English singer songwriter Elise Yuill Cohen’s repertoire of story-telling conscious folk songs are enriched with her fascination of mysticism, philosophy and environmentalism. Her powerfully emotive voice guides listeners on a thought-provoking voyage, laden with tender, heartfelt tales of dreams, people, love, and life.
Elise's debut EP ‘A Thousand Angels' Tears’ (2014) was produced by acclaimed artist Howard Jones, who Elise supported on his solo tour in 2016. Alongside the 14 UK tour dates, Elise launched an Indiegogo Crowd Funding Campaign to support the recording and independent release of her first full-length album; a project she is currently working on with producer Peter Miles and friends, at Middle Farm Studios in her home county of Devon. The release of the album, titled 'Scarlet Begonias', will be summer 2017 - official release to be announced very soon!
Elise began writing and performing her original compositions as well as traditional folk songs, in 2013, since she has played numerous concerts and festivals across the UK and in Europe, including her first appearance at Glastonbury Festival (2015).
Some of her more recent concerts have also begun to incorporate collections of sacred mantras, collectively known as the spiritual practice of devotional singing. Elise has gathered these beautiful songs over the years from her travels and from friends. The purpose of these uplifting and heart opening mantras, is to include and guide the entire audience in song; unifying all who are present. Elise’s first experience of sharing this ancient spiritual practice was with the harmony infused group Ananda Murtaye and was discovered through studying yoga. This marrying of musical themes will weave throughout many of Elise’s appearances this year; a conscious diversion through which she strives to bring the beauty, magic and humility of devotion into her public appearances.
Collaborations include; Pilote remix of ‘A Thousand Angels' Tears’, regular appearances with the harmony infused devotional singing group Ananda Murtaye, and vocalist on Giles Bryant’s beautiful version of 'Ho’oponopono' the Hawaiian healing prayer featured on The Perpetual Choirs album released in 2012.
Furthering Elise's passion for music, she is also a devoted Yoga & Pilates teacher and the founder of To Be Inspired - a health and wellness company focused on delivering the benefits of Yoga and Pilates to enhance health and happiness for the mind, body and spirit.