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NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS’ ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL 2019 ‘One To Watch’ Elaine Lennon won CREATIVE SCOTLAND support for this, her highly-anticipated debut album. Strong and impactful it sets the stage for a musical career that many believe will stand the test of time.

When Elaine’s youngest of two children started school in 2018, she reassessed what she wanted to do with her life and career. She sat with her husband and worked out if creating music, her lifetime passion, was something she could now consider pursuing on a professional level.

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

 

With the support and belief of her husband and family, she set off on this new path. The fearless honesty in her songwriting, her warmth and connection with her audience, positive work ethic, attitude of continuous learning and whole-hearted dedication would lead to her gaining respect of her peers and to her hosting her own Songwriters' Rounds with established artists, performing double headliners with Grammy Winning Songwriters, being featured on the line-up at major festivals and now self-releasing her debut album. 

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.

“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,” she says.

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.

Since her first live appearance in December 2018 and collecting a prestigious Danny Kyle Award to her CV, Elaine has matured into a performer who is being tipped by many of her peers as someone who has rightly earned “not to be missed” status.

Winning comparisons to Carole King, Stevie Nicks, Linda Ronstadt, Belinda Carlisle, Carly Simon, Adele and Lori McKenna, this Glaswegian mum has demonstrated a real talent to write in a way that flows through genres and effortlessly across timelines, her music connecting with people in ways few other things in this world can.

“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

“BEAUTIFULLY CRAFTED SONGS EVOKING THE SENSATION YOU HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO HER MUSIC ALL OF YOUR LIFE!” -

FINDLAY NAPIER

 

“RICH IN COLOUR AND FULL OF FLAVOUR, AND WITH ONE OF THOSE RARE VOICES THAT JUST SOUNDS EFFORTLESS AND ORGANIC” - DANNY SCHMIDT

Elaine has been surrounded by music from an early age. Her eclectic taste in music has stemmed 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 music and Opera.  

 

Her musical tastes are reflected in her ability to write in a variety of ways, creating her own musical tapestry, linking her unique blend of old and new with her distinctive vocal and style.

 

Elaine is building a solid fan-base for her own music and a reputation for working with high calibre artists, both in the writing room and on stage (see below).  

She co-writes with artists both in the UK and the US, including Award-Winning UK Country Duo 'Raintown' (Their co-written song 'My Whole World' will feature on Raintown's forthcoming album). To hear Elaine sing their song live at the Eric Paslay Album Launch this year please see 'Recorded Performances' section below.

 

Artists Elaine has had the pleasure of working with:

  • Eric Paslay

  • Michael Logen

  • Findlay Napier

  • Danny Schmidt

  • James Edwin

  • American Young

  • Lockeland

  • Raintown

  • The Remedy Club

  • Jason McNiff

  • Lars Pluto

  • Katee Kross

  • Zoee 

  • Kenny Foster

  • Simon James

  • Jade Helliwell

  • Kezia Gill

  • Gasoline & Matches

  • Sam Coe

  • David Latto

  • Kevin McGuire

  • Scott Ashworth

  • Pauline Vallance

  • Kate Kyle

 

Festivals:

  • Celtic Connections

  • Country 2 Country (Country on the Clyde)

  • Millport Country Music Festival - Solo Set + Organiser and Host of 'Artists Acoustic Jam' (Maverick Magazine)

  • Maidens of Music

  • Glasgow Canal Festival

Venues Played:

​include..

  • Maverick Magazine Acoustic Tent at Millport Country Music Festival (Isle of Cumbrae)

  • Bluebird Cafe (Nashville)

  • Royal Concert Hall (Glasgow)

  • The Beacon Arts Centre (Greenock)

  • The Tolbooth (Stirling)

  • Glad Cafe (Glasgow)

  • The Renfrew Ferry (Glasgow)

  • The Old Hairdressers (Glasgow)

  • Stereo (Glasgow)

  • The Cairndale (Dumfries)

NSAI:

Elaine joined fellow artists Martha L Healy and Nayland Smith this year to support them in the cooridnator role of the Glasgow Chapter of Nashville Songwriters Association International

Recorded Performances:

Only Love Can Break Your Heart - 'Your Life in a Song: The Cathedral Sessions'

My Whole World - Eric Paslay Album Launch