With her distinctive and soulful sound, MOBO and BRIT award winning singer songwriter Ella Eyre has had an incredible few years. Born Ella McMahon, her power house vocals can only leave a lasting impression on any listener and if you havent heard her before, then I can guarentee you will do during 2017. At the age of 23, Ella has a huge following of “Eyre heads” and having recently sold out her headline show at KOKO London, this year is set to get better and better.
Born to a Maltese fashion designer and a Jamacian chef, Ella has always been competitive having started training as a swimmer during her teen years which eventually gave her a scholarship to boarding school in Somerset. Ear health put a stop to this sport and Ella soon enrolled to the BRIT school in Croydon where she was able to learn the arts and in particular she was able to focus on musical theatre. Any interview you read with Ella describes the moment Ella was cast as Tallulah in the stage show of Bugsy Malone and how it was during her time in this role that she realised her love for singing. Having previously been part of choirs but never getting solo roles, she was oblivious to her talent.
Doors were opened for her following the 2013 collaboration with Rudimental on “Waiting all night” which charted at Number 1. If you are a self confessed Eyre Head like I am, you may have noticed that she mixes her incredible vocals with impeccable melodies and that you immediately join her on an emotional rollercoaster that can have you cry one minute and then dance the next. However, following the BRITS performance in 2014, it was blatantly obvious that Ella was one to give 100% of her energy to her performance and she even stated that this particular performance was fuelled by adrenaline and anticipation. Being a fan of big and bolshy shows, she will always ensure any audience has an incredible time. Aswell as being Runner-Up in BBCs Sound of 2014, Ella has also appeared on tracks with Tinie Tempah, Bastille and Naughty boy and certainly not forgetting the fantastic DJ Fresh with “Gravity.”
Having met Ella in a cold and wet Leicester Square in February this year for the UK premiere of Fifty Shades Darker, she is easily one of the most approachable artists in the industry. As usual she appeared impeccible against my windswept, I’ve been stood in the cold for about 3 hours, look and with her flawless skin and incredible curly hair, it is no wonder she became the face of Armani Diamonds. The internet is inundated with interviews detailing her beauty and fitness regimes however she has stated that her hair, which can take up to 3 hours to style, is her statement piece and as such she tends to limit the amount of make up she wears. Beauty goals!!!!
Feline, her debut album, was released in August 2015 and is a fantastic album full of relatable tracks which are based around real life thoughts and feelings for Ella. Having been influenced by the likes of Amy Winehouse, Lauryn Hill, Micheal Jackson and Ella Fitzgerald (who she was named after) it was always important to Ella that her fans could relate to the lyrics she sings. The album is described by her as a diary and with tracks she wrote from the age of 16 and continued to write up to the release date, you can clearly hear her growing up from track to track. Certainly one of my go to feel good albums!
So what has 2017 got in store for Ella Eyre, well I am very excited to see her perform at V Festival this year and if her instagram has anything to go by, her forthcoming music has some incredible collaborations in store (not verified) with teasing pictures and story updates from the likes of Sigala. Having also just revealed that she will be supporting Little Mix this year, there is clearly a lot that she is looking to give this year. We know she is working really hard to finalise her second album and I am certainly looking forward to hearing some new music from her this summer.