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Breaking News:

  • Elaine chosen as 2017 NERFA Semi-Formal Showcase Artist
  • Elaine named Composer-in-Residence at NYC Church
  • The Hour Before named to FOUR “Favorite Albums of 2015” lists

    "Elaine Romanelli Stuns at Album Release Show" The Great Record Chase sent a reviewer to Elaine's 4/25 album release show. "Elaine Romanelli is a genuine artist and musician, who puts on an A+ show." Read the full glowing review

    - The Hour Before was chosen as CD of the Week by nationally syndicated tastemaker Chicago DJ Rich Warren of The Midnight Special Warren. CD of the Week is for albums Warren finds 'particularly outstanding'.

    Reviews for The Hour Before

    • "A beautiful recording from a gifted voice that more people need to hear." -WFDU-FM DJ Ron Olesko
    • "Romanelli's lyrical content makes her a standout from other talents." - Kay Aarons, Arena
    • "Some of the songs on that album are as good as songwriting gets." -legendary songwriter Si Kahn
    • "Vibrant and inviting" -Ethnocloud
    • "A brilliant release." - Buzznet
    • "Stunning new album" - Broadway World
    • "A star in the making." - AXS

    Other Press

    "Artsy pop tunesmith Elaine Romanelli transcends any label you might be tempted to peg her with. Her songs are vivid, aphoristic, often metaphorically charged… she's a tremendous singer."
          - Lucid Culture CD review. Full review here.

    "Elaine Romanelli's music is a cross between quirky confessional journal and indie movie soundtrack. Her voice is real, and her lyrics jump the fence between universally melodic and oddly re-defining, subconscious narratives. Her fans find themselves in the songs about the everyday connections that ripple out and tether them together.
          - AXS feature interview. Full article here.

    "Real Deal, Elaine Romanell's album, pulses with realistic optimism... long after the CD stops spinning the music continues to play in your head."
          - Main Line Tickets feature.

    "Elaine's music is anything but ordinary."
           - Full article here.



    There is a quiet elegance to Elaine Romanelli's music, a thoughtfulness and intelligence that complements and underscores the stark beauty of her lyrics and melodies. ... Her themes are often quirky, her points of view unexpected, even startling, but always intellectually involving and emotionally moving. It surely is no coincidence that one of the songs on Elaine's wonderful new album is titled "Shine". Shine she does, and beautifully so.
          -Legendary songwriter and activist Si Kahn

    Elaine's music: it is humbling to hear these songs. Her strong voice and cogent compositions are so very impressive... her graceful control is abundantly clear. There is real confidence here, something I rarely hear in similar music.
          - Chris Costantino, Founder,


    These publications have also featured articles on Elaine:
    Daily Candy - online magazine
    East Central Illinois News-Gazette newspaper - Urbana, IL
    Delaware County Daily Times newspaper - Primos, PA
    News of Delaware County newspaper - Holmes, PA
    San Francisco Weekly newspaper - San Francisco, CA
    York News-Times newspaper - York, NE