Elaine Romanelli

Elaine Romanelli

 New York City, New York, USA

Catchy tunes for searching souls.


Elaine's clear voice and vibrant spirit meld in earthy, tuneful songs.

She tours nationally, playing listening rooms, house concerts, colleges, and festivals, and more, and her music spins on the radio, including WFMT in Chicago, IL, 2Air FM in Australia, and WFDU-FM in New Jersey.

Her newest album, THE HOUR BEFORE, co-produced by SI KAHN, was named to FOUR 'Top Albums of The Year' lists by DJs around the country, including nationally syndicated DJ Rich Warren, who says: "Elaine Romanelli shines like a super nova... Of all the singer-songwriter recordings received this year, this one most unnerved me with its simultaneous simplicity and complexity."

The Hour Before debuted at #3 on the international Folk DJ List, and two songs also held down spots in the top 5 most played song list (#3, '25', #4, 'Shine'). Elaine was the only totally independent, unrepresented artist in the top 10, and The Hour Before was the only totally solo recording in the top 10. (DJs / REVIEWERS: for a copy, please contact elaine@elaineromanelli.com.)

Elaine also gives workshops and lectures as she travels, to general audiences on songwriting, college students on becoming artists, and fellow indie musicians on foundational steps to take to earn money. 

Elaine has been featured online and in print in many publications, including by Broadway World, Buzznet, SingOut!, The Huffington Post, and The New York Times. Her album is generating soaring praise in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, and beyond. At live shows she gets enthusiastic marks for humor and high energy.

"Elaine Romanelli is a genuine artist and musician, who puts on an A+ show" (the Great Record Chase). If you like Sara Bareilles, Joni Mitchell, or Dar Williams' music, you'll probably like Elaine.

In addition to her own recordings, Elaine has performed on chart-topping albums by other indie artists, including Marci Geller, Mara Levine, Melissa Mummert, and Grammy-nonimated SONiA/Disappear Fear. 

She performs live in many capacities, including in support artists of other genres, like New Age Grammy award winner Paul Avgerinos, who invited her to vocally improvise while Deepak Chopra read poetry at an event introducing his newest project, 'Home, Where Everyone is Welcome'.

Elaine has also appeared on TV on the internationally airing TLC hit 'What Not to Wear', and off-Broadway, as part of the critically acclaimed production Brundibar (Tony Kushner, Maurice Sendak). Her debut EP 'Better By Far' sold out twice on CD Baby, and the track FLY was included on two compilations.

Elaine was raised in suburban Philadelphia, PA, Manhattan, KS, and lived in San Francisco, CA, before re-locating to her current home, New York City.

Elaine is booking shows through fall 2019. For her calendar, visit elaineromanelli.com.

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Pollen Music Group Artist

2017 Honorable Mention for 'Real', 33rd Mid-Atlantic Song Contest

2016 Elaine selected as Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist
2016 Album named to *four* 'Best Albums of Year' lists by US DJs

2015 Album debuts at #3 on international Folk DJ List
2015 CT Folk Festival Grassy Hill songwriting contest finalist

2014 SERFA Offical Showcase Artist
2014 People's Music Network song-of-the-month finalist
2014 CT Folk Festival Grassy Hill songwriting contest finalist



Written By: Elaine Romanelli

25 feels like nothing to me
I wish you’d stop pointing out it’s a quarter century
Come and dance with abandon, be messy, and free
Here’s to life as a fresh 25

By 35 I’ll be working like crazy
Running some kind of company, and saving the planet
I’ll have moved from the city to a town that’s more lazy
I’ll have a backyard when I’m 35

By 45 I think I’ll have it made
or else I’ll be back in school in the 29th grade
I’ll have married my true love
we might raise up some babies
But I’ll still be sassy when I’m 45

But what if life doesn’t follow my big plans
What if unforeseen barriers daunt me
Will my internal compass keep guiding me back
Or will the paths I abandon still haunt me

Some day I’ll be retiring from… something
When I get that gold watch, I hope you’ll all still know me
We’ll shimmy and shake with our arthritic knees
like we did when I turned 25

‘Cause all I know is I love to dance
to be lost in the music and motion
And one thing that won’t change
is I cherish my friends like they’re golden

25 feels like nothing to me
So let’s all stop pointing out it’s quarter century
Come and dance with abandon, be messy, and free
I don’t care how old you are: pretend to be me
Let’s be young and immortal, and joyful, and we
will remember the rest of our lives
how it felt when I turned 25… when you turned 25, when we turned 25

how it felt when I turned 25

Red Tail

Written By: Elaine Romanelli

This ledge is plenty big enough
We’ll be fine for a while
Until they grow
But the hunting is harder without him
How could he know

He soared through the open sky
Now he is gone
And we don’t know why

These canyon walls are deceptive
Dark and smooth underfoot
The surface sheer

And the echoes confound me
Any way you turn it’s hard to hear
I will adapt by and by
But I long for the open sky

Blue and vast
Scent of summers past
Undulating fields and sentry stones
Take me there
Updraft of warmer air
Home to rest my hollow bones

For now this city suffices
I can manage here alone
And we have almost made it
Through this toughest of times
On our own

As soon as the weather turns dry
We’ll ascend to the open sky
Grow up, my babies, and fly
Let me show you the wide open sky

Forty Back

Written By: Elaine Romanelli

You are overwhelmed, I know
I’m not picking up the slack
I’m awash in my own woe
One foot forward, forty back

I am struggling to speak
You’re not picking up the slack
You’re defeated more each week
One foot forward, forty back

How’d it come to this
What set us adrift
Thought these rings would keep us
Facing our true north

But we are headed nowhere fast
And we’re not picking up the slack
We’ll be miles apart before we notice
One foot forward, forty back

All the bills piled to the sky
No one’s picking up the slack
We’ll be desperate by and by
One foot forward, forty back


Written By: Elaine Romanelli

It was clear when he broke his hand that day
After walls I would be next
Except my Grandma’s vase, I won’t miss anything
Got the car, took the kids and left
Nobody knows, just my momma and the children
They seem more together than I feel
I didn’t see it coming since you ask, I never did
Hard for me to fathom that this is real

We first met in a diner on a Friday
He paid my bill and asked me on a date
He knew Airplane and the words to ‘9 to 5’
Everything about it seemed like fate
Finally someone who held open the doors
Washed the dishes after every meal
I didn’t see it coming when he asked, but I said yes
It felt like a fairy tale turned real
Turned real

When it starts, you’re so stunned
Never thought that he’d be one
First the doubt
Then the fear
I gotta get us out of here
Help me get out of here

My youngest asked: how much longer now
I’ve been wondering that, too
But we are safe
I’ll be damned if my kids witness
Any of what I saw Mom go through
Two hundred miles ‘til we cross another state line
Mom and I’ll take turns at the wheel
You never know what’s coming, but I think we’ll be okay
One step at a time is how we’ll deal
With what is real
This is real


Written By: Elaine Romanelli

Come with me, raise your eyes
Rest your heart and hand in mine
It is not too late
We are all longing to see you free your light
And shine

You are not alone in feeling broken
Not alone in doubt or debt
We’ve been just as overwhelmed as you are
Struggling with our own regret

Come with me…

Who you are, someone’s been wanting
Waiting just as much as you
What you have is what’s been missing
Try again
To let it through

Come with me…

It is not too late
We are all longing to see you
Free your light
And shine

She & He

Written By: Elaine Romanelli

He thinks she is beautiful no matter what she's wearing
Even if she's been in those same clothes since Tuesday
She thinks he is fun to be with even when he's arguing
Because he's had too much caffeine to see straight

They are so in love
You will roll your eyes

She will always talk to strangers
Charms the pants off anyone who meets her
Even if they don't speak English
He can sit alone for hours, playing with the dog
Or reading articles on why the moon looks yellow

How they fit so well
Is a mystery

But they have what I wish for you
Dry your tears; he's not the one who will

Love you in the morning when your eyes are crusted shut with sleep
And kiss your nose in wonder that he's found you
And you will love the freckles clumped in threes along his neck
And think he smells terrific even when he's sweating

He won't start a fight
Just to try to win

Stay your perfect broken self
He will meet you as you are

And the sparks will fly, or maybe not
It could be awkward
You may not be instantly agog like in the movies
But kindnesses will pile up
And soon enough he'll crave your laugh
And you'll adore the frown lines on his forehead

When we see you kiss
We will roll our eyes

You will make popcorn on Fridays
And stay in


Written By: Elaine Romanelli

In the car
I thought of what to say

I turned the wheel
But you were already on your way
I saw you walking
Through the one-way door

Before you turned
I tried to catch your eye
Don’t the years merit
One look over your shoulder goodbye

If I’d said different things to you
There might not have been
An afterward

I know after words are spoken
They cannot be unheard
But you did not warn me
It was kryptonite that I hurled

I only meant to say
We both have feet of clay
I love you anyway

I know you can’t come back
The place we made is gone
But I could come forward
And together we could move on

Before you know
New roots would grow
Who said what when
Wouldn’t matter then



2015: The Hour Before (debuted at #3 on the folk DJ list), solo album

2010: Real Deal, full studio album

2006: Better By Far, 6-song EP

Elaine also wrote and recorded background vocals on several albums, including:

Broken Film SONiA/Disappear Fear

Jewels and Harmony Mara Levine

Ready Melissa Mummert

To Each! The Summarily Dismissed)

Set List

Two hours of originals, and two hours of covers.

For more about Elaine's cover work, please see her GigSalad profile: https://www.gigsalad.com/elaine_romanelli_new_york_city