New York songwriter Ellen Woloshin releases her latest album Water Into Wine in Sept.
Possessing an easy-listening soft as silk warm as toast alto voice that is note-perfect. Her decidedly female-friendly approach to her songs are personal yet universal (with a hint of women songwriters from the past) giving them a welcome freshness. Ellen has also done some stunning versions of several well-known songs, most notably her rendition of George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” which received airplay on the BBC Radio 2. Her broad range of live and recording experience and early work in jingles has created a strong professional foundation. As a songwriter she has written for Dionne Warwick, Ben Vereen and LaToya Jackson.
Water Into Wine was produced by Kevin Bents (Steely Dan, Phoebe Snow, Boz Scaggs) an is enriched by Kevin’s innovative production ideas that breathe new life into songs that Ellen’s co-writer Jennifer Dent already felt strongly about. In addition, Jon Gordon (Suzanne Vega, Madonna) arranged and produced the last track “You Break My Fall”
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Recording music is an intensely personal process for Ellen as she explains “The process of recording and performing music has been an important step in my personal journey. My intention was to present a CD that is modern and sophisticated but universal at the same time. Making this record was a very intimate experience of letting my true feelings show.”
Ellen’s connection with music is simply a part of her. She grew up studying classical piano and started singing at the age of 16. When she decided to forego a classical career, Ellen quite naturally fell into the “family business.” The daughter of Sid Woloshin - the legendary Madison Avenue jingles man who wrote one of the most powerful ad tunes of all times, McDonald’s “You Deserve a Break Today,” Ellen found a way to use her talents by becoming one of the voices of McDonald’s when she was still in college. From there, Ellen sang and wrote jingles for the likes of advertisers from Crystal Light to Trump Towers (including making certain the entire country knew that “Nobody Cares for Eyes More Than Pearle!”).
But it is as a singer-songwriter that Ellen has really distinguished herself. Ellen’s personal appearances have reached from the college circuit to gigs in her hometown of NYC at the famous Knitting Factory and as part of the “Battery Park Concert Series” to performances at the Bluebird Café in Nashville. Ellen has opened for such artists as Laura Nyro, Bill Stains and Jim Dawson.
With Water Into Wine, Ellen reaches a new maturity as an artist and unleashes her vision to the world at large, instantly making us all her confidants. And we are all the better for it.