About Elise Yuill Cohen

Elise marries positive humanist lyrics to a fresh ‘new folk’ sound. With crystal vocals and beautifully crafted guitar arrangements, she illuminates the human condition with the wisdom of a seasoned soul. Can’t wait for her new album!
— Howard Jones

English singer songwriter and devotional artist 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 first release: 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 raising over £10K to record and independently release of her first full-length album; titled 'Scarlet Begonias' produced by Peter Miles at Middle Farm Studios in her home county of Devon. The album was released in August 2017.

Since Elise began sharing original compositions in 2013, she has played numerous concerts and festivals across the UK and in Europe, including her first appearances at Glastonbury Festival (2015), and the sacred music festival Sound & Silence Corfu (in 2016 & 2017).

Alongside her life long passion for folk and traditional music (inherited from her Scottish and Irish ancestry), Elise discovered the Bhakti Yoga practice of chanting mantra while undertaking a yoga teacher training. After years of personal devotion to this ancient spiritual practice, Elise's first taste of leading public Kirtan events, in yoga studios and at festivals across the U, was with the devotional band Ananda Murtaye. More recently throughout 2017, Elise has begun to hold Kirtan evetns independently, incorporating a wealth of new and original mantra-esque material, along with a vast collection of beautiful mantras gathered over the years from her travels and from friends. Early stages of preparation for her next record of this nature are well underway. 

Elise takes us to the deep peace within, through the magic of mantra. She has the most extraordinary voice, and the deep spiritual practice that always make singing mantras with her an affair of the heart
— Kirtan participant


Musical collaborations include; Pilote remix of ‘A Thousand Angels' Tears’ (free download here!), regular appearances Ananda Murtaye, and lead vocalist on Giles Bryant’s beautiful version of 'Ho’oponopono' (free download here!),the Hawaiian healing prayer featured on The Perpetual Choirs album released in 2012. Elise has also brought vocal harmonies to artist Will Willson's latest EP 'Nowhere Bound', also in live performances with James Frost, Carrie Tree, Brenda McMorrow, and Netanel Goldberg. 

Elise is a passionate yoga teacher and founder of To Be Inspired - a holistic wellness company based in South Devon, operating across the UK and abroad, holding retreats, workshops, Kirtan/Bhakti gatherings, 1-1 tuition and Life Coaching.

A vocal style that is so richly engaging it summons up images of long lost summers, crisp winters and the deep, warming glow of the fireplace within moments. You are guaranteed to be emotionally moved by the rich tapestry of her abounding talent.
— Chris High. Epstein Theatre, Liverpool Review

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