No Brit School alumni, Elli developed her impressive vocals first in her bedroom, then gigging in her hometown of Brighton. She grew up in a musical house: her dad performing in a classic rock cover band, her mum listening to Joni Mitchell, reggae and ska and her sister playing piano.
At 14, a teacher entered her into a talent show; she sang Norah Jones and won. Her name was read out at the end of the night but she’d already left for a party and her mum had to collect the award. Thrown in with “all these boys who just wanted to make rock”, she struggled to find a place and considered quitting. “I was like, what am I supposed to sing, Primal Scream?” Finally she found a boy who shared her mum’s love of reggae and they started performing in local pubs: “to our parents and a few drunk people.”
Now, having toured Europe with Chase & Status and sung to a crowd of more than 10,000 at Glastonbury, she says the stage is where she feels most at home: “It’s the best feeling. I feel relaxed and safe in a weird sort of way. Especially when it’s dark and you can’t really see anyone and it’s just me. I love it.”
Fresh from experimenting with her unique sound and crafting her debut album, today Elli Ingram releases “Table For Two” on Island Records, alongside the stirring video directed by British surrealist art filmmaker Nadie Lee Cohen. “Table For Two” is a soulful ballad lamenting the melancholy end of a crumbling relationship. Showcasing Elli’s impressive vocal range and stylish sensibility, Ingram delivers an explosive and engaging performance in between striking cinematic visuals.
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