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The best kept secret in music


"MTV Licensed her bebut album"

Elysia's Music to be heard on MTV Real World and Road Rules Shows

Elysia's record, "What's the Meaning", has been licensed to MTV for their Real World and Road Rules shows. Some of her songs should be airing on the new Real World season of 2004.
- Elysiamusic.com

"One name, one sweet voice"

One name, one sweet voice
By: John Osborne - The Chronicle-Telegram

AVON LAKE — In the interest of fairness, maybe someone should tell Britney to put the wedding plans on hold.
It’s also probably a good idea that Christina drops the hair dye and Avril eases up on the angst for a moment to listen up.
There’s a new kid in town — a 17-year-old from Avon Lake — and her name is Elysia.
As a finalist in VH-1’s national “School of Rock” competition, Elysia Hang-fu is well on her way to joining the rarefied air of musicians with first-name recognition. She’s also agreed to allow MTV to use her music as the background for the cable network’s next season of “The Real World,” and has an upcoming appearance at the International Children’s Games in Cleveland this weekend.
Along with her boyfriend and songwriting partner, 18-year-old Jim Weaver of Avon Lake, Elysia has managed to parlay a childhood love of music into a promising career. Both are 2004 graduates of Avon Lake High School.

“I started singing in the choir when I was in kindergarten,” Elysia said. “I was also in the chorale in high school, but I didn’t start getting really serious about my music until about three years ago.”

A year after deciding to concentrate on her music — at her 16th birthday party, to be exact — Elysia and Jim also started to concentrate on each other. Elysia said Weaver, who plays guitar and records their music at his home — is the inspiration behind many of her songs.
“I write my songs from personal feelings,” said Elysia, who answers “pop rock” when asked to define her music’s genre. “Sometimes I don’t even know what I’m writing about until I’ve jotted down four lines or so, but it’s usually about meeting someone who changes my life.”
For his part, Weaver finds his romantic and musical pairing with Elysia downright convenient at times.
“Since her birthday is also our anniversary, that means I only have to buy her one present,” he said with a smile.
Drummer Andrew Kilmartin and bassist Andrew Arbogast, who Elysia and Weaver cite as “dedicated musicians who really bring our band together,” round out the group.
The band’s name?
Elysia, of course.
If you don’t recognize the name yet, chances are you soon will.
Elysia’s music is available at www.cdbaby.com, www.theorchard.com, and Border’s book store in Westlake. Those interested in joining her fan club’s mailing list can e-mail beehivemusic@aol.com.
Contact John Osborne at 329-7153 or josborne@chronicletelegram.com

© The Chronicle-Telegram
- The Chronicle-Telegram

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"What's The Meaning" - Licensed to MTV's "The Real World"
1. Deeper
2. Game of Love
3. What's The Meaning
4. Don't Like It

"Feels Like"
1 Always the Same . [mp3] .
2 Feels Like . [mp3] . - airplay in 25 markets
3 An Angel . [mp3] .
4 Misplaced . [mp3] .
5 Leaving . [mp3] .
6 Without You . [mp3] .
7 Take Me . [mp3] .
8 They . [mp3] .
9 Why Am I . [mp3] .
10 Letting You Go


Feeling a bit camera shy



This 18 year old singer/songwriter Elysia has been singing since the age of five. Originally born in Toronto, Canada, Elysia moved to Ohio, where she has lived for about 13 years. She is also an Avon Lake High School graduate of 2004, and what she wants more than ever is to turn music into a career for herself.

Before it all began, Elysia had other performing experience taking part in “The Nutcracker” and “Oliver”, (and even though she's 5'5'') modeling (through Stone Agency and Talent Group). Elysia always participated in choirs, singing in her church choir as a child to school choirs such as Da Cantari and Chorale (top high school choir), and also sang with the “Singing Angels of Cleveland” for two years from 1999-2000.

From her experience in the International Model Talent Agency in Los Angeles of January 2002, Elysia decided to pursue a career in singing. She began singing other artists’ songs and showcased at the Mid-Western Music and Film Conference in Lexington, KY (August 2002). Later, Elysia became the lead vocalist for the “Poppys” for 3 months (formerly known as the “Greenhouse 27”). The songwriter for the “Greenhouse 27”, Jack Dean was signed to a publishing deal with Warner Chappell.

Elysia soon realized that her true passion for music was within her own songwriting, and therefore, Elysia started writing her own songs in July 2002, boosting her off to a solo career . Soon enough, she worked with a local gold and platinum selling producer, Mike Seifert, completing her four-song CD demo,"What's the Meaning". During the recording of her demo, Elysia (lyricist/melody) met the very talented Jimmy Weaver (guitarist/music). Realizing each others' talents, the two began writing songs together. In August 2003 they completed their 1st 10-song CD named "Feels Like" with Grammy nominee producer Simon Illa (signed with Warner Chappell), Simon Illa Music, Inc. from Philadelphia on December 2003.

In the beginning of the summer of 2004, Elysia started a band including band members: Jimmy Weaver (acoustic), Andrew Kilmartin (drums), and Andrew Arbogast (bass). After one week of rehersal, the band played their first show on 96.7 fm live in Jackson, Ohio. (96.7 fm covers parts of Southern Ohio, Virginia, and Kentucky)

Elysia and the band continued to play shows at many local venues including: Agora, Around the Corner, Akron Lock 3, Jillians, Tower City Mall, The Symposium, The Pirates Cove, Great Northern Mall, Midway Mall, South Park Mall, Galleria Mall, and Florida showcase.

Elysia's old demo, "What's the Meaning", has been licensed to MTV for their Real World and Road Rules shows. Some of her songs should be airing on the new Real World season of 2004.

Her father/manager also sent the song, "Feels Like" (written by Elysia and Jimmy) in VH1's School of Rock competition. A while later, Elysia received a letter saying that they are the top ten nationally. The grand prize winner will receive a music video made by Paramount Pictures. No information has yet been received on who the grand prize winner will be.

Her father/manager decided to do a national promotion of one song, "Feels Like". Last heard, "Feels Like" is playing in about 25 states.

Channel 3 will be doing a two 4 minute news documentary on Elysia and Jimmy showing the good times and the hard times of trying to make it in the music world.

From August 13-17 and November 19-21, each band member flew to L.A. to record a 4-song demo with Dito Godwin (producer of No Doubt, Motley Crue, The Great White, and Kiss). This four-song demo represents my ultimate musical direction, which will eventually be shopped around to the major labels. Elysia is also supposed to return to California every weekend for 4 weeks to prepare herself for showcasing in front of the major labels.