Ellen played the lead role in “City of Dreamers”. It is the tale of an aspiring musician who moves to Brighton, keen to forget the world she’s left behind. She immerses herself in the vibrant culture of her new city. Inspired by her new surroundings, she pursues her dreams of love, friendship and music, never knowing where they could lead. The film won a few awards including Best Actress gongs for Ellen at the Milano International Film Festival and at the Los Angeles Women’s Independent Festival.
Songwriter Seán Silke uses www.bandmix.com to search for new vocalists and came across Ellen’s details in 2015. It took a while for them to actually meet up (Ellen was on her honeymoon in the Greek Islands at the time) but subsequent progress was rapid, and they developed a routine of making a couple of demo’s every fortnight. Captivated by her great voice – and impressed by her impeccable preparation for each session – Seán eventually floated the idea of recording an album.
Romantic ballads in the huge Spanish-speaking market are characterised by strong melodies and expressive lyrics which connect deeply with the listener. The singer’s relationship with the audience is very well defined – warmly emotional and adult. Song themes deal in a powerful way with affairs of the heart. Lyrics of this particular quality are unusual in the English-speaking world. Happily, songwriter Seán Silke has a massive catalogue of compositions (over 400) and his flair for touching lyrics and strong melodies seems tailor-made for a project with Mediterranean cultural influences. And so the “Unexamined Emotions” album was put together and recorded.
Ellen has a ready-made stage persona – innocent yet with a great maturity in putting across songs with a deep lyrical meaning. She has the stage appeal to create and sustain an emotional warmth to which fans become attached. The album’s themes convey an overall artistic vision about the psychology of love and relationships. And Ellen’s compelling vocals provide a consistent narrative which makes listening to “Unexamined Emotions” an intense experience.