Folk On The Dock 2018

On Saturday, I performed at Folk On The Dock, a music festival held at The Royal Albert  Dock in Liverpool.  I played on 2 stages with my band, on The Stan Ambrose Stage and The Liverpool Acoustic Stage and we had so much fun! Here are some photos from the day thanks to Fat Badger Photography for coming along!

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Both sets went so well and I feel like Im really starting to enjoy being on stage again after a long time off!  The song that got the most reaction of the day was definitely Cowboy Song, I definitely plan to record it ASAP!

If you were in the audience, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!

Don’t forget, you can watch the preview fo my next single ‘Let It Fly’ here…

 

And pre-save on Spotify here…

https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/katieellen/em78

Thanks for reading!

Katie Ellen x

Behind The Process: Yours

Hey Everyone!

What a beautiful day it is here! Im currently writing this from my garden lying on a hammock, I can think of worse things to be doing!

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It’s 5 days until the release of my next single ‘Yours’ so I thought I’d share a little behind the scenes of the writing and recording process!

‘Yours’ started life as three chords that I was playing in between session at my job as a singing teacher.  Its not the first time this has happened and realising you’re on to a good tune then having to wait to write it is quite frustrating but when I got home, the whole song was written in practically 20 minutes!  Usually, I will leave a song for an hour and go back and develop it further but the version being released the exact song I wrote first time and I feel it is quite a special one.

Wanting to develop my DIY recording skills, I thought why not record a rough version an share it on my social media! So I set about recording it with my basic set up at home.  My condenser mic was nearly 15 years old and had seen better days and I was using GarageBand. But after I had spent all night (literally, Im the kind of person who as to finish something once I start and I will never learn that if I start something at 11pm I will be up all night until its complete!) recording just the voice, harmonies and piano, I shared it on my Facebook page.  I have never had so many messages about a song with so many positive comments. So, although I knew the song was special to me, this made me think it could resonate with others too! It had to be my next single.

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Being a worrier and a perfectionist in many ways, I didn’t think my recording was good enough due to equipment and skill level. So I had 2 choices, invest in better equipment or book a recording studio and engineer.  I chose to continue my journey in to becoming a fully DIY musician, I went out and bought a new mic, an interface and started recording.

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While I’m diving in to recording and producing my own material, I know my limits and approached Tobi (@producedbytobi) to mix and master it once everything was recorded.  He brought an extra sparkle to the piece that I just couldn’t have done myself!  He also helped my figure out Cubase and has been giving me tips on recording and getting the best sound.  We’re planning an album over the coming months, I can’t wait!

My debut single ‘Can’t We Just Be Friends’ (https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/katieellen/c7gi) and EP ‘These Little Words’ (https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/katieellen/c9L8) are massively important to me and I’m so proud of them but ‘Yours’ is a different story altogether. ‘These Little Words’ had other musicians playing and someone else producing.  ‘Yours’ is completely my work, I played the instruments, recorded it, even the artwork was taken and edited by me in my garden (the neighbours must have been wondering what I was doing!) it makes me even more nervous to hear what people have to say about it.

It really helps calm the negative voices inside to read reviews and comments like these…

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So THANK YOU to everyone who’s heard ‘Yours’ and made time to tell me you love it. I think a lot of creatives carry a lot of self doubt and I’m no exception.  Writing a song is like telling everyone your secrets.

You can pre save ‘Yours’ on Spotify via this link https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/katieellen/dt5i

And check out the preview and competition to win a free EP and handwritten lyrics on my Facebook page here…

 

Now it’s time to get the BBQ going I think!  Have a wonderful sunny Sunday!

 

Katie Ellen x

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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


The Nashville Diaries

 

On Thursday 8th June 2017 I embarked on a journey to Nashville to fulfil a life long dream of playing my own songs over there.  It started as most journeys do… with a beer at the airport! Ok, I bought 2 because the queue was long ha!

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While waiting to board, I did a little journalling and tried to chill out although by this point, the nerves were kicking in.  At this point, I realised I’d forgotten to burn CD’s to give out!

After a 6 hour flight, I arrived at JFK Airport, New York.  The Big Apple!  I will never forget seeing the New York City skyline from the window as we landed.  I have to visit New York soon! 3 more hours in the air to Nashville!

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I arrived in Nashville at 4pm (local time) and as I walked through the airport, the excitement was rising.  There was live music in the bar, in the airport! Country music was playing over the speaker system, yep, it was Nashville alright! I got an Uber and headed straight for my apartment for the weekend.  My legs felt like they hadn’t moved in a week so I took a walk around the area to get something to eat.  A cobb salad and Cheetos and lots of water! Hydration is key to good vocals!!  I journaled a bit more and wrote about how I would definitely stay awake as late as I could so I wouldn’t wake up at 4am the next morning, then I took a shower.  5 minutes later… zzzzz!

4am, I woke up (ha!) I walked down to the supermarket again but it wasn’t open so I got a coffee from Subway! I was very surprised at how much I missed home.  That sounds so horrible but I’ve never been one to get home sick and love travelling alone, not that I don’t love holidays with my husband or family! Ever since I was little, I’ve coped well with being away.  I came to the conclusion that it is because I was out of my comfort zone so I was craving familiarity! The nerves were almost definitely setting in. By 11:30am my hair and make-up were done and I was on my way to Downtown Nashville.

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I arrived at PLUSH lounge, my venue and waited to go on.  At 3:40pm my time arrived and I did my set.  Unfortunately, my guitar was playing up and I experienced a lot of feedback but I made it work for me.  I think I sang well and it was an absolutely amazing feeling being up on the stage in Nashville!  As always, I was hard on myself and I was so disappointed about my guitar but it all comes with the territory!  They offered me another set on Saturday.  After I’d finished up at PLUSH, I headed to The Johnny Cash Museum for a coffee.  Then, realising I hadn’t eaten since 6am, I headed to the more remote bars Downtown.  During CMA fest, Nashville is so busy, like you cant walk straight without bumping in to someone! I found one and sat down to eat some fries and have a Jack Daniels Honey of course! And there was live music so I was happy to sit there for a few hours and you couldn’t get more country than sitting at a bar with my guitar, drinking Jack Daniels!

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The next day after waking up at 4am again! I headed back down to PLUSH but decided, in the end, I would rather not play when my guitar wasn’t playing properly. A decision I definitely do not regret, I am almost certain that I will get another chance to play over there.  I will make it happen, but first I want to gain as much experience as I can playing to country audiences.  I had a great day exploring CMA Fest and even got to watch a show in the Ryman Auditorium, or the mother church as it’s well know in the country music community.  Then I headed back to my apartment.

After shopping in Target (my new favourite shop in the world!), packing my suitcase which, after the shopping trip was tricky to close, I went to sleep for my early flight back to Manchester.

The whole experience was so unreal,  I never thought that I’d get the chance to play in Nashville, especially so early in my musical journey.  It’s an amazing place and in only a couple of days, I feel like I know so much more about the industry and the people in it!  I learned what my next steps are in my music career and how to get my songs heard!  Although the only negative was that it was very overwhelming, CMA Fest is absolutely crazy!  I’m taking a week or two to step back and let the experience sink in  and then it’s full throttle to the EP launch in July!  One more track to go and it’s finished!

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Nashville: Forever in my heart, always on my mind.

 

Thanks for reading!

Katie x

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One week to go…

Hi!

 

Just one week to go until my single hits iTunes, Spotify etc!

So what have I been up to?

I’ve been spreading the word via twitter, Facebook and any other way people will listen! I’ve had some good responses too.  #musichouruk mentioned me in their #musichourloves vlog https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzmHLjJR0Ew and I’ve been played on a few internet radio stations which is super amazing!  My main goal for the next few weeks is to get “gig ready” and to help with that I’m doing an online show (www.concertwindow.com/katieellen) on Sunday 30th April! I hope you can join me for it!

So, now I’m looking for people to provide reviews for the single, whether its one sentence or a whole story, I want to hear your feedback! So get in touch via email, katieellenmusic@gmail.com.

 

This is a short blog as there’s SO much to do before the release but I hope you enjoyed it anyway!!

In the mean time, heres an acoustic jam version of my song, “She’ll Wait”

Katie

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How did I end up here?

Welcome to my first blog!

I thought I’d start by telling you my story, how I got here and where I want to go.

Well, I’ve been writing music since I was a teenager.  In fact, I only started writing because it was required for GCSE Music course, I had just started playing the guitar and I ended up with a song called “Never Stopped Loving You”… yes, teenage angst at it’s finest! I thought it was lost forever but thanks to iCloud, I’ve just listened to it, wow (ha!).  From that one song, I couldn’t stop!  The next song, recorded by the wonderfully supportive Nigel Paice (now presenting his own radio show, http://www.beatentrackradio.com << check it out!) and available to listen to here… https://soundcloud.com/katieellen/good-times-by-katie-ellen

From then, I continued writing and performing but it never felt like the right time to release any of my music properly!  I mean, to me, my writing is a form of therapy. Most of the time I write about real situations I have been in or I have witnessed.  It is so personal, soul baring, emotional!  So, for the past 5 years, I’ve been focused on teaching singing, an amazing job where I get to pass on my love of music and the voice.  At the end of 2016, I had made up my mind, it was time to release my music to the world!

I recorded “Can’t We Just Be Friends” with a fantastic producer in February and now, the hard part begins.  Getting people to listen, review, recommend etc.  I’m very lucky to have some very positive people in my life right now (Sara @lostinmuzic < check out her blogs!) who have picked me up when I felt I was in over my head.

So what are my plans for the future? My main focus now is on the release of my debut single “Can’t We Just Be Friends” on 1st May on iTunes, Spotify and many more platforms.  I’m also looking to start doing a few shows in the summer and releasing an E.P. once I’ve got a few more songs recorded and of course write MORE! This is one of the scariest, craziest things I’ve done in my life and I’m enjoying every minute! Even those minutes I feel like a deer in headlights!

If you want to keep up to date with my journey you can follow my on Twitter @katieellenmusic or Facebook http://www.facebook.com/katieellensinger or you can email me to say hi katieellenmusic@gmail.com. Theres also a preview of the single at the bottom of this blog! 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Katie x