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The Rock-itt : October 2010
Not many artists would have the confidence to produce a ten track LP as the result of their first foray into the recording studio, but that is exactly what Northern Beaches teenager Ella Freestone has done with her eponymous debut album. The result is an album bursting with an eclectic mix of radio-friendly pop, acoustic folk, and songs that lie in the ambiguous realm of the 'alternative' genre. Freestone's extraordinarily mature sound is driven by soaring vocals, supplemented by lush instrumentation, with tracks like 'Illusion' drawing favourable comparisons to Katie Noonan's recent work. This independent release is cleanly mixed to emphasise the strength of Freestone's vocals, but this does not detract from the youthful exuberance that permeates a strong catalogue of distinctively Australian pop songs. The album's strength lies in its diversity, as Freestone flits effortlessly between genres and styles. Album standout 'Threading Beads' highlights her burgeoning pop sensibilities, while the wistful 'Dove In A Cage' sees her channelling English folk songstress Laura Marling. In a final testament to her versatility, Ella Freestone closes with an acapella cover of traditional American spiritual 'Motherless Child', a song immortalised as the first played by a band at Woodstock. Ella Freestone is a 17-year-old 'acoustic/pop' singer-songwriter from Manly. She has just launched her debut album under the guidance of Erana Clark (Vocal Coach for Australian Idol and X-Factor, and director of Meshach Music in Dee Why).. All songs, except one, are written and performed by Ella. Erana Clark says of Ella: "Such beautifully crafted honest songs. Melodies that are fresh and brave. Ella is not afraid to be who she is. To work with her has been a delight! This album has got to take some ground. It is simply awesome!" Both industry and general public alike are making early comparisons between Ella's song writing and vocal skills and that of Joni Mitchell, Katie Noonan, Jewel, and Eva Cassidy. Ella's distinctiveness is in her capacity to cross genres so effortlessly between foot tapping pop and rising folk ballads. Ella has been writing and performing songs since she was 14 years of age and is now in her final year of school and completing her HSC. She recently sang backing vocals for Vanessa Amorosi at Fox Studios and was previously selected for the Judges Choice Singer-Songwriter Award at the 2008 NSW Kool Skools Competition. Currently independent and unsigned, Ella's heart's desire is to continue writing and singing and have a career in writing and performing music. Following her HSC Ella plans to embark on a state wide tour promoting her album. As well as music, Ella loves the outdoors, meeting new people and film editing. Ella is also passionate about issues of politics and human rights, and has travelled to Indonesia and Papua on a number of occasions to be involved in aid work. Ella has just launched her own website at www.ellafreestone.com For contact and bookings