Bay Area Based harpist, singer/songwriter of blues, folk and pop influence.
An instrument like the harp doesn’t exactly inspire imagery of driving bass lines and mainstream appeal, and that’s what Bay Area based harpist, singer/songwriter Ella Dawn Jenkins, aka EllaHarp is working to change.
Armed with a fresh take on contemporary blues, the musical lineage of composer/arranger Gordon Jenkins, and a unique instrument she designed for the purpose, EllaHarp is pushing the harp out of type-cast expectations and doing things differently.
Since the independent release of her first album in February (‘Who Asked You Back, released 2.3.18), EllaHarp has toured 5 states with more than 50 live performances. Opening for bagpipe rock band, Celtica in Honolulu, Irish singer/songwriter, Keith Harkin in Kansas City and San Francisco, and Grammy winning singer, Mya in San Diego, as well as local radio performances/ interviews and playing local festivals.
In addition to local shows and festivals in the Bay Area, EllaHarp will be touring New York in November and Oahu in December, as well as working in the studio to record singles for release next year.
“Blues-tinged bass lines and drones depart from the celestial plucks and swirls typically associated with her ancient instrument…understated, intimate vocals are set off by the rhythmic snap and resonance of her harp strokes”
–Jesse Hamlin, San Francisco Chronicle