'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 way I have, irrespective of circumstance, age, gender or other potential limiting belief.'

Since starting her musical career in 2018, Elaine was 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's first ever 'ALBUM OF THE YEAR' Award.

With BLABBER ’N SMOKE naming her ”One of the most in demand performers on the Glasgow music scene”, her live performances have been dubbed by many as ‘not to be missed’. She has performed at UK FESTIVALS, Nashville's BLUEBIRD CAFE, opened for artists ranging from Rab Noakes to Eric Paslay and performed headline shows with Grammy Winning Singer-Songwriter Michael Logen.

HOST of FIREWALKER FILMS Productions and MILLPORT COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL ARTIST'S JAM, her music has featured regularly on BBC Radio winning her comparisons to Lori McKenna, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Annie Lennox, Carole King, Nina Simone and Adele. This Cumbernauld mum has created her own musical tapestry, linking her unique blend of old and new with her distinctive vocal and style.

 

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

THE HOMEBIRD SESSIONS, a show Lennon created during lockdown, now has a hybrid bend of on-line and in-person  shows in which Lennon is in concert and conversation with some of the finest UK & International songwriters. Dubbed 'A must see for music fans and writers everywhere' by THE HERALD and 'Just Beautiful' by Eve Blair, BBC RADIO ULSTER., her commitment to support and nurture the songwriting community, particularly via the Show's SHOWCASE ARTIST slot introducing 'new to our ears' talent, has lead to her being nominated under the 'HERO OF 2021' category in The Americana UK Readers Poll 2021 (voting closes Dec 19th).

Following her 2019 TEDx Talk: LITTLE BIRD LITTLE SAILOR, Lennon was invited back in December 2021 to perform a special HOMEBIRD SESSIONS at TEDx Show with guests Yvonne Lyon & Adriana Spina, outlining 'Ideas worth sharing' on navigating as independent artists within the industry moving forward. They co-wrote, co-produced, recorded and released a song inspired by the TEDx Theme 'What Now', their own friendship and how they helped keep our musical flames alight when they were dulling against heartache of the pandemic and loss of loved ones. THE LIGHT, the first song to be released under The Homebird Sessions Brand is also the first  song ever written specifically for, and performed live at, a TEDx event.

 

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.

Lennon is currently developing her Homebird Session offer and writing, with Help Musicians funded mentorship from Ben Glover, Emily Barker, Findlay Napier and Boo Hewerdine, for a 2022 solo release with Hewerdine in the Producer's chair.

'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.'

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THE BLUEBIRD CAFE, NASHVILLE, 2019

MEET ELAINE.

 

My 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 recall with perfect clarity the goosebumps I felt, at age 10, hearing the voice of Caren Carpenter sing 'Rainy Days and Mondays' from the old brick cassette player my dad gave me. My soul connected with her voice & her emotion...I knew with the certainty of a child that music would always be a part of my life. It wasn't something I considered making a career of however, it was simply a part of who I was...something intwined in the very fibres of my being.

I've always loved helping others grow & learn so after graduating I taught at GLASGOW CALEDONIAN UNIVERSITY, later 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 I turned to music and wrote my first song, 'ALONE HERE WITH ME', as a form of 'self-therapy'. I wasn't quite ready back then to share my music with the world...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 IAIN ANDERSON SHOW...

 

Before music would become my chosen path, there were years of rehabilitation and pain management programmes, learning to live and thrive with/in spite of physical limitations & chronic pain from injuries from the crash. 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 a big part of my MUSICAL INSPIRATION - there was a newborn reason to write, STORIES TO TELL, messages to impart to them, pieces of my heart I hoped would live on in songs for generations to come. I would write and sing the songs 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 industry 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. People approach 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. It's like 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! For this and so much more I am eternally grateful.

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TEDx CUMBERNAULD WOMEN

'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.'

 

MAUREEN HASCOET

Founder of Firewalker Films and Producer of TEDx Cumbernauld Women.

 

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