“I pay my respects to Elders past, present and emerging of the Bundjalung Nation where I now live. I pay my respects to all Elders past, present and emerging from all Nations of this sacred land. I acknowledge First Nations people as the true custodians of this land, its water ways and sky. I promise to always respect and care for this sacred country and its people.” – Elena B Williams
Elena B Williams is a singer-songwriter of Samoan heritage born on Whadjuk country, currently living in the Bundjalung Nation. She started her music career at a young age, at one of her dad’s poetry readings in The Oxford Street Café. Poets have long inspired singers and songwriters and Elena is no exception, with poetry finding it’s way into her improvised lyrics.
Inspired by artists like Nina Simone, Archie Roach, Patti Smith and Tracy Chapman, Elena began singing and playing guitar at the age of 15, with no intention of making it a career, it was just a fun thing to do. After three months of playing music Elena was hooked. She says; “when you find a place of freedom, how can you ever leave it, that’s music to me, complete freedom”.
Elena’s music is a unique blend of soul, folk, jazz, blues and alternative but really a sound all of her own. With a powerful voice that hits you in the heart and honest lyrics that tell stories of life as it is, of human emotion, her Samoan heritage and a desire to celebrate the beauty of nature, Elena’s songs will take you on a journey and connect you to yourself and the world around you.
Elena plays solo and in a duo with violin player Rachel Heaton, the two have played together for over ten years and the musical connection is wonderfully uplifting. Find Elena on instagram @elena.b.williams & Rachel Heaton @rachplaysviolin
Guitar Brands Elena currently plays are Gretsch, Ibanez and Maton.
One of the Music shops Elena supports is Valiant Music, Brunswick Heads NSW. Fantastic second hand guitars and provides all your usual product needs. www.valiantmusic.com.au
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