We had the good fortune of connecting with Ellie Fern and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ellie, why did you pursue a creative career?
Music has always been special to me. Some of my greatest childhood memories include performing in the school choir, attending live concerts, or just listening to the music my parents always had playing in the house. My pursuit of music began quite early when I asked for piano lessons at the age of eight, from there my passion blossomed. I picked up guitar, taught myself ukulele, and began writing music. My dream of pursuing a music career started to become a reality almost three years ago when I began playing professionally at local gigs and released an album. When it came time to decide on what to study in college, the decision was very easy for me as I could not see myself doing anything other than pursuing a career in music. The adventure continues as I am currently working towards a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a concentration in Popular Music at Arizona State University.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My professional career as a singer-songwriter began in 2018 when I walked into Phil’s Filling Station Grill in Fountain Hills and asked to be hired to perform. I am so thankful that Phil gave me, a 16 year old aspiring musician, a chance. I was so nervous and scared of rejection, but that quickly faded with every week that I performed. Since then, other venues started reaching out to me! I have played at a variety of local charity events, restaurants, hotels, and festivals. By doing so, not only has my confidence grown but I have connected with many different musicians throughout the local music scene, and built a fan base both locally and online. I think what sets me apart from others are my life experiences. Despite my age, I have already traveled across the world, made true life-long friendships, and suffered great losses. All of these experiences have helped me with my songwriting skills as I am able to write relatable authentic lyrics. My debut album, Face to Face, contains nine original songs and is available on all streaming services. Be sure to check out the links below!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take her for a hike on Camelback Mountain, go to Old Town Scottsdale and check out the Scottsdale Museum for Contemporary Art, then probably grab some ice cream at the iconic Sugar Bowl. We would definitely have dinner at my favorite sushi bar, Hiro Sushi, and drive to the Fountain Hills lookout point afterwards to see the city lights and stargaze. I would also want to spend a day in Sedona visiting the vortices, hiking, and swimming at Slide Rock. On the way back from Sedona, we would have to stop at the Rock Springs Cafe for some delicious homemade pies. To finish off the trip, I would take my friend to First Friday in Phoenix to check out the local art and music scene. While I am a musician at heart, I am also a foodie and nature lover!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to give a heartfelt shoutout to my parents and teachers. My parents are literally my number one fans and have been the most supportive people throughout my musical journey. They attend every single performance no matter how far they must travel, insist on helping me set up and break down equipment, and have listened to me practice for hours and hours without any complaints. I also wouldn’t be the musician I am today without all of my dedicated music teachers. From elementary school through high school, I have been blessed with incredible educators who have inspired, challenged, and motivated me to continue learning and by doing so, helped me to grow into a well rounded musician.
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