Elle Stevenson

Elle Stevenson

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

"The Belfast-based songwriter has established real credentials for an assault on a wider audience. It's only a matter of time, hard work and luck; the talent is there" (S. Dunwoody)

"A rare & evocative songstress, usually found armed with only a piano and the scars of heartbreak" (J. Sadler)

Biography

Born and bred just a few streets from the legendary Van Morrison, Elle has been making her mark on the local Belfast scene since 2003 and now looks ready and able to do so further afield. Indeed, it has been an eventful year or two for the young pianist and singer; having received national media attention for receiving the one millionth review on the music investment website "slicethepie.com", she went on to win their showcase just a month later. The win secured her enough funding to record the long-awaited debut album, “Coming Around”, which went on general release in September 2009.

Elle’s evocative voice – strong, haunting, angst-ridden and defiant – is perfectly suited to her songs, each a beautifully crafted tale of the pain and joy of love, friendship, betrayal and loyalty in the modern world.

Even in person, Elle has a rare kind of honesty; one that would never permit her to shy away from wearing her heart on her sleeve or from broaching subjects in her songs that others might find uncomfortable, such as the battle through her twenties with anorexia and bulimia. Perhaps that is why her songs have, at times, been described as "lyrically raw"; yet, they are so carefully framed by her beautiful cascading piano lines, the uplifting harmony of the music and lyrics cannot help but draw you into her unique, complex and beautiful world.

While comparisons to other artists reveal little about Elle's unique direction, she does list an impressive range of influences of artists whom she admires, including the likes of: Suzanne Vega, Crowded House, Justin Currie (Del Amitri), Bryan Adams, the Fray, Alanis Morissette, the Beautiful South, Alanis Morissette, Patty Griffin, Sarah McLachlan, the Dixie Chicks, Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch, Coldplay, Nirvana, Tracy Chapman, Angie Stevens, Sheryl Crow, Ryan Adams, Bill Mallonee, Rascal Flatts and Radiohead.

To date, Elle has honed her stage craft by supporting many great artists, such as guitar legends Rodrigo y Gabriela and soul diva, Beverley Knight, but with an already growing fan-base and reputation, and since the launch of her debut album, life seems set to take her another step towards the inevitable stardom that beckons....

Lyrics

Time

Written By: Laura Elle Stevenson

I used to think I know where you go to,
Foolish belief that I know better than you.
Now I don’t know, I don’t know where you’ve gone to.
Foolish belief, but I’m no better than you.
And we have fallen far behind
And time it waits for no one.

And it is coming around again
It is coming around again
And I could wait here forever, standing still,
But time it will keep coming.
Coming round.

Fill my ears with words forgotten
I never know, what do you want to hear?
And fill my eyes with scenes forgotten.
Broken and torn, I still want to be here.
Cause I am fallen, I still fall
And this time it waits for no one.

And it is coming around again
It is coming around again
And I could wait here forever, standing still,
But time it will keep coming,
Coming round.

Cut and Run

Written By: Laura Elle Stevenson

Didn’t see it coming, didn’t hear the news,
But it’s the sort of offer you couldn’t refuse.
Should I light the future if I don’t come back and
Would it make it all seem just a little less black?

So I gotta ask you if it’s time we’re through?
Cause it seems the effort’s never coming from you.
And am I gonna take it, should I cut and run? Cause,
Nothing’s gonna make up for the damage that’s been done.

And now the ship is sailing, should I turn and run,
Even if I’m hounded by the devil ‘til the blessing comes?
And I turned my back on this wavering light
Saying, “God isn’t looking for a fight tonight”
And I will sit alone ‘til midnight,
Yeah, I will sit alone until today just fades away.

You never miss a moment to keep me in my place,
You feel the need to criticise me just to save face.
Do you feel so threatened by everything I do,
That you end up terrified I’ll outshine you?

Well, baby, that’s a promise, not an idle threat,
And the things I suffered you will live to regret.
And something you will realise, and it won’t take long,
Is it’s sure and certain you will miss me when I’m gone.

And now the ship is sailing, should I turn and run,
Even if I’m hounded by the devil ‘til the blessing comes?
And I turned my back on this wavering light
Saying, “God isn’t looking for a fight tonight”
And I will sit alone ‘til midnight,
Yeah, I will sit alone until today just fades away.

One Night Stand

Written By: Laura Elle Stevenson

You’re always coming around when it looks like I’m doing fine.
Are you just coming to mess with me for a seventh time?
It’s funny I’d just been thinking that I would like you to,
but where does that leave me baby when I’m not quite over you?

Well I could write you a book of the things we shouldn’t do
but if that’s the last time you hold me is that alright with you?
Easy to turn something beautiful into a cause for shame
but I guess I really wanted to so I’m the one to blame.

And when you sleep at night can you taste my skin,
do you feel my breath, do you curse this sin?
What do you call me? A one night stand. One night stand.

Well I’ve been hearing the rumours, I’ve been hearing the lies.
They don’t see you as you are, you’re a master of disguise.
They’ll dress me up like a whore and say I’ll never be free.
What does it say about you baby cause you’re just the same as me?

Now I’m just taking the time to make you see
the girl that you want isn’t me.
So what do you call me? A one night stand. One night stand.

Some people call me a whore, they say I’ll never be free, what does it say about you when baby you’re just like me?
Some people call me, some people call, why do they call me? Some people call me, stop acting like my judge and jury.
Some people call me, people who will never know me. Some people call me, people who will never see,
that what it says about you baby is you’re just the same as me.

If The Butterfly Fell

Written By: Laura Elle Stevenson

I wish I was a foot taller,
I wish I could be brave,
I wish the skies weren’t the limit,
I wish you got what you gave.

I wish the past would just stay that
Without its need for review.
I wish I could feel contentment,
I wish I was more like you.

But if I read your looks, if I walk your line,
If I heed your words, just for some peace of mind,
Would you love me?

What if things had been different?
What if the butterfly fell?
Would it have made my life better,
While someone else’s was hell?

But if I’d had those looks, If I’d had that mind,
Would I feel the same if I had been born blind?
And would you love me?
And if I’d had those looks, if I’d had that mind,
Would we all feel the same if we had been born blind?
And would you love me?

I wish I was a foot taller, I wish I could be brave,
I wish the skies weren’t the limit, I wish you got what you gave.
I wish you got what you gave.

Coming Home

Written By: Laura Elle Stevenson

Heavy on the road, it’s dim and narrow and it’s oh so long,
but I’m coming home.
And I could struggle on, never asking for the help I need,
but I’m coming home.

And I could wish it away,
but I’ll be holding out for something
that's easier someday.
And did you think I would choose
to live this brutal half-life?
Well, I wish you could feel what I feel
but you haven’t got a clue.

Cause you’ve never been me,
so don’t you take me by the hand and
don’t say you understand where I’m coming from.
You’ve never been me
and while it won’t make sense to you,
this has been comforting me through some bitter days.
You’ve never been me, you’ve never been me.
You never see like I see.

And I just hate the way
it’s taking over everything I am and I’m wasting time.
The devil in disguise or if it is some punishment for a crime,
then I’m sorry Lord.
But would you take it away?
Would you make it just a little easier someday?
Cause no one gets my pain,
and they’ve no need for self-reflection
cause it’s easier when there’s something else to blame.

Like when you’ve never been me,
don’t you take me by the hand and don’t say you understand
where I’m coming from.
You’ve never been me and while it won’t make sense to you,
this has been comforting me through some bitter days.

You've never been me,
so don’t you take me by the hand and
don’t say you understand where I’m coming from.
You’ve never been me and while it won’t make sense to you,
this has been comforting me through some bitter days.
You’ve never been me, you’ve never been me.
You never see like I see.

Heavy on the road, it’s dim and narrow and it’s oh so long,
but I’m coming home.

Discography

Coming Around (2009)
Down [Demo EP] (2005)

Set List

Variable length: can be shortened or lengthened as required to meet individual needs.

Sets include a mixture of Elle's album material and covers by artists she admires.

Coming Around (2009) Original Material (all songs by Laura Elle Stevenson):

1. Time
2. Where You Lie
3. Almost Forgiven
4. Cut and Run
5. Short Space of Time
6. She
7. Down
8. Shallow
9. One Night Stand
10. Just Beyond My Reach
11. Left Behind
12. If The Butterfly Fell
13. Coming Home