Swedish songwriter, singer, musician Jade Ell and Australian saxophonist, singer Sheona Urquhart take time to speak with Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta of Luxury Experience about their latest project, Ell & Hart, and their two new singles, Hotel of Hearts, and Hushabye Mountain. Talent times two is incomparably brilliant!
Sheona, thank you for taking time to speak with Luxury Experience.
Hart (Sheona Urquhart) & Ell (Jade Ell)
As way of
background information for our readers, Jade
Ell is an award-winning singer, songwriter, composer, and musician who has
made her musical mark not only in Sweden, but as an international talent as
well. Her many accolades include awards from STIM (The Swedish Performing
Right's Society), and SKAP (The Swedish Society of Songwriters, Composers, and
Authors). An acclaimed songwriter, she has contributed to albums that have sold
over 5 million albums worldwide, and her songs have been recorded by many
international artists including RBD (Rebelde),
which hit the #1 spot on Billboard Top Latin Album Charts.
Ell & Hart
saxophonist Sheona Urquhart developed
her talent as a precocious musician playing Jazz clubs in her native Australia
while still in school. Her prowess has led to an encompassing musical career
that has taken her around the world singing on cruise ships, was the founding
member of "Ginger and Tonic" a female a cappella quartet, with whom she
released two albums, and she has appeared on radio programs, and on television
on an Australian "soap opera."
Jade, we first
heard you play in Stockholm over 13 years ago, were blown away by your talent,
and have been following your career ever since. As always, you keep
surprising us in a good way as your music ever evolves as seen from your
previous releases, which we have reviewed. (Music Scene: Tiny
Tornado - Echoes and Rhymes, Mourning
Ell - Methods).
Jade, Thanks for
introducing us to Sheona.
Sheona, it's a
pleasure to meet you. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, how did you come
to live and play in Stockholm?
I'm a "love
refugee;" I used to live in London, traveled to Sweden, and met a Swedish guy
on what was to be my last night in Stockholm, and I stayed.
Jade, you come from
a Pop/Rock background, and Sheona, you come from a Jazz/Blues background. How
did the two of you meet and decide to play together?
We met through a
mutual friend, another Aussie, as there's a large Australian community here.
We first played together at a festival in September 2016 after having very little
time to rehearse, about 2 hours, and we liked how we sounded together. Since
then, we have been performing gigs around Stockholm together, and we do
backing vocals, and Sheona plays sax for Nad
Sylvan, who is
currently touring with Steve Hackett's
band (the guitarist of Genesis).
We absolutely love
the new singles; Hotel of Hearts, which you co-wrote the lyrics with the Irish poet John B. McQuaid, is
gorgeous with its opening instrumental and the way your voices blend so
perfectly, and we also love Hushabye
Mountain, both of which are the perfect introduction to Ell & Hart.
to their Hotel of Hearts: https://open.spotify.com/album/7HM8FNMssapjfwxVo0jfvB
What can you tell
us about the focus of your music?
The theme is our
voices together for a timeless, modern touch with blended harmonies. We see
our voices celebrated, not as backing vocals but as a blended voice, and a
melding of piano and sax. We want to do things together to create a new
sound, and a meaningful solid live act. We want what you hear on the single to
be absolutely what you hear live, a mixture of sax, piano, voices, and
Jade, how is it to
perform with a sax player?
My first mentor told
me that my voice was like an alto sax, so I love it.
Sheona, what's it
like to play with Jade?
Jade, you have
great story telling lyrics and we always love hearing your stories, letting
the the next episode, the next chapter enfold. Are you working on a new album
I'm always writing
constantly, and we are collecting songs, but for now we just wanted to
release the two singles.
congratulations on your new singles. We look forward to hearing more from Ell
& Hart. Thanks for taking time to speak with Luxury Experience. Keep
enjoying the music!
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