Feb 29, 2020
I sit down with Ellee Ven
ellee ven, is a singer, songwriter and creator.
In the midst of a quarter life
crisis she moved into apartment “1111” and her entire life changed. On the tip of a
stranger, she took a trip to Minneapolis and returned home with 3 original songs and
her own genre of music, Groovetonics, was born. A fusion of rock and electronica
influenced by Prince, Bowie and Berlin, ellee ven's groovetonics is music made to lift
your mood and make you move.
The self proclaimed groovalutionary's single
Under My Skin was a DJ favorite and her song You Can Buy Me won
Video of the Year at The South Bay Music Awards. Soon after, she
took home the award for
Electro Pop Artist of the Year at the Los Angeles Music Awards. These events inspired
PROJECT 11, an 8 part series of singles remixed by DJs around the world and
released on vinyl and on CD.
ellee ven has been giving back to her community as a passionate philanthropist. She hosts an annual event called “Give into the Groove” which has benefitted dozens of charities since 2001. All of her philanthropic efforts are driven by her mission to put people in touch with the creativity and kindness that exists within us all.
In 2016, LexArts, one of the artistic influencers in Lexington, honored ellee ven with the “Change the World with a Giving Heart” Award on National Philanthropy Day in Lexington, Kentucky.
Her super loyal trio is made up of drummer Jody
Giachello, guitarist Antony Lee and
rapper Prodéje. She says “The thing I’m most proud of is that each of my collaborators
are superstars in their own right. We choose to collaborate and it’s been magical.” Bassist Sam Sims and keyboardist Jeff Motley are recent and bombastic additions.
At the moment, she’s back at work with two industry veterans to release a series of new singles. Engineer Reggie Dozier and percussion superstar Terry Santiel, whose partial list of credits include Justin Timberlake, Outkast, Kenny Rogers, Rose Royce, Janet Jackson, Joe Cocker, Sheila E and Marvin Gaye.
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