Bay Area based harpist and songwriter of blues, folk and pop influence, Ella spent 4 years studying harp in rainy Scotland and holds a BA in Scottish Music from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. Her own songwriting melds hints of traditional music with bluesy riffs and melodies to create a style not generally associated as having anything to do with the harp. She is the granddaughter of conductor composer arranger Gordon Jenkins (Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Judy Garland) and Disneyland bandleader and studio musician Bill Ulyate (Disneyland, Fox orchestra). Ella designs and sews all her own clothing, built a tiny house on wheels which she lived in for over 5 years, and designed and built her own unique harp with her boyfriend that is specifically suited to travel and the style of music she plays.
EllaHarp is releasing her debut album ‘Who Asked You Back’ February 3rd. ‘Who Asked you Back’ offers a fresh take on the harp with a compilation of bluesy, riff based kickers and a hint of creepy, stolen baby mythology. The album is primarily solo harp and voice, with 2 tracks featuring electric guitar from Smash Mouth’s Sam Eigen.