San Francisco 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 6 states with more than 80 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.
In addition to local shows in the Bay Area, EllaHarp will be working in the studio to record singles for release in 2019.
“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