Ella Starr’s poetic lyrics, irrepressible vocals, and evocative musicianship are a faint reflection of the remarkable gifts that characterize the Columbus-based, Touched Sound Records' vocalist and composer.
The singer is widely recognized as one of the best new performers to morph from the Ohio music scene onto the ever-changing national entertainment spectrum in a while, and her emotive interpretation of her debut single, "Ain’t No Woman," is gaining widespread acclaim. The tune is inching forward on the Urban and Adult Urban Contemporary charts of Media-base, a popular radio monitoring service, and expectations are very high for this song.
The message in "Ain’t No Woman," according to a long-time music journalist, "is that a good woman is hard to find, and that she will settle for nothing less than the very best." Ella, remarking on the song, said: "I really enjoy doing this song because it speaks for many people in relationships." This track is emotive and contagious and is tailor-made for a plethora of social events, including record pools and driving excursions. Ella is poised for a clean sweep of the airwaves with the release of this exciting sophomore single.
An Ohioan by birth, Ella began composing and singing when she was only eight, quickly becoming a fine pianist. Her education includes a degree from Otterbein College, and she has been a fixture on the Columbus music scene, performing at popular area clubs and developing a solid local following. In 2013, she came to the attention of executives at Touched Sound Records, a subsidiary of Columbus Music Company (CMC).
Subsequent meetings with the independent label heads, including CEO Mwawaza Sanyika and consultant Toi Coleman, led to an exclusive recording contract. In collaboration with and under the production eye of Brandon B. Jazz Scott, "Ain’t No Woman" was released. Grammy-winning producer/arranger Michael J. Powell, who has worked with who’s-who in the industry, including Anita Baker and Aretha Franklin, was recruited to add finishing touches to the tracks.
In 2013, Ella appeared with Rashad Thomas at the Summer Jam in Columbus, the Detroit Black music Awards and with K Jon, with whom she has composed songs. In 2014, The Ella Starr band performed at the famous Horseshoe Casino in Cleveland, Ohio, the popular Lincoln Theatre in Columbus, and in the television documentary "614 Days of Summer," a film about the hip-hop community in a mid-western city. She has a number of appearances scheduled and she is looking forward to several national television appearances. Her music can be purchased at iTunes and at other online digital outlets, and she can be followed at Twitter and Facebook. TC Thompkins Marketing is providing national radio support. Ella Starr is destined to become a force in today’s music, and as she puts it: "I love what I’m doing, and I’m glad to be a part of this music business."
written by Phil Brown