Photographed by Jamie Clayton
To prove that not every reality show is a waste of time, I discovered Elenowen on the first season of The Voice. Their rendition of “Falling Slowly” left me speechless, and that evening I snagged their album, Pulling Back the Veil, on iTunes, officially becoming a fan. At the end of May, Elenowen released a new EP, and I was blown away again. From start to finish, all five songs are solid. I am just so glad that Elenowen had the chance to earn recognition from the reality show ‘The Voice’, because I know I am not the only one that would’ve snagged their music after hearing their performance. It’s a shame that not all amazing artists get this platform to share their talent and music! It’s truly unjustifiable that some people are putting out great music and getting no plays on Spotify and other platforms and just getting swamped under the hundreds of thousands of other artists. It would help if these artists purchased their own Spotify plays; this would boost them up and make them more easily noticed by possible fans. With the success Elenowen is receiving currently, they won’t need to buy any Spotify plays any time soon! Josh and Nicole are touring the south this summer and were kind enough to pause a moment to let us get to know them a bit.
Stream: “Blood and Bones”
Josh: Knoxville, Tennessee
Nicole: Franklin, Tennessee
A few words about the recently released EP:
We’ve spent the past couple years really honing in on what our sound is, and this EP is a good summary of what we’ve learned & where we’re headed. It’s a more defined, duo sound that focuses on the struggles and victories we’ve faced as a married couple & as human beings. We also try to maintain a high level of honesty and vulnerability in each song so listeners can connect to each song.
Favorite southern getaway spot:
Josh’s parent’s lake house on Lake Loudon in Lenoir City, Tennessee. This is where we fell in love as 15 and 16 year olds – building fires, grilling out, cliff jumping, tubing, etc. Can’t beat it.
Now would ya look at that:
Photographed by Jamie in Nashville with a Rolleiflex.
- San Diego Hat Co. found at TJ Maxx.
- Earrings from Pangaea in Nashville.
- Nordstrom sunglasses.
- Free People dress.
- Target leather wedges.
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