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Meet Elara

Today we’d like to introduce you to Elara.

Elara, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My mother’s side of the family is very musical. My uncles, cousins, and aunts were either singing or playing an instrument at all our family gatherings. I was never confident enough to sing in front of people as they were. The majority of my singing as a child was done in my room, living room and bathroom. I would belt out Celine Dion and Whitney Houston records. I have wanted to be an artist ever since I was a child. I can’t tell you exactly what age I personally realized I could sing, but it was definitely really early on in my childhood.

My mom likes to say I have been singing since I was four, so let us go with that! It wasn’t until I was 13 that I gained confidence to sing in front of an audience. I sang at my 8th-grade graduation. After that, I got the performing bug and did my high school’s talent shows and musicals. I have always known I was a singer but struggled to find myself as an artist. I auditioned for every singing competition various times. I thought the only way I’d be able to be a star was if I got onto one of those singing shows and signed a major record deal.

But in reality, I never needed any of that. I moved to LA in late 2017 with my dream and heart on my sleeve. I began writing songs, and although those first records I recorded haven’t seen the light of day because the energy and sound wasn’t great; I am very proud of them. Early this year I met Koji Kali, who would later become not only my producer and co-writer but one of my closest friends. We met through a mutual acquaintance in a recording studio.

I immediately fell in love with the records she played me and I knew she would help me develop my sound. I have been working with her ever since and she’s produced my whole debut album, which is due to be out in October of this year! Through Koji, I met Enny, who took my songwriting, stories, feelings, and ideas to a whole different level. She is able to tell stories like no other. I have always wanted to do pop music, but never l liked the meaningless messages. With Enny and Koji, I have been able to create pop with purpose and work with my closest friends.

Has it been a smooth road?
Ha, it has definitely not been a smooth road. One of the biggest obstacles I have had to overcome and still working on is my self-love. I thought to be an artist I’d have to be a certain weight, height, and look like everyone else. I never thought that I was good enough. I was an obese child, with dark hair, brown skin and very insecure. Society taught me that I wasn’t good enough to be an artist just the way I was. The older I get the more I realize that-that isn’t true. I am enough.

Tell us more about your work.
I believe what sets me apart from other artists is that my story is different. My image, background, and sound is unapologetically me. I am known for making pop with purpose. As a pop singer, I wanted my music to have to mean something. It’s not like I am going to be singing about how happy I am all the time (bc I am not!) I want to share my insecurities, struggles, love, failures, wins, happiness, sadness; nothing is off-limits. I am most proud of my music and the impact it can have on people.

I am genuinely excited about everything I do. I am always creating and spamming my team with my impulsive ideas. I have also learned from my friend and creative partner, Enny, to let my music and art breathe. To give it the time and attention it deserves. Every record on my album was handmade by three women in a small bedroom by laughing, crying and just sharing our stories.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I see the music industry molding to our differences as artists. We will continue to break boundaries and not fit into the industries mold. I see artists being more politically active and using their platforms to speak on important issues.

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Nicolette Daskalakis, Enny Owl, Jennelle Fong

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