"If a person is lucky, one fantasy can transform a million realities." -- ellee ven
Frequently compared to the smooth sounds of Sade, Renaissance Girl, ellee ven's unique upbringing provides her with plenty of material for the songs she writes.
Spanish, Greek, German, Russian and Italian, ellee ven grew up in Los Angeles during a time of musical experimentation. Many artists were blurring the lines between various styles including pop rock, folk and flaminco.
Deeply influenced by these musical convergences, ellee ven created a sound for herself. The result is her debut release "The Eleventh Hour", where she's been described as having "the vocal prowess of Diana Ross and the musical direction of Prince". ellee ven calls it groovetonics: a hybrid of pop and rock with touches of flamenco.
As a child and teenager, she frequently performed in musical theater, and was sure about pursuing a career in music straight out of high school.
Her parents, on the other hand, insisted that she attend college prior to jumping into the music scene.
ellee ven earned a B.A. in Liberal Arts and a Master's Degree in Education and Psychology. After graduating, ellee ven began teaching elementary school.
After a few years of teaching, ellee ven decided:
"Things weren't working out for me personally or professionally, so I decided to take a leap of faith and pursue my dream".
ellee ven debuted in June 2000 as the headlining performer in a small showcase in Hollywood, Calif.
Though she loved the energy and excitement of singing and dancing live; ellee ven chose to focus on creating opportunities for herself via the powers of the World Wide Web.
Later in the year, ellee ven was invited to headline a show at an up and coming hot spot in the hills of Stevenson Ranch, Calif., about 30 minutes north of Hollywood.
It was a sold-out show and many of the attendees were fans who discovered ellee ven online. Since then, she's made several appearances in the Los Angeles area.
Her music was selected for the hit television show "Judging Amy." In July 2001, ellee ven was featured in a "Sex in the City" fashion show sponsored by HBO and Distinctive Assets. In addition, MTV's "Undressed" has chosen three of ellee ven's songs to feature in their series.
"The Eleventh Hour", is available online (CD Baby.com) and in selected retail outlets.
ellee ven's vision that fans across the globe hear her music and see her dance via the web continues to be a success.
For up-to-date information about ellee ven's performance schedule and CD release, stay tuned to elleeven.com.