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Photo credit: Ana De Lor



March 1, SINGLE - Boy from Your Town

March 29, SINGLE - Goliath

April 12, BONUS SINGLE -  Goodbye 

April 19, FULL EP - The Familiar
“ I suspect this is going to be the start of a very, very long musical love affair because MEG ELLA is clearly top-drawer.
[…] all I can say is I was discombobulated by just how beautiful that recording was.
[…] I utterly, utterly love that - very,very good.”


Adam Walton, BBC Introducing in Wales, BBC Radio Wales, regarding my track “Goliath”




Artist:

MEG ELLA


Composer & Arranger:

Meg Ella Brookes


Co Producers:

Meg Ella Brookes, Rick Leigh, Oli Morgan

Musicians:

Meg Ella Brookes (piano & vocals); Tim Gardner (violin); Flora Curzon (violin); Lara Bowles (viola); Fraser Bowles (cello); Rick Leigh (flugelhorn); Nic Jones (trombone); Twm Dylan (double bass); Donna Thompson (drums); Citizens of the World, the UKs leading Refugee Choir.

Recording Engineers:


Rick Leigh, Nick Powell, Oli Morgan


Mixing: Oli Morgan & Paul Pritchard


Mastering (Stereo & ATMOS): Oli Morgan, Abbey Road Studios


Recorded at St Lukes Church Holloway, Goldsmiths Studio & my bedroom.


Artwork: 
Mike Brookes


Partially supported by the


Develop Your Creative Practice Grant


Despite the hard drive with the EP being stolen from their car outside the Royal Albert Hall late in 2023, Welsh artist MEG ELLA is releasing her debut EP.

The Familiar is a gentle exploration of moments of liminality in the songwriter’s life.

Listening feels intimate, as if she is singing just for you secrets whispered in your ear. 

Partially supported by Arts Council England these songs grew from exciting collaborations, including mentoring sessions from one of her favourite artists, Orlando Weeks.

A post card track, short & sweet, a note written on the back of a napkin.

A moment in time captured, piano & vocals recorded live in one take, on the instrument in her childhood home.

MEG ELLA sings a heart felt plea to defer a goodbye she didn’t see coming. 

“I don’t want to say Goodbye. Imply best wishes, drip dry. The long, the short, that’s how it goes. What was the point then? No one knows.”

A heart-break song, just not her own.

A Boy From Your Town is an an olive branch for the boy “before”, a boy who lived just a few doors down from the man she met and fell in love with. 

“Did you feel it take away something that you thought I’d say? We never got that far […]

I fell in love with a boy from your town, let you down. And I’d do it again for the boy from your town.”

A little string sigh.



MEG ELLA’s cinematic piano writing accompanies lyrics musing the limbo between a significant moment and when you finally figure out what it meant.

An musing about sitting in that unfamiliar place without falling for false narratives.

“I want it known, I want it known I never fell for any hearsay.”

MEG ELLA’s skill as an orchestrator shines with a passionate string entry that shifts the mood and hints at what is to come in the next track.


A triumphant statement to end the EP. The most driving & heavily orchestrated track of the EP, with bass & drums playing a key role, and a gripping horn instrumental sat between two conversational verses.

Goliath is an expression of the exhilaration she felt when stepping out of the familiar to stretch into new potential - and how tempting it is to slip back into old grooves.

MEG ELLA’s nuanced arrangements carry you from a controlled opening to a euphoric and slightly frenetic rise, featuring strings, brass, rhythm section & Citizens of the World, the UK’s leading refugee choir - all underscoring the track’s determined mantra;

“I’m bigger now, don’t let me shrink back down.”


BIO: MEG ELLA




 photography; Ana de Llor
lighting: Paulo Madureira

Raised in a tiny Welsh seaside village, MEG ELLA’s artistic roots grew from travelling the globe in women’s theatre festivals with her parents.

Trained as a classical cellist and now a sought after multidisciplinary collaborator, she has worked with big influences including Patrick Watson, John Grant, Orlando Weeks, Jules Buckley, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Nitin Sawhney, Wolf Alice, Jools Holland & is even a choral “Abba-tar” in the iconic ABBA Voyage.

Embracing her orchestral roots & indie pop influences, this delicate EP captures her unique grace, ethereal vocals carry vulnerable writing & her talent as an orchestrator shines with soaring strings, brass and cinematic piano lines.

MEG ELLA takes the leap into a new chapter, celebrating her ambitious, autonomous voice as a female artist, with a debut - The Familiar.

She plays key roles in artistic communities as Artistic Director of Citizens of the World, the UK’s leading Refugee Choir seen with Elbow at the BAFTA Winning  BBC Platinum Party at the Palace & on Glastonbury Pyramid Stage; Project Manager & Arranger at London Contemporary Voices, providing vocals for 150+ artists, inc. 30+ Grammy winners & nominees & holds a in a supporting role for Trans Voices.


“A singer songwriter, composer and all round musical genius, who effortlessly picks up instruments and makes it look infuriatingly easy.
She is incredibly talented, in high-demand, a furiously booked up woman, and one of my favourite artists.”

Salma El Wardany, BBC Radio London


“[…] captivated immediately, by both her pure, effortless singing and warmth of her voice, and by her emotional but honest delivery”

Marc Almond & Othon Matargas



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