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Biography

Elaine Romanelli is an award-winning NYC-based singer/songwriter and composer. Her clear voice and vibrant spirit meld in earthy, tuneful songs.

She tours nationally, playing listening rooms, house concerts, libraries, colleges, and festivals, and her music spins on public and independent radio across the country and internationally.
Her third album The Hour Before, released in 2015, was named to four "Favorite Albums of the Year" lists by DJs from around the country, and continues to be spun both overseas and around the United States.

This year she appeared on nationally syndicated DJ Rich Warren's "Folkstage" (Chicago WFMT-FM), and was the improvisational vocalist for author Deepak Chopra's event "Home, Where Everyone Is Welcome", streamed to 2 million listeners. She also performed in multiple festivals, and was named a Semi-Formal showcase artist at folk regional music conference NERFA. Last summer she was chosen to be a 2016 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist from among hundreds of applicants around the US and Canada.

Elaine also has performed and recorded with other well-known indie artists, including writing and performing all background vocals on the album Broken Film for Grammy-nominated SONiA/Disappear Fear.

Elaine's album The Hour Before has been featured in dozens of print and online publications, including Arena, AXS, Broadway World, Buzznet, Ethnocloud, Pancakes & Whiskey, The Great Record Chase, The Huffington Post, and ZEALnyc. Elaine has also been the subject of several in-depth features, including this interview by music writer Carol Banks Weber for ticketing giant AXS.

Elaine also gives workshops and lectures as she travels, to general audiences, college students, and fellow indie musicians. For program descriptions and to ask about booking, contact Elaine.

Elaine writes choral liturgical music as well as singer/songwriter material. In 2017 she was named the Composer-in-Residence at the Church of St. Matthew and St. Timothy in New York City, which has premiered several of her choral liturgical works. Her gospel-style service music set was chosen to be sung at the 2016 Episcopal Diocese of New York's annual convention, likely the first time a living female composer's work has ever been featured at that event.

As a theatrical performer, Elaine has performed in dozens of shows. Most notably, she co-developed a one-person show for the San Francisco Opera, and understudied a Tony Kushner world premiere at The New Victory Theater.

Elaine was raised in suburban Philadelphia, PA, and Manhattan, KS, and lived in San Francisco, CA, before re-locating to her current home, New York City. She is an honors graduate of Stanford University.

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Fun Facts

Brush with Broadway: In 2006 Elaine was part of the Tony Kushner and Maurice Sendak’s collaboration, BRUNDIBAR, both at the New Victory Theater (NYC) and at Berkeley Repertory Theater (Berkeley, CA).

Unreality star: She also took a turn on reality TV, on What Not to Wear.

Other talents: In addition to singing and writing songs, Elaine has also produced, directed, acted, arranged, and taught.

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- Elaine Romanelli Stuns At Album Release show (live show review)
- Arena article (album review, online press)
- AXS interview (crowdfunding feature, online press)
- The Buzz interview (Urbana, IL newspaper)
- Album review by Lucid Culture (NYC music blog)
- Feature article in the Main Line Times (PA newspaper)
- Asphalt Eden blog interview

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