Tamila and Elina
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Tamila and Elina

Los Angeles, California, United States

Los Angeles, California, United States
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"Island Mele"

Single-monikered Elina introduces herself with an enchanting debut album. The emotions and experiences she describes transcend gender but will resonate most strongly with women going through the same romantic ups and downs. Men will first be entranced by her voice; it's simultaneously seductive and sweet, but she doesn't sound like she's faking it, a la Britney Spears. The songs cover familiar romantic territory in memorable style. The skyscrapers of New York become the embodiment of unlimited dreams in "Dream Like New York." A self-centered lover is permanently dismissed with devastating style in "I Don't Want To." Elina's husband, producer Tyrone Wells, joins her on "Lucky," a light-hearted but touching portrait of a successful relationship. Wells keeps the arrangements soft and soothing. Acoustic instruments suffice for the most part, a single cello adding darker tones under Elina's guitar. Remaking other artists' hits is always risky, but Elina's reworking of "With or Without You" fits in nicely amid her impressive collection of originals. - The Hawaii Star Bulletin


"Keahiwai continues to flourish with original tunes"

"ELINA" BY ELINA; ATTIC RECORDS


Genre: World music.


Distinguishing notes: Elina (her Hawaiian name) might be remembered as Erin Chang, the "Eazy Music" girl from Castle High School, who co-hosted a state Department of Education cable television series. She previously appeared in Ronald Bright musicals at Castle and her early training has paid off handsomely.

Her debut CD is an impressive and auspicious one, loaded with originals she wrote, some in collaboration with her husband, Tyrone Wells. There's soul and sincerity in her vocals — check out "Breathless," "Speak to My Heart," "Constantly" and "My Friend" — and Elina has matured with grace and precision. One track, "Dream Like New York," is in the soundtrack of an animated film, "Everyone's Hero," so she's en route to something big. Trivia: She is the sister of Kevin Chang of Kupa'aina, so music's very much a part of the family.


Our take: Elina is off and humming; could be a breakout artist if the stars are in her favor. - The Honolulu Advertiser


"The Family That Plays Together"

It will be a family musical affair at Anna Bannana’s next Saturday when the Chang family of Kaneohe, along with a husband/brother-in-law, take the stage for a night of pop rock

The living room of the Changs’ Ahuimanu Valley home is busting with music. Elina (Erin Chang) Wells is jamming with her brother Kevin Chang (of the local band Kupa’aina) and her husband Tyrone Wells, a Mainland pop-rock talent whose new album just debuted in the Top 10 on the iTunes rock album chart.

They are three very unique talents. Elina’s voice is pure and lingering; Tyrone’s got powerful rockin’ soul and Kevin ... well, “he’s got the voice of an angel,” Tyrone offers. Kevin looks somewhat doubtful. “How about I’ve got the voice of Fred Flintstone,” he suggests.
No question, the Chang family parties are all about the ‘awa bowl and the music outside in the garage. Lucky for everyone else, they’ll come together at Anna Bannana’s Dec. 27 for the second annual Chang family performance. With the ohana all together in Hawaii for the Christmas holidays, it just makes sense for them to do the show, they say.

“It’s something to do aside from the family concerts, which we’re kinda forced to do by our dad,” Elina says with a smile."He is our biggest fan.”

“Yeah, he’s one of those obsessive, kind of persistent fans ...” Kevin chips in.
Growing up, music was always part of the family circle - from grandpa, who loves to belt out the oldies, to Nelson and Carol playing everything from Broadway musicals to local artists - on the stereo. The kitchen pots and pans were often used as percussion instruments, and the grade-school years were full of home shows, often with Kevin directing a cast of puppets and his sisters, Erin and Kelly. And then there’s that home video of Erin (the professional name Elina came much later) sitting on the jungle gym singing her own composition ("I love meeee, I love meeeee ...").
“You were the loudest one in the house,” Kevin tells his sister. She doesn’t argue.

The music started moving to a different level when Kevin went to college. With time on his hands, he picked up an ukulele and started to learn.

“I really started playing when I was at the University of Hawaii playing football,” he says. “All of the linemen were in the same dorm and wouldn’t sort of go to class - well, I’d go to class andwhen I came back, we’d be sitting around playing the ukulele.”

When Kevin went to the University of Oregon law school in the late 1990s, he began singing, too, along with his friend David “Kawika” Swanson.

“Kawika would get mad at me because I wouldn’t sing for people - in public,"Kevin says."That year that he committed suicide, that’s when I started to sing more. ... I guess it was kind of for him.”

These days, Kevin is the main voice and composer for Island band Kupa’aina. He’s also working on a solo album and during the day he’s a field representative for The Trust for Public Land’s Hawaii chapter.
As for little sister Elina, she moved to the West Coast, graduated from USC, and met Tyrone at church, where he was a worship music minister. It was the music that brought them together.

“He said,’Hey, I hear you’re trying to write some songs, I’ll help you out, here’s my phone number,’ “ Elina says.

The line obviously worked: The couple married at Kualoa Ranch in 2005, serenaded by all the vocal talents on both sides of the family.

Tyrone appears to have gotten into the Chang way of things, joining everyone on a family trip to Ireland last year, when Nelson again “forced” the kids to pull out impromptu gigs at the places they stayed.


Elina’s voice is said to be pure and lingering
“You should have heard him singing Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone to the drunks in Durty Nelly’s pub in Bunratty,"Carol says.

Tyrone is a breakout talent whom many predict is on his way to making it big. He grew up a skinny preacher’s kid in Spokane, Wash., with four musically gifted sisters.

It wasn’t until he moved to California that his own music came out - in a pulsing blend of pop, soul and rock. His music has been heard on numerous TV shows including One Tree Hill and The Bedford Diaries.

His second major label album, Remain, will make its hard release Jan. 27.

Elina and Tyrone live in Chino, Calif., where they have a home studio and lots of guitars around the place and songwriter friends dropping by to write and play. In addition to her music, you can find Elina online at www.tvlesson.com, where she gives lessons in everything from cooking sweet Thai chili chicken to how to get ideas for songwriting. She first started presenting when she was a student at Castle High School - you might remember her as the Eazy Tunes and Eazy Grindz girl on the education cable shows.


Tyrone Wells’ new album debuted in the top 10 of the iTunes rock chart
Tyrone is often on the road, and Elina joins him when she can, along with their 2-year-old Maltese terrier, Pono. Pono has been everywhere from Bosto - Mid-Week Weekend Cover Story- Oahu, Hawaii


"The Family That Plays Together"

It will be a family musical affair at Anna Bannana’s next Saturday when the Chang family of Kaneohe, along with a husband/brother-in-law, take the stage for a night of pop rock

The living room of the Changs’ Ahuimanu Valley home is busting with music. Elina (Erin Chang) Wells is jamming with her brother Kevin Chang (of the local band Kupa’aina) and her husband Tyrone Wells, a Mainland pop-rock talent whose new album just debuted in the Top 10 on the iTunes rock album chart.

They are three very unique talents. Elina’s voice is pure and lingering; Tyrone’s got powerful rockin’ soul and Kevin ... well, “he’s got the voice of an angel,” Tyrone offers. Kevin looks somewhat doubtful. “How about I’ve got the voice of Fred Flintstone,” he suggests.
No question, the Chang family parties are all about the ‘awa bowl and the music outside in the garage. Lucky for everyone else, they’ll come together at Anna Bannana’s Dec. 27 for the second annual Chang family performance. With the ohana all together in Hawaii for the Christmas holidays, it just makes sense for them to do the show, they say.

“It’s something to do aside from the family concerts, which we’re kinda forced to do by our dad,” Elina says with a smile."He is our biggest fan.”

“Yeah, he’s one of those obsessive, kind of persistent fans ...” Kevin chips in.
Growing up, music was always part of the family circle - from grandpa, who loves to belt out the oldies, to Nelson and Carol playing everything from Broadway musicals to local artists - on the stereo. The kitchen pots and pans were often used as percussion instruments, and the grade-school years were full of home shows, often with Kevin directing a cast of puppets and his sisters, Erin and Kelly. And then there’s that home video of Erin (the professional name Elina came much later) sitting on the jungle gym singing her own composition ("I love meeee, I love meeeee ...").
“You were the loudest one in the house,” Kevin tells his sister. She doesn’t argue.

The music started moving to a different level when Kevin went to college. With time on his hands, he picked up an ukulele and started to learn.

“I really started playing when I was at the University of Hawaii playing football,” he says. “All of the linemen were in the same dorm and wouldn’t sort of go to class - well, I’d go to class andwhen I came back, we’d be sitting around playing the ukulele.”

When Kevin went to the University of Oregon law school in the late 1990s, he began singing, too, along with his friend David “Kawika” Swanson.

“Kawika would get mad at me because I wouldn’t sing for people - in public,"Kevin says."That year that he committed suicide, that’s when I started to sing more. ... I guess it was kind of for him.”

These days, Kevin is the main voice and composer for Island band Kupa’aina. He’s also working on a solo album and during the day he’s a field representative for The Trust for Public Land’s Hawaii chapter.
As for little sister Elina, she moved to the West Coast, graduated from USC, and met Tyrone at church, where he was a worship music minister. It was the music that brought them together.

“He said,’Hey, I hear you’re trying to write some songs, I’ll help you out, here’s my phone number,’ “ Elina says.

The line obviously worked: The couple married at Kualoa Ranch in 2005, serenaded by all the vocal talents on both sides of the family.

Tyrone appears to have gotten into the Chang way of things, joining everyone on a family trip to Ireland last year, when Nelson again “forced” the kids to pull out impromptu gigs at the places they stayed.


Elina’s voice is said to be pure and lingering
“You should have heard him singing Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone to the drunks in Durty Nelly’s pub in Bunratty,"Carol says.

Tyrone is a breakout talent whom many predict is on his way to making it big. He grew up a skinny preacher’s kid in Spokane, Wash., with four musically gifted sisters.

It wasn’t until he moved to California that his own music came out - in a pulsing blend of pop, soul and rock. His music has been heard on numerous TV shows including One Tree Hill and The Bedford Diaries.

His second major label album, Remain, will make its hard release Jan. 27.

Elina and Tyrone live in Chino, Calif., where they have a home studio and lots of guitars around the place and songwriter friends dropping by to write and play. In addition to her music, you can find Elina online at www.tvlesson.com, where she gives lessons in everything from cooking sweet Thai chili chicken to how to get ideas for songwriting. She first started presenting when she was a student at Castle High School - you might remember her as the Eazy Tunes and Eazy Grindz girl on the education cable shows.


Tyrone Wells’ new album debuted in the top 10 of the iTunes rock chart
Tyrone is often on the road, and Elina joins him when she can, along with their 2-year-old Maltese terrier, Pono. Pono has been everywhere from Bosto - Mid-Week Weekend Cover Story- Oahu, Hawaii


Discography

Self titled album, TAMILA and ELINA
Self titled debut album, ELINA.

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Bio

So here we are. Two Women. Two friends. Two sisters (in more ways than one). Two passionate song-writers. A guitar, a keyboard and some harmony. With much prayer for God’s guidance and pushing past our own feelings of inadequacy, here we stand, side by side. Tamila and Elina.

Looking at us, you can tell we come from two different worlds. Tamila Zahrndt from the crisp desert terrain of Spokane, Washington and Elina Wells from the warm and tropical island of Oahu, Hawaii. Both of us with very different journeys to our faith and music dreams.

I, Tamila grew up singing with my siblings in the church where my father was a pastor. Music has always been a huge part of my life, including every night after dinner, as we would sing while cleaning the dishes. Writing lyrics and music was a hobby I picked up early on ~ it took a hiatus while I got my BA in music and worked as a worship pastor ~ but then found it’s way as I was encouraging others to use their gifts and was told I should take some of my own medicine and do my own project. There is a deep yearning in my soul to explore this journey of life through lyrics and melodies and in so doing, Worship our amazing God.

I , Elina grew up in Hawaii singing pop hits on the family karaoke machine and Broadway show tunes in high school plays. Apparently I started writing songs at a very young age and the first song my family remembers me penning at age 3, is a song called “I love me” (documented for life and my continued embarrassment, in an old family video). After my college years at USC, I got back into songwriting and my subject matter in songs broadened greatly, thanks be to God! Music began to mean much more to me when I became a Christian in junior high. All of a sudden there was a deeper yearning in my heart. Simple love songs on the radio would remind me of the great love that God has for us. I feel the most fulfilled when I am expressing God’s love through music.

Together in this ministry, we are passionate about working with churches to encourage, inspire and identify with the journey every believer is on.

Referrals about Tamila and Elina:

Front Porch Bible Study, Evangelical Free Church, Fullerton

We have a class of 120 women. They are all ages and in all stages of their journey through life. Tamila and Elina have gifted us with their music during our praise and worship time. Their music is so full of joy!! They truly prepared our hearts to follow praise and worship with the study of God’s Word. The women are all looking forward to having them back. They do a wonderful job using the gift of music the Lord has given them.

Kathie Zuidema-Bible study leader-Evangelical Free Church-Fullerton

What a wonderful retreat we enjoyed, due in part to the melodic voices of Tamila and Elina. These two amazing women are not only talented musicians but also incredibly easy to work with. Through the course of the two months prior to our retreat they were in constant communication with us to ensure that they could provide the appropriate music to compliment our theme. When they arrived and met with our speaker for the weekend, they were able to tweak their program to be perfectly in sync with our speakers vision. Their genuine love of God and authentic personalities has made a lasting impression on many of the women attending. As one woman told me 'the whole retreat has placed a hand print on my heart.'

Mary Ann Brunton
Women's Ministry
Montrose Church

"Dear Elina & Tamila,
Words cannot begin to express how truly blessed our Mom2Mom group was to have you as guest speakers and performers. Your testimonies were inspiring,
your music was a joy to our ears, warmed our hearts and even at times made many of us cry tears of delight. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute and
hope that God will bless this ministry and desire of yours to share your music with many others like us who wish to be inspired and blessed.We would warmly welcome both of you back to our church any time.

Much Love and Many Blessings,
Ashley Powell
Mission Viejo Christian Church
Mom2Mom Ministry
"Her Children Arise & Call Her Blessed"

"Finding worship leaders is not that difficult, but finding ones who are mature, experienced, and musically gifted is quite challenging to say the least. Tamila and Elina bring me a sense of peace because they have numerous years of experience leading worship, great stage presence, and the ablility to connect with the people they are leading. I love most of all their hearts for using music to lead others into God's presence."

Dave Hwang (youth pastor)
K-House Ministry
La Puente, CA
www.khouseministry.org

"As the wife of the Music Director and partner in our Young Adult Ministry at Upland Brethren In Christ Church, we were sincerely blessed and honored to host Tamila and Elina during our worship service. Not only did these two women exude a sincere love and devotion to God, but they sought to glorify