Make sure you’re up to date with all of the news from my performances and musical adventures by liking my Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/katieellensinger!

Katie Ellen x

Folk On The Dock 2017

Well, what a day I had yesterday at Folk On The Dock!  Probably my biggest performance with the biggest audience so far on this journey and I absolutely loved it!  When I started performing again after a hiatus of many years, my nerves always over shadowed any other emotions. But slowly and surely (I’m trying not to jinx myself) I’m falling in love with the performance side of things again, even when performing my own songs! I absolutely loved every second of yesterday’s performance and we drew a crowd who really seemed to get in to the style and feel of my material. 


After arriving at The Albert Dock, I received a programme and thought it was really cool to see my name in the programme. Of course I sent a picture of it to my Mum, who lives in Co Durham! 

All in all I played 7 song, which was the perfect timing of 25 mins exactly, my allotted time! 

1. Can’t We Just Be Friends

2. One Reason 

3. Love You Right 

4. Cowboy Song

5. He Wasn’t Looking At Me

6. (Your Song) Out Of My Head

7. Half Way There
My favorite song to sing was surprisingly, Cowboy Song as it’s pure country and fast! I felt really at home singing it which is not my usual preference, as some of you may know, I favour emotional ballad songs. 

Here’s a snippet from my instagram account (@katieellen_music)

Then there’s Love You Right, a song I wish I had written sooner so it could have been on the EP! I hadn’t given it much of a look in until the mega talented Alun Parry played it for me in rehearsal. He played it exactly how I heard it in my head, now I want to record it desperately! Maybe my next single, keep your eyes peeled! Here’s us playing it live yesterday…

I’ll be posting more clips throughout the next week on my Facebook and YouTube so keep updated and follow me on my social medias!

After, I had finished my set, I headed to the Gin Tin in the courtyard and enjoyed an amazing cocktail (even got a discount because the owner enjoyed my music, winner!) 


All in all, a day to remember and a step in the right direction for me as a performer as well as a songwriter! At the moment I feel like I’ve got a song to write so watch this space for new material! 

My Kickstarter is at 77% with less than £100 to raise so please consider pre ordering the EP here…

Pledge Here!
This time next week my EP will be available on iTunes, Spotify and most digital music marketplaces! 

If you want to know what to expect, check out this review…

http://www.klefnotes.com/music_reviews/katie_ellens_these_little_words/

So exciting! 

Thanks for reading! And thanks for the support so far!

Katie Ellen x


BBC Merseyside – Live performance and interview.

On Wednesday 23rd August I appeared on the Billy Butler show on BBC Merseyside to promote the Folk On The Dock festival that I’m playing a set at on Sunday 27th August (2:20pm on the Stan Ambrose stage).

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The experience was so much fun and, although I was super nervous before hand, I enjoyed singing my songs live on the radio!  I especially enjoyed being interviewed by Billy Butler, he was funny and seemed to enjoy my songs!

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After arriving at the BBC Merseyside studio, I heard ‘Can’t We Just Be Friends’ being played which meant a quick song swap so we ended up playing ‘Your Song (Out Of My Head)’ and ‘One Reason’.  Thankfully, both went well thanks to my very professional guitarist Alun Parry (check him out here >> http://parrysongs.co.uk ) and of course my coolness under pressure (not so much! ha!).

All in all, a great day and a wonderful opportunity! If you want to listen you can follow this link…

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05btznp

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Katie Ellen x

EP out 1st September 2017

 

Don’t forget, you can pledge for the EP here…

PLEDGE HERE!

Todays Musical Adventure…

Today I did something that proved to me how far I’ve come over the last 6-7 months, I auditioned for a national songwriting competition.  And I didn’t tell anyone I was going!

About 5 months ago, I sat down and thought of all the things (music/performance wise) that scared me and since then I’ve ticked them off one by one.  Auditioning and allowing someone else, who doesn’t know me from the next person, to tell me whether they like my song or not was definitely at the top of the list.  So, I entered a competition.

Today was the day and I turned up to a full room of like-minded people and my fight or flight instinct kicked in.  I have this voice in my head when I get nervous saying ‘Just go home!’.  I fought it all the way to the audition room where I performed ‘(Your Song) Out Of My Head’ with my guitar and left to await the result.

10 minutes later the names of the people through to the regional final were called.  And mine was one of them!

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The point of today wasn’t to win a contest but to push myself past the limitations I set myself.  I’m not a fan of XFactor or The Voice and I don’t think there is a place for them in my musical journey but today I was able to put myself out there and open myself up to rejection.  Whether or not I decide to participate in the live final is still up in the air.  I/m not sure how it will help me progress towards my goals but, in time, I’ll let you all know!

Other News…

Yesterday,  Cherry and I tried busking in Southport. Heres ‘Can’t We Just Be Friends’.

 

 

And in case you missed it…

 

Tune in to BBC Merseyside on Wednesday 2-4pm to hear me play live!

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It’s been such a busy weekend! I’m so ready to chill out and so id my dog, Max, so from us, Goodnight!

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