Artistic Venture: Ella Grace

  • Ella Denton

A personal passion project. Ella Grace spent her early years privately writing and playing music in her childhood bedroom in London. Straddling rock n’ roll and folk music influences from Elliot Smith to Joan Jett to T-Rex, she started sharing videos of her music, and her journey as an artist, online. Within a few years, the singer songwriter had built a dedicated audience of over 150,000 listeners. Taking a leap of faith, she dropped out of university and sent her demos to an independent record label in Leeds. The result was a run of singles, culminating in ‘Wild Roads’, a whimsical folk anthem that became a runaway hit on streamers. To date, the song has received over 3 million streams and featured in TV syncs for Fidelity Bank and Photobox. In 2021, the independent singer-songwriter used the royalties from the single to record and self-release her 11 track debut album ‘Reverence’. The 11 track body of work explored themes of queerness and self-acceptance. It was streamed over 5.5 million times, and received coverage in Wonderland, NOTION, Clash, GayTimes, and Diva Mag. The album also came to the attention of BRIT award-winning producer Ethan Johns. Fresh from recording Laura Marling’s ‘Songs For Our Daughter’, the producer brought Ella to Rockfield Studios, where the pair recorded ‘Grace’, her most ambitious EP yet. Aptly recorded on the legendary Studer A820 tape machine that spun the likes of Simple Minds, Annie Lennox, Paul Weller, Kasabian and Queen.