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Life & Work with Ellie Fern

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ellie Fern.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Music has been a significant part of my life ever since I can remember. I asked my parents to take piano lessons as a little girl. I was a choir kid all through middle school and high school and picked up guitar and ukulele somewhere along the way. When I was 16, I started songwriting and booked my first gig at a local restaurant in Fountain Hills. Today, I perform regularly at private events, restaurants, hotels, and festivals across Arizona. I am also studying Popular Music and specializing in Performing and Songwriting/Production at Arizona State University.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Sometimes I struggle with feelings of self-doubt, jealousy, and insecurity. It can be so easy to just give into the negativity because the music industry is extremely competitive, but that can take a significant toll on someone’s career. It is vital for all musicians to practice self-care as music is such a vulnerable, personal craft. Adding journaling, meditation, and affirmations into my daily life has ultimately improved my musicianship.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a singer-songwriter and performer. I accompany myself with guitar, ukulele, and piano with soft percussion and cover genres from the 1960s to today. I believe what sets me apart from others is the amount of hard work and dedication I put into my craft every day. I am constantly meeting people in the local music scene, booking gigs, practicing my instruments, collaborating with other musicians, and creating online content for social media. My dream is to go on tour someday so I am doing everything in my power to make that dream come true. So far, I am most proud of my debut album, Face to Face, which is available on all streaming services. Stay tuned because I am currently working on writing and releasing some new music!

Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
First and foremost, my parents deserve so much credit for my success. From the very beginning, they have been my number one supporters. They have attended every single performance since I was a little girl, encouraged me to pursue my dreams, and are always down to listen to any new song I’m writing. My amazing music teachers and professors also deserve credit and if you’re reading this, you know who you are! Thank you for always believing in me, pushing me to be better, and keeping me inspired. Lastly, I am so grateful for my friends, family, and fans who come out to see me perform no matter the distance. Seeing your faces in the audience always brings me so much joy.

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