EllaHarp is an SF based singer songwriter on harp and banjo playing unique, self-designed/made instruments that fit in the overhead bin of an airplane. Her dynamic live performances entertain with humor and a knack for creative storytelling, while showcasing both instruments in signature style – blending folk + Americana with pop sensibilities, highlighting dark, thoughtful lyrics and memorable hooks.
Despite the pandemic, EllaHarp built a strong social media following (40K on IG, 20K on FB and over 2M streams since COVID) and her track ‘Time’ can be heard on Netflix’s ‘Emily in Paris’.
‘Expertly-crafted work developed by an astute and heartened artist’ – Jonathan Frahm, For Folk’s Sake
SF based singer/songwriter EllaHarp is a curious sort of artist. After years honing her skills touring, recording, and releasing music on a unique harp she designed for the purpose, 2020 saw the addition of another self designed/built instrument that got swiftly put to work; a small, 5 string banjo which fits just inside said harp’s case, which in turn fits neatly in an airplane overhead. A bit like musical Russian dolls…
Her 2021 sophomore album ‘Screaming Into the Void’ showcases both instruments in signature style, blending folk and Americana with pop sensibilities, highlighting dark, thoughtful lyrics and memorable hooks. The independently released album saw multiple chart appearances on the NACC Top 30 Folk, the AMA top 200 and the FAI Top Albums in both Oct and Nov 2021.
Entering the scene with her 2018 debut album, ‘Who Asked You Back’ (#4 and #2 on RMR Top 50 Folk and Top 50 Contemporary Folk Album charts), EllaHarp played 150+ shows in 7 states and a province (opening for Grammy winning singer Mýa in San Diego to showcasing at Canadian Music Week in Toronto), bringing dynamic live performances that contrast dark songwriting with humor and a knack for creative storytelling.
Despite the pandemic’s blow to a promising start in 2020 (opening for Hollow Coves and Harrison Storm in SF’s Noise Pop Festival) EllaHarp shifted focus and built 40K followers on Instagram, 20K on Facebook, and over 2 million streams since COVID. She performed in Seattle Hempfest 2020 and her track ‘Time’ can be heard on popular Netflix show ‘Emily in Paris’.
Press: (full press list Here)
‘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’ San Francisco Chronicle
‘An artful pop genre that is almost its own entity entirely’ We All Want Someone to Shout For
‘Sweetly rhythmic with lilting vocals, San Francisco-based singer-songwriter EllaHarp’s “Screaming Into the Void” is both soothing and penetrating. The repeating harp arpeggiations carry the tune, while the lyrics express her intense frustration. The result is a lovely paradox‘ Parade
‘Celestial and elegant, attached to an angel’s hip, the harp is an instrument of the ether. Until Ella Dawn Jenkins brings it right back down to earth’ Ventura County Reporter
‘EllaHarp’s supple, seductive voice slithers its way through and around her exquisite mad harp skills to brew up some serious voodoo magic.’ Boston Survival Guide