I always like to take note of emerging artists and Elana Jane certainly solidifies a spot on that list. From singing, songwriting, and creating overall great music, she’s simply loaded with talent. She’s both apart of this year’s Country Jam lineup and celebrating her second EP, “Sing Along.” It was inevitable that I discovered more about this rising country star.
Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like?
I was born in Santa Monica, CA. We lived in Manhattan Beach for a little bit, but most of my childhood has been in Fair Oaks. I’ve always had a big personality when I was a little girl, very outgoing. Because of this, my parents threw me into dance. I was 3 the first time I went on stage and loved it, so I did musical theatre. Country music was also a big part of my life because it was the only thing my mom would play. Early years was all about Tim Mcgraw or Keith Urban. Now when I listen to their old stuff it makes me feel like a little kid.
What made you decide to become a musician?
When I was really little, my older brother Nick started to play the piano. You look up to your older siblings, so naturally I found his talent really cool. I’d say that was an early influence for me. My cousin is also an incredible guitarist that I looked up to. All of them really inspired me to become a musician myself.
What are some steps you take during your creative process?
Well as far as singing goes, there’s a crazy warm-up process! Writing for me has been all about melodies, which is the first thing that comes into my head. When I’m brainstorming a song, it’s some type of vibe melodically. I usually record voice memos of me on my phone. I’ll start humming something with gibberish words, then throw in lyrics later. I like coming up with all these melodies and then working the lyrics in to match that feeling.
Do you find that your music cultivates you personally?
Definitely. Everyone has written a song about their own life. I think it’s important to put yourself into what you’re doing. Especially with my more recent music, it’s cooler if your music reflects what you listen to. People can easily get an idea of who you are and what you like that way. I definitely believe that’s something apparent in my music.
Who are some of your biggest musical icons or influences?
I was probably six or so when I heard Taylor Swift and became really inspired by her. Of course me being a little girl, I really loved her image. I loved the fact that she was able to capture all ages. I actually met her when I was six or so when she was promoting her very first album. It was so cool as she was very sweet and down-to-earth. I’d also say she was an artist that inspired me to start writing my own songs.
What’s a piece of advice you’d give to your younger self or any musician just starting out?
Whatever music you’re making, make sure it’s true to you and what you love. Everyone has certain things about music or songs that makes them tick. Find that and implement it into what you’re doing as much as you can. The blend of your influences and what you love keeps you authentic with your own unique stamp.
Any awesome plans for the future?
This summer will actually be my first time experiencing a tour, so I’m excited about that. It’ll also be my first time in Colorado. Once the summer ends, I’ll be back for my senior year in high school. The plan after graduating will be to move straight to Nashville!
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