San Francisco Bay Area based blues pop harpist, singer/songwriter
An instrument like the harp doesn’t exactly inspire imagery of driving bass lines and mainstream appeal, and that’s what blues/pop San Francisco 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 genre constraints and doing things differently.
Since the independent release of her album (‘Who Asked You Back’, released 2.3.18), EllaHarp has toured 7 states and a province with over 100 live performances, from Bay Area festivals and radio to Irish pubs in Honolulu to ‘The Bitter End’ in New York City to opening for Grammy winning singer Mya at ‘Music Box’ in San Diego and showcasing at Canadian Music Week 2019 in Toronto.
“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
“As far as we can remember, there has never been an artist who has taken the harp and re-imagined it in such a refreshing and dynamic way”
-Kate Stevens, Indie Rock Cafe