Independent folk artist Ella Janes built a loyal following busking on the streets of her hometown Winchester, following in the footsteps of Simon & Garfunkel and French songstress Françoise Hardy with her romantically contemplative songwriting, nostalgic lyrics and finger-style guitar playing.
Alongside her studies at the University of Exeter, Janes immersed herself in the local music scene, drawing comparisons to the likes of Eva Cassidy and Katie Melua, before turning French ears to her evocative, alto voice in the city of Nantes (France), where she spent a year studying. Graduating in 2014, she moved to London to pursue a career as a singer/songwriter, opening that same year for Simple Minds at Alnwick Castle, before emerging onto the London music scene as a resident at Ronnie Scott’s in Soho.
In 2017, Janes was invited to appear at the TEDx Rome event ‘2037: The Future is Our Present’, where she performed a series of original songs exploring areas of science and philosophy.
The following year she travelled to Germany, integrating herself in Berlin’s folk circles and building a loyal international fanbase. She was subsequently asked to compose for TEDx Dresden’s conference ‘Listen’ in 2018. Throughout that same year, Janes supported Jools Holland at eight dates on his summer and winter UK tours, finishing with a show at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 1st December.
2019 saw her open for the likes of Tiny Ruins and Joseph, as well as successfully crowdfunding her debut album, which is due for release later this year. The album launched with her debut single ‘Earth and Moon’ on Friday 1st May. The track is about loving somebody from far away when you can’t be there for them in person (something that is currently relevant to many quarantined, self-isolating people around the world).
For more info, head to: www.ellajanes.com
And take a listen to the track ‘Earth and Moon’ below…