Little Bird

Little Sailor

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TEDx SPEAKER,

HOST,

TEACHER,

AWARD-WINNING SINGER-SONGWRITER

& MUM

Featured on BBC Radio Scotland, Ted.com, Mummy Jojo Uncut, Cumbernauld Unlocked, Songwriters & Composers Magazine Scotland, Celtic Connections and creator & host of 'The Homebird Sessions'.

 

Since starting her musical career in 2018, Elaine has been awarded Nashville Songwriter's ONE TO WATCH, has a coveted DANNY KYLE AWARD under her belt and won CREATIVE SCOTLAND support for her Debut Album (Produced by Findlay Napier & Engineered by Paul and Jamie Savage). Released to high acclaim at CELTIC CONNECTIONS 2020, the album was awarded Celtic Music Radio (The Official Station for Celtic Connections) first ever 'ALBUM OF THE YEAR' Award.

She has hosted & performed at major UK FESTIVALS, Nashville's BLUEBIRD CAFE, opened for artists including Eric Paslay, William Michael Morgan and Danny Schmidt, and performed double headline shows with artists including Grammy Winning Singer-Songwriter Michael Logen.

 

This 45-year-old Glasgow mum truly believes in 'passing it forward' and helping others achieve their potential. So when she was invited to deliver a TEDx TALK: LITTLE BIRD LITTLE SAILOR, she used the lyrics from her song of the same title to shape her inspiring talk on listening to the 'little voice inside', facing your fears and working hard to follow your dreams.

During the 2020 lockdown, Elaine started building an on-line musical community through 'THE HOMEBIRD SESSIONS' where she invited her musical peers to perform and chat about the stories behind their songs then join in on an interactive live Q&A with the community. She has been invited to give the highly acclaimed series a 'home' at Creative Scotland Supported Cumbernauld Theatre, Glasgow, where she will return to record her next episodes in front of a live studio audience (winter 2021 if regulations allow).

 

"The Homebird Sessions are just beautiful. Elaine has such an infectious personality - the positivity is just glowing from her!" - EVE BLAIR, BBC RADIO ULSTER

Elaine's 2020 charity single 'UNCHARTED WATERS' raised funds for the PAEDIATRIC WARD at UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL WISHAW where her youngest son was treated in 2019 to remove a benign tumour. She was supported by a raft of talent on this project including Boo Hewerdine, Karine Polwart, Siobhan Miller, Yvonne Lyon, Findlay Napier, Chris While and Euan Burton.

Elaine is currently writing for her second album, working on sync placements, co-writing with and helping other artists bring their music projects to life (Including Boo Hewerdine, Yvonne Lyon and Simon James) and 'helping the next one in line' by offering qualified coaching and mentoring sessions to people of all ages who are starting out on their own songwriting journeys.

'I'm passionate about music and see it as my key connection with others, a way to comfort, motivate and inspire people to work hard and follow their dreams in the same the way I have, irrespective of circumstance, age, gender or other potential limiting belief.'

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"Majestic. Lennon's vocals are tremendous. The songs stay with you for a long, long time after listening to the album" - MAVERICK 

"One of the best debut albums I have heard in years." - FATEA MAGAZINE

"Sophisticated... assured ... brooding classic beauty" NORTHERN SKY

"Engaging and enthralling" - FOLKING.COM

"Gifted with a delicately beautiful voice, her sound embraces light soul, jazz and radio-friendly pop" - LONESOME HIGHWAY

"Assured debut taking Americana somewhere new" - UK AMERICANA

"Stunning" - COUNTRY MUSIC & DANCE MAGAZINE

Strong and impactful it sets the stage for a musical career that many believe will stand the test of time.' - LOUDEN TEMPLE

 

"Some of the most powerful and passionate lyrics I have heard in a long time. The whole production is a delight from first track to the last. Fabulous musicianship, powerful and thought provoking lyrics, all brought together with vocals that will give your heart quite a few tugs."  - FATEA MAGAZINE

'This is a very impressive debut album from Elaine. The production and musicianship are wonderfully complementary to the songs and bring out the very best in Elaine's music and voice. Really Lovely Stuff’ - BEN GLOVER

"Despite only deciding to turn professional in 2018, Lennon has produced across-the-board plaudits for her self-titled album, from which the beguilingly beautiful 'Only Love Can Break Your Heart' is taken. 'Next Friday Night' is a beautiful bittersweet love ballad that reflects her songwriting skills." - RnR MAGAZINE

'Sublime. Lennon recalls some of the classic singer songwriters from the past with echoes of Janis Ian, Dory Previn and even Nina Simone hovering around.’ - AMERICANA UK

MEET ELAINE...

 

My own eclectic musical taste stems from growing up listening to Eva Cassidy, The Carpenters, Jimi Hendrix, Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, John Denver, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers, along with the greats of Classical and Opera.

 

I love when great melodies intertwine with stories that hook me in, leaving me wanting to listen over...songs that speak to me, make me laugh and cry, remind me of something dear, carry a powerful message...inspire me...songs that make me FEEL something - that are real and fearlessly from the heart.

I've always been a dreamer & I've always loved music. I still recall with perfect clarity the goosebumps I felt hearing the voice of Caren Carpenter sing 'Rainy Days and Mondays' from the old brick of a cassette player my dad gave me. My soul connected with her voice...her emotion...and I knew with certainty as a child music would always be a part of my life. However, it wasn't something I ever considered making a career out of - it was more just a part of who I was...something intwined in the very fibres of my being.

I've always had a desire to share with others what I had learned, so after graduating with Honours I started teaching at GLASGOW CALEDONIAN UNIVERSITYlater moving into the private sector as SNR HR LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT MANAGER. This chapter, however, was brought to an abrupt end following injuries I sustained in a car crash in 2002 which left me unable to function at my previous level.

It was during this dark time of incapacity and pain that I turned to music and wrote my first song, 'ALONE HERE WITH ME', as a form of 'self-therapy'. wasn't quite ready back then to share my music with the world, however...that would come much later with 'Alone Here With Me' featuring on what would become an AWARD-WINNING DEBUT ALBUM, the track itself being the first song of this century to be played on BBC RADIO SCOTLAND's coveted 'THE IAIN ANDERSON SHOW'...

 

Before music would become my path again, there were years of rehabilitation and pain management programmes, learning to live and thrive with/in spite of physical limitations & the chronic pain the injuries from the crash left me with. I believe you should always make the best of what you have and follow your dreams in spite of what may appear as limitations...so I built 'workarounds' that would enable me to be ready for the next stage in my life...becoming a MUM to two amazing little boys!

These two little miracles became MY MAIN MUSICAL INSPIRATION - I had true meaning again in my life and a reason to write, STORIES TO TELL, messages to impart to my kids, pieces of my that I hoped would carry on for generations to come. I would write songs and sing them to the boys at bedtime, noting which ones they liked the most and asked for 'again'...and which ones they perhaps remembered the melody of but not the lyric, giving me an indication of which parts of the songs I'd need to do a little more work on!!

When my youngest started school in 2018, I sat with my husband and worked out if creating music, my true lifetime passion, was something I could now consider pursuing on a professional level. All these years and life lessons later...I was finally ready!

With only one or two friends in the music scene and no experience in writing or performing my songs professionally it was a daunting decision to leap into the unknown...yet with a strong desire to share my songs in the hope that they would connect with (and perhaps even motivate or inspire) a wider audience, and that feeling deep inside that I ‘just could not NOT do this’ ...I took the chance and went 'all in. 

 

I am thrilled that the songs and their messages are really CONNECTING WITH AUDIENCES, with people approaching me after live shows to share how my songs are now part of their lives, that my lyrics tell their own stories, inspire them to take action and follow their own dreams.  I really feel that THE SONGS HAVE TAKEN ON A LIFE OF THEIR OWN and no longer 'belong' to me...they have their own HIGHER PURPOSE and I'm so happy that I have helped them come to life and reach the people who needed them most.

Since taking that leap of faith, focussing on making this dream a reality, I have enjoyed regular airplay on BBC & ONLINE RADIO, been awarded NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL 'One to Watch', had song placement in the coveted NSAI TOP 40 and added a coveted DANNY KYLE AWARD to my musical CV at the 2019 CELTIC CONNECTIONS Festival...the same Festival I would return to the following year to release my AWARD-WINNING DEBUT ALBUM to a SOLD OUT audience!

If you'd like me to help you on your own songwriting journey (whether you're looking to writ professionally or if you'd like to write a song for that special someone or occasion, then please get in touch!

HOW YOU CAN HELP ME ACHIEVE MY NEXT DREAM...

There is LOTS MORE TO COME from this curly haired girl and I'm excited about what the future will bring.

You can become a valued part of my musical journey and HELP ME TO CREATE THE NEXT ALBUM by DONATING what you can towards the costs of time to write, create demos, pay for musicians, engineering, mixing, mastering, artwork, Barcodes, CD / Vinyl manufacturing & Packaging, distribution onto digital platforms, PR for release...as an independent artist who's income has been devastated by the Pandemic any donation you make is invaluable on helping me get my next album out to you to the highest quality you are now accustomed to from me! Any help at all would be greatly appreciated.

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Winning comparisons to Lori McKenna, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Annie Lennox, Carole King, Brandi Carlile, Nina Simone and Adele this Glaswegian mum has created her own musical tapestry, linking her unique blend of old and new with her distinctive vocal and style.

 

She demonstrates a real talent to write in a way that flows through genres and effortlessly across timelines (as shown in her track 'In Songs We Live On'), her music connecting with people in ways few other things in this world can.

On first hearing I was hooked immediately by both the quality of her music and her songwriting ability. Here is a lady who sings from the heart with real passion and who writes lyrics that you can both understand and associate with. One of my favourite female artistes is Beth Nielsen Chapman who writes about life with an extraordinary feeling and compassion, and Elaine Lennon does likewise - a sheer delight.

FATEA MAGAZINE

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With the sole purpose of motivating others to follow their dreams and find ways to achieve them, no matter what challenges stand in their ways, Elaine shared with refreshing honesty, her story of paying attention to the guidance of that 'little voice inside', overcoming not only life changing injuries sustained in a car crash but also overcoming her own personal fears of not being 'good enough'.

She shares how she finally took action and worked hard to achieve her dreams, finding ways to live with the chronic pain, HMS and fibromyalgia resulting from injuries she sustained dint he crash, and how she manages to navigate through life now in the world of music.

 

Through sharing her story in an honest, positive and motivational way she hopes to truly inspire others with her words and her songs.

"...it's my way of 'passing it forward'" says Elaine.

MAUREEN HASCOET

Founder of Firewalker Films and Producer of TEDx Cumbernauld Women.

Little Bird

Little Sailor

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ALBUM OF THE YEAR

"A delight from first track to the last" - FATEA

With well-respected contemporary Findlay Napier producing and Paul Savage engineering at his Chem19 Studios all of the magic on this debut album was captured with a cream-of-the-crop array of supporting musicians, including Patsy Reid on strings, Iain Sloan on pedal steel, Euan Burton on bass and Napier himself on guitars.

From the brooding darkness of ‘This’ to the uplifting ‘Little Bird Little Sailor’; from the heart-rending despair of ‘Alone Here With Me’ to the reassuring unconditional love of ‘By Your Side,’ this is a collection that provides a true and touching insight into the song-writer’s heart and mind.

Add to the tapestry the captivating love story ‘Next Friday Night’, the powerfully moving ballad ‘Only Love Can Break Your Heart’ with its beautiful language; the swagger of ‘Trouble’, the fresh originality of ‘Fear (Break-up Song)’ and the nostalgia of ‘In Songs We Live On’ (an artistic link of old and new where Elaine’s melody, lyrics and vocals have been masterfully blended with 1960s authentic jazz piano recordings of her uncle who had passed away before she was born) and this strong debut is bound to seal a strong future. Read more about the Story behind 'In Songs We Live On' here.

The album was launched at a SOLD OUT show at CELTIC CONNECTIONS 2020. Lennon later played at the CC LATE NIGHT SESSIONS at another packed out show, sharing the lineup with the likes of legendary Scottish Singer-Songwriter Boo Hewerdine.

The album was Album of the Week on a number of radio shows including BBC RADIO SCOTLAND's THE IAIN ANDERSON SHOW, BBC Radio UlSTER'S 'THE LATE SHOW WITH EVE BLAIR' and Celtic Music Radio. Listen back to Elaine chatting about the inspiration behind her songs with Liz Clark on the 'Album of the Week Show'. The album also won Elaine the very first Celtic Music Radio ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2020.

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"The Homebird Sessions are just beautiful. Elaine has such an infectious personality - the positivity is just glowing from her! And she is a great interviewer - really enjoyable! Do check out Elaine’s lives on Facebook - she’s just lovely! I really could listen to that Glaswegian accent all day - so positive, so upbeat!" - EVE BLAIR - BBC Radio ULSTER

'THE HOMEBIRD SESSIONS' is a Facebook Live Series started by Elaine during Lockdown to provide a place for music lovers to come each Wednesday for a 'musical hug' - somewhere they could check in regularly, feel part of an on-line community, hear some songs and listen to the stories behind them.

With three series under her belt, the 'Homebird' Community has grown while managing to maintain that welcoming 'feel-good' factor and now includes the rare opportunity for fans to get involved with live interactive Q&As.

An 'artist's artist', while Series 1 was all about the stories behind Elaine's own original songs, Series 2 expanded on that to delve into the songs & stories behind some of her songwriting peers.

With her warm, infectious personality shining through Elaine chats with some superb Singer Songwriters in the series including Mike McKenzie, David Latto, Adriana Spina, Boo Hewerdine, Yvonne Lyon, James Edwyn, David Starr, Simon James, Jesse Terry and Michael Logen.

Ask to join Elaine's 'THE HOMEBIRD SESSIONS Facebook GROUP Page' to catch up on the LIVE Q&A artist sessions to date.

The transcripts from this Series have become a regular feature in Songwriters and Composers Magazine Scotland online magazine.

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