2017 Highlights and a new song…

2017, what a year it has been! I wanted to use the final day to reflect on the year as a whole.  The good, the bad and the ugly.

As 2017 opened, I was writing music that nobody heard and I had given up on performing altogether.  I have to admit, if anyone were to ask me to perform, my confidence had taken so many hits, I would have refused anyway.  Yet there was still something inside me that longed to make music and show it off.  And thats where it all began…

I had a wave of self belief in February and booked a session in a studio, ‘Can’t We Just Be Friends’ was brought to life.  I wrote the song when I was around 18 (I think!) and played it at open mic nights etc, but mostly I choose it because my family always enjoyed it.

Here’s an older performance, 9 years ago to be exact (thanks YouTube!)

 

Then came the decision to release it…

In April, I wrote my first blog and the rest, as they say, is history.

Some of the highlights of my year include;

 

My trip to Nashville in June!

 

Being featured on BBC Introducing in Merseyside as well as being asked to perform live in two sessions.

 

Performing at the amazing Folk On The Dock festival at the Albert Dock, I loved performing in my home city, Liverpool, in such a fabulous festival.

Successfully funding my EP ‘These Little Words’

 

And meeting loads of like minded musicians and supporters and forming some life long friendships, I truly couldn’t have done all of this with out you.

So, 2018, what have you got in store for me? I hope to at least start recording an album.  I’ve written so many songs over the last few months, I feel like I’m ready to start a longer project!

So to close out 2017, heres a new song I recorded over in Manchester (Jordan Ashurst on guitar). Its a live acoustic recording, let me know what you think!

 

 

See you in 2018!

 

Katie Ellen x

 

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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’ 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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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


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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Half Way There – Literally!

 

To celebrate being passed the half way point for my Kickstarter campaign, heres a preview of one of the songs!

Half Way There (fitting don’t you think) appears twice on the EP.  First as a full bodied country song and then again stripped back to a piano and voice track, the way it was originally written.   This preview is of the piano version, I hope you enjoy!

 

 

You can still help my Kickstarter campaign by pledging here:

Pledge Here!

 

Thanks for all the support and thanks for reading!

 

Katie Ellen x

Could this be my most country song yet…

Hey everyone!

Today I made a live performance video for my newest song ‘Cowboys & Liquor’! I think it’s my most country style song to date, what do you think?

I played it on electric guitar, I don’t pick it up that often but I felt it suited the song and the guitar itself is very pretty don’t you think!?

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Let me know your thoughts on the song in the comments below and don’t forget, you can support my upcoming EP and pre order it by pledging to my Kickstarter campaign!

Click here to read more out the campaign!

Thanks for reading/watching!

Katie Ellen x

Where I am and where I want to be…

Hey Everyone!

     I’ve been a bit quiet again so apologies but I wanted to update you…

     I’ve hit a bit of a lull of late and, although I don’t feel like I’m going backwards, I feel like I’m standing completely still.  Like nothing is happening.  Of course, this is mostly due to the lack of drive on my part but it’s also due to hitting a plateau on Kickstarter. I’m nearly at the half way point and I’ve been there for a while!  While part of me wants to really push it, the other part of me is afraid of failure so much that if I don’t push it, that will be my excuse! I’m not sure I’m making any sense right now! Does any one else fear failure as much as I do?  Failure is part of life and especially part of life as a musician but it’s still a hard thing to accept.  One of my favourite bands Little Big Town have a song called “Happy People” and theres a quote:

 

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imagesThat’s what I’m trying to be, happy! So this song is my new life “theme song”!  I cant be afraid to fail, and be the artist and writer I want to be, in other words, I need to get over it!!  I only have 3 and a half weeks left to get my act together for the release and the Kickstarter campaign, I desperately want to hold a finished physical product in my hand! I feel like I’ve worked so hard for it, not only with performing and writing but on my confidence and self-belief!  If anyone has any words of wisdom on this subject, comment below! I’d love to hear how everybody else copes with these issues, I can’t be the only one who feels this way!

 

I’m taking a few days out of the week to do a bit of writing and planning and hopefully a video of a new song to come too so don’t give up on me just yet!

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Even writing this blog has helped me regain momentum.  Writing is always my release, no matter what the medium!  Also, this morning on my way to Liverpool (I’m looking after few summer school days) I re-istened to my EP all the way through to remind myself what I’m trying to achieve and I’m so proud of it all over again!

 

 

My Kickstarter campaign link is :

Kickstarter Campaign.

Again, thanks for reading! Sharing across social media is a massive help too, so if you have a second please consider sharing!

Katie Ellen x

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28 days left to pledge! 

I’m nearly at the half way point in my campaign and we’ve still got 28 days to make it happen! A huge thank you to those who have pledged so far, I’m looking forward to sending you the finished EP and writing out the lyrics for you! I best get practising my handwriting skills! If you’ve ever seen my songwriting notebook you’ll see my writing process makes for dodgy handwriting but I’ll put more effort in to yours, promise! If you can, give the project another share! Everything counts and I’m grateful for every bit of support! My next performance is 19th August at the Atkinson theatre, Southport, come along and listen to some of the songs from the EP!

Pledge here…

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/380967327/these-little-words-the-final-hurdle/posts/1948835

Katie Ellen x