Meet Elaina. Be prepared to fall in love. Elaina is from Michigan, but you likely won't meet a more Southern heart. Her style will remind you of a classy Marilyn Monroe and her voice will captivate you with its sultry innocence and natural purity. Her songs are whimsical with lilting melodies that make you feel weightless. Elaina's voice brings back the nostalgia of yesterday and gives you hope for a beautiful future.
Elaina picked up a guitar at 14 and soon found herself studying at Interlochen Summer Camp under Dick Siegel, Frank Youngman, and Erin Moore (The Ragbirds) and where she was asked to audition for the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy (IAA). Studying under Kyle Novy and Courtney Kaiser-Cartel at the onset of the first singer-songwriter major , Elaina is now a recent graduate. In 2013, she recorded her first CD at Halohorn Studios in Traverse City, entitled Paper Love (available on iTunes, CDbaby and this website). She is currently working on a new EP due out the Summer of 2014.
As a solo artist, Elaina is well-known, playing local venues and is a must-see in the White Lake Community. She has opened for major recording artist Meg Hutchinson at the historic Howmet Playhouse in Whitehall, MI, as well as Stella! and was a performer at the 2012 Tedx Muskegon. She is a contemporary acoustic artist reminiscent of Ingrid Michaelson and Cat Powers. Accompanying herself with her guitar or celebrated yellow uke, she is currently the #1 ReverbNation Indie Artist for her area.
As a band, Elaina teamed up with Michigan Interlochen classmates ~ Katie Larson and Savannah Buist (of The Accidentals), and Taylor Fernandez to form 'Academy Four' (www.academyfourtour.com). With 46 stops in 32 days, they played original music and covered a variety of songs from various genres on their "Made in Michigan" tour during the Summer of 2013. Look for their album too.
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