The talented 19-year old singer/songwriter Elysia has been singing since the age of five. Originally born in Toronto, Canada, Elysia then moved to Ohio, where she has lived for the past 14 years. Elysia is a senior at the Virginia Marty Fashion School Cleveland Ohio, and she is poised to become a hugely successful career artist.
BEFORE IT ALL BEGAN
Before it all began, Elysia had other performing experience taking part in theatrical productions such as “The Nutcracker” and “Oliver,” and even though she's 5'5'', modeling (through Stone Agency and Talent Group.) Elysia always participated in choirs, first singing in her church choir as a child, later performing in school choirs such as Da Cantari and Chorale (a top high school choir.) Elysia also sang with the “Singing Angels of Cleveland” for two years from 1999-2000.
GETTING INTERESTED & GETTING STARTED
From her experience participating in the International Model Talent Agency competition in Los Angeles of January 2002, Elysia decided to pursue a career in singing. She began singing other artist’s songs and showcased at the Mid-Western Music and Film Conference in Lexington, KY in August 2002. Later, Elysia became the lead vocalist for the “Poppys” for three months (formerly known as “Greenhouse 27”.) (The songwriter for “Greenhouse 27,” Jack Dean, was signed to a publishing deal with Warner Chappell.)
Elysia soon realized that her true passion was for music and songwriting, and therefore, Elysia started writing her own songs in July 2002, boosting her off to a solo career. Soon enough, she worked with a local gold and platinum-selling producer, Mike Seifert, completing her four-song CD demo, "What's the Meaning." During the recording of her demo, Elysia (lyrics/melody) met the very talented Jimmy Weaver (guitar/music.) Realizing each other’s talents, the two began writing songs together. In August 2003, they completed their first 10-song CD entitled "Feels Like" with Grammy nominated producer Simon Illa (signed with Warner Chappell.) In December 2003, Elysia then produced six more new songs with Jimmy.
In the beginning of the summer of 2004, Elysia started a band including band members: Jimmy Weaver (acoustic guitar,) Andrew Kilmartin (drums,) and Andrew Arbogast (bass.) After one week of rehearsal, the band played their first show on 96.7FM live in Jackson, Ohio. (96.7FM also covers parts of southern Ohio, Virginia, and Kentucky.)
Elysia and the band continued to play shows at many local venues and malls through the year, playing over 35 dates in 2004. Venues including: Agora, Around the Corner, Akron Lock 3, Jillians, Tower City Mall, The Symposium, The Pirate’s Cove, Great Northern Mall, Midway Mall, South Park Mall, Galleria Mall, International Children’s Game, as well as a Florida showcase.
Elysia's first EP, "What's the Meaning," has been licensed to MTV for their “Real World” and “Laguna Beach” shows. One of her song “Game of Love” was aired on the “Laguna Beach,” the August 2005 episode. In August 2005, “Everything” was picked up and played in the ABC Family TV show “Wild Fire.”
With the help and support from her father, the song “Feels Like” was promoted to radio. Last heard, "Feels Like" was playing in about 25 states. On November 16-17th 2004, local TV Channel 3 aired two 4-minute news documentaries on Elysia, showing the good times and struggles of a young artist making it in the music world.
The song, "Feels Like" was also sent in to VH1's “School of Rock” competition 2005, which was sponsored by the Paramount Pictures. A while later, Elysia received a letter announcing the song is in the top 10 nationally. On January 18, 2005 Elysia received a call from the John Lennon’s International Song Competition, declaring that “Everything” has been selected as the finalist winner in the “Pop” genre for 2005. This is a great honor to be one of the top four pop singers and songwriters in the world.
Today, Elysia continues in her pursuit of a musical career as a singer/songwriter and she is still recording new songs in the studio.