Elley Duhe

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

well hi 🙂 I'm Elley Duhé and I'm an artist/songwriter from the Gulf Coast and I've been making songs for 11 years.

What was it like growing up in coastal Alabama?

Well i grew up in Alabama and Mississippi both areas 45 min apart but it's home... it was wonderful in the sense of the beauty... and that beauty of living on the coast goes from growing up side by side with the Gulf of Mexico and the rivers and creeks, the food, southern art and music which has had a impact on not just who I am as a person but who I am as a artist. But it was also tough growing up in a small town I was always a bit different from most kids... once i found music at 14 it was like therapy for that pain and judgement i always felt and even though more ridicule and bullying came with embracing music it was the only thing i had and i wasn't going to let anyone take that love away from me.

What is your musical background? Do you come from a musical family?

My love for music started with my father and my family who are a gang of music lovers. Days and nights of jams sessions with the whole family! Uncles and fathers -- one on the bass the other on drums two people playing guitar and the rest of us singing and dancing into the night. Now my father was always playing his classical guitar since as early as i can remember so once i could start joining in i did! I would dance and sing around the house but i never liked learning covers especially at 6 and 7 so I would make up my own words and melodies to what he was playing not thinking anything of it. Then when I was 14 he bought me a guitar for Christmas and I didn't get the incentive to actually start playing until I got grounded that summer. Within one week I learned 3 or 4 chords from my dad and wrote my first song 🙂 Now I don't know anything about music theory or half the time what I'm playing on guitar or piano everything is by ear, same as my father.

How did you get discovered?

I got discovered more from the music world when I was 17. I started out in coffee shops at 15 then started getting actual paying gigs (bars, private parties, restaurants) that same year which is how i made most of my money, and l then it turned into opening for larger national acts which was my favorite through those bigger shows and myspace music at the time I was able to make connections to Nashville then through the next couple years I really worked on my craft traveling and writing through Nashville, Austin, and L.A.

I worked with a group of people out of Austin for about 3 years it was not the best experience but I learned a lot from it even through that confusing time I was still evolving slowly musically and when that ended I hit rock bottom had to start over again back in Alabama and its the thing that propelled me once again to find my voice which is how the track Immortal came to be.

Then a year ago, i came out to LA and signed with Universal Music Publising.Through the rest of the year I worked as a songwriter and put out Immortal which caused a buzz throughout the industry and labels got interested and RCA was the one that I really connected with so I signed with them at the top of this year with them and now we're gearing up to release new music!

How did your deal with RCA Records come about?
Once immortal came out I think the thing that really drew in RCA was the fact that there wasn't anything out there like it from the production to the emotion in my voice and what my message was.

What does your music sound like? How do you describe it?

Well its a melting pot of styles and sound one minute you could hear a hiphop driven record the next more organic like country then it could go into rock blues Enya stylings but i feel like what brings and draws people in the most is the emotional delivery because they don't just hear me and the words but they feel me.

What inspires your songs?

I usually tend to write in the form of dark and light with shades of gray haha like the yin and the yang of life but I always try to put a positive twist on it to give people hope throughout these dark times we all face.

What artists have inspired you? Who are your influences? OR Who are your musical idols?

I grew up listening to almost every main genre so I was exposed to all of the best music through each decade and style. a few on the list are U2, Michael Jackson, The Police, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Jewel, Alanis Morissette, Kurt Cobain, Counting Crows, Jimi Hendrix, all of Motown, Dolly Parton, Enya, and then Mystikal, Biggie, Tupac, Missy Elliot/Timbaland and Pharrell.

Tell us about your latest single "Immortal."

I was at rockbottom when I wrote Immortal. I drove 6 hours to Atlanta to meet J. Hill (one of the producers of Immortal who is also my manager now) and I had so much to get off my chest that the same night I came into ATL which was the same night we laid down the first scratch of the song.

What kind of headspace were you in when you wrote it?

Determined is the right word. I was going to press on through music like a survivor I had nothing to lose.

Tell us about your new songs "Fly" and "Can You Touch."

Both are songs about struggle in different forms but are also fun to sing along with and have that positive uplift to them as well

How does your songwriting process work?

Well I like to say every time I go into the studio its like a new puzzle to put together I'm never quite sure what I'm going to end up with and then when I finally finish a song I'm like how did I get here haha but my process rarely is mapped out.

Are you working on a full-length album? What can you tell us about it?

We're gearing up to put more music out and then have a album out by the top of the year but really just focusing on creating the best art I can one day at a time.

Who are some of your collaborators?

J. Hill/ACMG and all of the amazing talent affiliated with us then theres Illangelo (the weekends producer), Jesse Shatkin, Justin Parker, Arcade, and many more.

What are your goals for your career?

I really hope to impact in the world in a positive way, I want to be a safe haven for others with their emotions and feelings I believe music is meant to heal people and I hope that my music can heal those who are broken.

How would you describe your genre? Your style of music where would you place it?

Honestly thats tough for me. I say that because I'm always experimenting with my song writing and even with how I sing. I don't believe that there are any limits when it comes to music and I refuse to be tied down to a certain genre.

You were bullied a lot in through out school, what were some of the things that effected you the most and how did you cope with them?

My weight was a big issue and struggle for me. I was an over weight child and in todays society it's so easy to hurt someone because of that. It wasn't just at school even in the entertainment industry. I was told I was over weight and it hurt me a lot.

Would you say music healed you?

Absolutely music has healed me and continues too.I'm diagnosed with ADD and this was a struggle growing up at home and in school. I was picked on a lot through out middle school and through high school. I was one of those kids that was very gullible and a lot of people would take advantage of that. Eventually this turned into depression I cried A LOT! It got to the point I was eating lunch in the bathroom from all the bullying.

Do you plan on talking more about your experiences growing up through your music? is it in anyway apart of the path your on?

100% I want to be a voice for those kids who ate lunch in the bathroom
because they were different or don't look like everyone else. I want them to know its okay and they are not a bad person because for so long I thought I was. Theres no need to feel guilt because you might not know how to make it better.

I want them to know they are not alone and there's more people all over the world who have the same feelings and I was one of them but I also would like to help and I plan on doing this through my music.

How were you able to cope with growing up with ADD and being bulled so much?

My music. Having ADD means my song writing process is unorthodox. It means the way I record isn't your average and I firmly believe thats why I've become successful with my career thus far, because of how creative I am, even though I do have ADD I was able to channel it and turn it into something positive to benefit me.

What are you looking forward to about putting more music out there?

I'm excited for people to hear different sides of me and Im hoping this new music really connects with everyone and I know you can't please everybody but the more that connect with it the better. I can't wait to perform as well, I love getting that experience with music lovers.

What can people expect from your live show?

I hope to bring out visuals that enhance the music as I'm performing into an experience that everyone leaves going wow that was moving.


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