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Holly Elle, a Canadian pop singer from the small town of Chestermere, Alberta, followed her dreams of becoming a singer and moved to Nashville, Tennesse, known as "Music City". When we were introduced to Elle and her music video, Freak, we wanted to talk to her about the great work she's doing. Freak is a song about sexual orientation that is her response to recent teen suicides and bullying. The music video for the song received attention from many online bloggers and was featured in a well-known LGBT magazine, The Advocate. Elle says, "I hope that my music can affect people in a good way. Whether it helps someone through a difficult time in their lives, or it just makes you wanna shake your ass,".
Elle has a bachelor's degree of Music in Vocal Performance that she received in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and a bachelor's degree in Music Business from Belmont University, in Nashville. She performs at local venues, has auditioned for FOX's hit series, Glee, and has released an EP entitled "Infinitude". A song from the EP, entitled "Don't Come Home", was featured on the finale of MTV's Real World: San Diego.
Look out for her upcoming EP, Leopardess, which she says is about becoming a strong woman and finding strength through music.
Where did your inspiration to write and make music come from? Also, who are some of your major influences?
I just have a passion inside me for it. It’s my way to be creative and express myself, I think everyone needs an outlet for that. My inspiration is life. I’m influenced by a huge range of artists spanning many genres and eras. The Beatles, Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, Elton John... to name a few.
Are any topics off limits when it comes to lyrics?
No. I’m not a big fan of limits.
Your song Freak was written as a response to all of the teen suicides that have been happening due to bullying. What are some of the reactions that you have been receiving for this song and music video?
I’ve had people love it, hate it, and everything in between. Which is to be expected.
How do you feel about being able to affect and reach others through your music?
That’s the entire point of it, to connect with people. So when that happens, my heart lights up with joy.
What is some advice you can give to someone who is being bullied and is having a hard time standing up for themselves?
This too shall pass. You will get through it. In the meantime, take advantage of the many resources online and in your school that offer help. That’s the beautiful thing about the Internet, it’s easier to connect than ever, and there are always going to be other people out there feeling the exact same way you are at any given moment. Or, find your creative outlet. Pick up a guitar, write a poem, learn something new. The list of successful people who were bullied is long.
If there was one thing you would want listeners to take from listening to your music, what would it be?
I would hope they feel inspired, or want to get up and dance, or feel comforted; there are so many things I try to convey. But most of all: enjoyment.
What do you do in your spare time when you’re not making music or writing songs?
I love going out to the movies, I go a LOT. I spend time with my dog, I hang out with friends. I like to read, I jazzercise and I spend time working on myself. I can be a bit of a hermit.
Any words to live by?
Be yourself, and no regrets.