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Elaine's 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 current album THE HOUR BEFORE, co-produced by folk legend Si Kahn, was named to four "Favorite Albums of 2015" lists by folk DJs from around the U.S. It debuted at #3 on the international Folk DJ list the month of its release.

The album's success is resulting in high profile performances. Elaine played a tour all along the west coast in spring 2016, has been invited to opening spots at several venerable folk clubs, including The Hurdy Gurdy, and feature spots at renown listening stages, including radio and live show Folkstage, which is broadcast nationally (upcoming March 2017).

Elaine was also chosen to be a 2016 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist from among hundreds of applicants around the US and Canada.

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 was raised in suburban Philadelphia, PA, and Manhattan, KS. She lived in San Francisco before moving to New York City, where she is now based.

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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.

Want more?


- 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