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“At a gig a couple of months ago, a man came up to me and told me he had recently lost his wife of 45 years. He said I had played some of her favourite songs and that he felt closer to her. To connect with people and make them feel something is really special. I will always remember that day.”Ella Powell
Terrigal’s Ella Powell has a vocal maturity far beyond her years. At 15, this young lady has already accompanied the brightest stars in the biz, including Adam Harvey at the 2019 Toyota Country Music Festival Tamworth.
Ella, then only 14, took out third prize and the people’s choice award at the event’s coveted country music busking championships. View her winning cover of Lady Gaga’s Shallow above.
After hearing her sing, we had to find out a little more about this amazing new Australian talent.
What, or who, inspired you to become a musician?
“It’s quite strange actually because none of my family are musical. From a young age I used to constantly sing around the house, and write my own songs. At five I was fascinated by artists I watched on the TV and really wanted to sing like them. At about six I started to learn guitar, but it wasn’t right for me at that time, and I struggled. I started singing lessons at around eight and then just before my 10th birthday a friend of my dad’s who is a music teacher gave me a couple of guitar lessons. I’ve never put it down since!”
If you could choose a lyric from any song, what would it be and why?
“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.”
“Imagine by John Lennon was one of the very first songs I learnt. This lyric has an impact every time I sing it. I’ve had such big dreams and aspirations from a young age. My goal is to have an impact on people through my music; I believe that’s why this lyric resonates with me so much.”
Are you still busking? What do you like best about it?
“I’m gigging the majority of the time now, but I still busk at events. I really enjoy busking at the Rocks Markets in Sydney and at the Avoca Beach Markets. I love the vibe of busking; I can’t describe how amazing it is to be surrounded by a crowd of people who are appreciative of what you do.”
“I’m a musician because it’s my passion, but I also play to connect with people and to make them smile. When that happens, I feel like I am giving something back and I hope I’m making a difference.”
What’s a really memorable moment you’ve encountered gigging or busking?
“At a gig a couple of months ago, a man came up to me and told me he had recently lost his wife of 45 years. He said I had played some of her favourite songs and that he felt closer to her. Those words really stuck with me; I realised why I became a musician. To connect with people and make them feel something is really special. I will always remember that day.”
What’s a great piece of advice you’ve been given?
“One of the best pieces of advice I’ve been given was from my guitar teacher a couple of years ago. He told me to stay true to myself; and always have something to say when I write a song. That advice really stuck with me. It’s definately taught me to be more honest in my songs and to find ways to do that while staying true to myself.”
Where can people see you sing?
“I gig at numerous functions, events, restaurants and at weddings on the Central Coast. You can also book me for private events.
You’ll also catch me playing at festivals around NSW.
I always update my social media pages about where I’ll be playing next. So jump on and say hello!”