Posted On 24 Jul 2019
Elle Winter is a singer, songwriter and film actress. The Disney-discovered singer and actress landed a recording contract earlier this year with Sony’s RED MUSIC and has since released the first two singles—“Sick of You” and “Do You”—off her debut EP out this fall. Both singles have received unanimous praise from leading industry outlets like Billboard, MTV News, Nylon, Idolator, Just Jared, and more who have hailed Elle’s vocal and songwriting prowess.
Both singles are co-written with Elle and produced by The Orphanage—who have penned and produced massive hits for pop superstars like Demi Lovato, Alessia Cara, Lizzo, The Chainsmokers—and give the world the perfect introduction to pop music’s newest rising act.
Earlier this summer, Elle opened the KISS 108 Concert 2019 in Boston and at KTUphoria in Jones Beach, NY alongside many of pop music’s biggest stars including the Jonas Brothers, Ellie Goulding, Bebe Rexha, Why Don’t We, Ava Max, FLETCHER and more.
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Learn more about Elle Winter in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time today! Where does this interview find you?
Hi there! Thank you for having me! I am home now in NYC after spending some time in LA this week promoting my new EP.
Now that we are half-way through the year, how has 2019 been treating you? What are some goals that you have for yourself this year? How close are you to reaching them?
This year has been one of the most fulfilling years to date! I signed with Sony’s RED MUSIC record label and have recently released two singles, “Sick of You” and “Do You,” from my upcoming debut EP. I am so grateful for the blessings 2019 has brought my way thus far, being able to release some of my most authentic work and perform it has been incredible. My goal for the rest of the year is to continue to write and record new music, and go out on tour to share my upcoming EP.
Growing up, how important was music in your life? Can you recall the moment when you decided that you wanted to be a musician? Was it an easy or difficult choice to make?
I honestly can’t remember a time when music was not an important aspect of my life. My family says I started singing and talking at the same time and they love recalling memories of me jamming out to Avril Lavigne on road trips in my car seat and performing all her songs for them at family events. I grew up listening to strong female artists like Avril, Christina Aguilera, and Britney Spears. I saw these young ladies pursue their dreams and always felt that I could pursue my music dreams as well. For me, being a musician seemed like the only choice for me, and I am grateful for the support and love of my family in allowing me to follow my passion and pursue this music path.
Was there ever a time when you thought about doing something else? If you weren’t a musician today, what else could you see yourself doing? Would you be as fulfilled in life?
There was never a time I thought about pursuing a different career. For me, music is the most fulfilling career, given a song can affect so many lives and touch so many hearts. I truly feel that music can and does change the world!
What has been the biggest surprise so far about making music your career? What has been an unexpected or welcome challenge to it all?
I learned over the years that I have to live life and experience the good, the bad, and the ugly to make music that is meaningful. When I was young I thought that I had to devote all my time and energy to music at the expense of other life experiences. I have come to understand that the more I live my life and interact with people I have more to say and share with others through my music. So I think it was surprising for me to realize I could and actually need to balance my career and my personal life.
Let’s talk about your newest singles called “Sick of You” and “Do You.” What was the inspiration for these tracks? How would you say that they prepare people for your forthcoming debut EP out later this year?
“Sick of You” was inspired by a connection that I genuinely felt I had with someone I had just met for a short period of time, and “Do You” was written to empower people to be genuine to themselves and do what makes them happy, despite what anyone says about it. I think both these songs set the tone for my upcoming EP, through their genuine storytelling and messages.
What was it like making your EP? Did anything surprise you about the overall process?
Working on this EP was an amazing experience for me! I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to work with such extremely talented producers that inspired me and brought my vision to life. I felt that I was able to honestly and openly share my stories through the music making process. I felt a real connection in the room and collaborative effort.
What was it like signing to RED MUSIC earlier this year? Why do you think they fit you and your music today?
It felt like a very exciting milestone, given they understood my artistic vision and direction. It was important for me to find a team that appreciates who I am as an artist and were genuinely excited to work on my project.
Do you find that you enjoy singing and acting the same or do you like one over the other right now?
I like both for different reasons, but I find music most satisfying given that it encompasses many elements used in acting. But both crafts, are essentially about connecting with others which is why I feel they go hand in hand
Where can people see you perform next? Do you plan to tour at all this summer or later this year? What has been a favorite performance of yours so far? What was it like opening the KISS Concert earlier this year?
I will hopefully be on tour in the fall and will keep you posted of my schedule as soon as I can! The KISS Concert in Boston this summer was an incredible experience. I performed some of my new music for the first time at a great venue. I also had the best time meeting and sharing the stage with the Jonas Brothers, my inner 12 year old was fangirling very hard!
How do you think you have grown as a musician since you first started making music?
I think as I’ve gotten older I do not shy away from writing about difficult topics in my music and portraying all the different facets of myself. I always strive to be a positive influence, but I realized in order to do so I have to be as open and honest as possible through my music, rather than only portray what is picture perfect.
What has it been like keeping up with your social media accounts and all of the different platforms? Is it hard to stay up to date on it all? What would you say is your favorite way to connect with your fans now? What has social media done for your career so far?
I think social media is a great way for me to connect with my fans. I definitely spend way too much of my day on Instagram (oops!) but I also connect with supporters on Facebook and Twitter. There are some fans of mine who I have never met but have been supporting me for several years now and without social media we would not be connected, so I think it’s wonderful in that regard.
Who are some of your favorite artists or rather, what musicians have continued to inspire you and your music? Who would you absolutely love to work with in the future?
Stevie Wonder, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Ariana Grande, to name a few. I would love to work with those artists, given each are not only talented musicians, but all around stunning entertainers.
If you had an unlimited budget and your schedule was free, what would your dream music video look like?
Wow, that is an interesting question! For one of my singles, “Yeah No,” I definitely want to incorporate a performance shot, given the song is about letting an ex know you are thriving without them. In a dream world, that performance shot would be filmed in a huge stadium, like my all-time dream venue in my hometown, Madison Square Garden!
What has been the coolest place/TV show/commercial that you have heard a song of yours? Where would you love to hear a future song of yours played?
It is always surreal to hear my songs on the radio. But it was pretty funny when a couple weeks ago my sister and I were in the gym and my song randomly was on a playlist she was running to! I would love to have a song of mine featured in the soundtrack to a romantic comedy one day!
At the end of the day, what do you hope people take away from your music?
I hope people feel a sense of community and solidarity when listening to my music.
Would you like to share anything else with our readers about your music?
I am super excited to share my music with all of you and I hope I can connect with some of you through this new music and inspire you to be positive and true to yourselves!