An unpredictable new voice in roots music, Elle Winston takes her training in classical technique and introduces it to her love of folk, blues and jazz traditions. Born in the midwest, raised in the southwest, and currently spreading love in Brooklyn, NY, her story is anything but linear. With lyrics that cut through the noise and vocal colors ranging from the softest whisper to a guttural scream - listening to her songs and witnessing her live performances evoke a startling reminder of the urgency of American music.
Elle released her debut album The Buy Back in 2017, and has previously releases two EP's, Who Said It Was Simple? in 2011 and Uncertainty in 2013. She has supported a diverse range of artists, including Gil-Scott Heron, Carl Thomas, and Joan Jett. Her recent features include the Billboard Lounge at Barclays Center, the Apollo Music Cafe, City Winery NYC and on Apple Beats 1 Radio. She has been playing venues nationwide over the last three years including The Peppermint Club in Los Angeles; Valley Bar in Phoenix, AZ; Ace Hotel in Chicago, Mile of Music Festival in Wisconsin; and National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NY.
ON her work
"A WILLOWY, STARTLINGLY PRETTY, DECEPTIVELY POWERFUL VOICE." - Billboard
"I LOVE HER HARMONIES AND I LOVE HER VOICE. I ADVISE YOU TO GO LISTEN." - Elton John
"ELLE'S POWERFUL VOICE RINGS OUT WHILE THE BAND LAYS DOWN SOME SERIOUS GROOVES." - Afropunk
“...A LAID BACK GROOVE THAT LEAVES AMPLE ROOM FOR WINSTON'S POWERHOUSE VOCALS - NPR Music
"THE DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR!" - Curve Magazine