Rock the region with Breanna Elaine

By DJ Dave Hoffenberg

If you haven’t seen Breanna Elaine yet, I encourage you to do so. I’ve seen her twice now, at The Foundry and Still on the Mountain Distillery, both places where she will be playing again in the future. She mainly plays originals with a few covers. I heard her perform Jewel’s “Who Will Save Your Soul” and I bet Jewel herself would have enjoyed it as much as I did. Their next local gig is on Wednesday, June 29 from 3pm to 6pm at the Woodstock Farmers’ Market. She will then perform solo at the New American Grill in Londonderry on July 2nd and as part of a Women’s Choice event on July 4th where various artists will play to raise awareness of women’s rights and Planned Parenthood. Their next gig in Killington is on July 22nd at 6pm at The Distillery. For more information on these shows visit: breannaelaine.com along with links to all of her social contacts, some videos and info on her Kickstarter. Breanna Elaine is a singer/songwriter who also plays guitar.

She’s trying to record her first album and the process doesn’t come cheap, hence her Kickstarter campaign, but you can only donate to it until July 9th. She hopes to release the album later this year or early 2023, titled “Seedlings.”

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Breanna Elaine

She does some recording at A Sound Space in Rutland but most of the work is done at The Underground Recording Studio in Randolph with owner and engineer Vince Freeman. This is her first professional album. Vocals and acoustic guitar have been recorded so far, but she still has a long way to go. Aaron Martin from The Garcia Project provides percussion. Jared Johnson of Rutland from The Samples will play some bass and assist with the recording. Johnson owns Magnum PA, so he’s both a great bass player and a great sound guy. Breanna Elaine said Aaron Martin was a great drummer and called Jared Johnson “extraordinary”. She really got to know George Nostrand (owner of A Sound Space) over the last 6 months while he was guiding her on the business side.

Elaine, 25, has been making music for most of her life. She lived in Brattleboro until she was 12, when she taught herself guitar and began writing. Her parents had a great musical influence on her. It was her mother’s guitar that she first learned to play. Elaine said, “I’ve always sung and written songs without a melody, but one day I got bored and decided to learn an instrument.”

At the time she was listening to her mother’s CDs like Jewel, Alanis Morissette and stuff like that. She said, “Jewel really shaped a lot of my sounds.” She moved to Northampton to live with her father during her teenage years. Her father always listened to classic rock. She added: “He was always making music, always singing, wherever we went. In the car and at home. I’ve been surrounded by it my whole life.”

In Northampton she got into the music scene. She was in a few bands and started playing some open mics. When she was 18, she moved back to Vermont and into an apartment with her blind grandmother to become her caregiver. She was an LNA. She continued with open mics here in Vermont and that led to real gigs. In January, she quit her LNA job to become a full-time musician. Since then she has been booked every weekend.

Elaine has a busy brain with creative juices constantly flowing. She said: “I have hundreds of songs and I’m writing more all the time. I have an endless flow of material. My whole brain is a constant whirlwind of creative thoughts and ideas. Poems, lyrics, melodies. Photoshoot ideas, music video ideas, visions of all sorts of creative stuff. I was thinking of a music video the other day. I planned the whole thing in my head, but I have to write the script for it. I drove and thought of more pieces. I tried to fall asleep and thought about more. I usually just pull out my phone and record my thoughts.”

Later, she takes all of that and writes a song until it’s finished. As you can see, ideas are always flowing and with the right help, their visions become reality. That’s where her Kickstarter comes in to help her make this amazing album and more.

She called the upcoming album “Seedlings” because with it she is planting the seeds for her future and her music in the world. She said: “This is just the beginning of my whole career and it will evolve around it. It has some of my favorite songs that I’ve written and played lately that people really seem to like.”

Elaine loves to share her art with people while performing live. She said, “That’s the point. Attune you to the experience or the story, the feelings I share. Connect with them in different ways. Life is all about experiences. It is interesting to share my experience with them.”

Recording is not her favorite pastime. She likes the artistic part. She said: “I like to write, make the songs and decide what instruments are needed. Recording is another thing, but the best part is seeing it all come together in a cool way, maybe different than what I initially thought. I’m not a dictator, so I leave everyone with their own creative sprinkles. I give them the song and ask them to play whatever they feel is their role with all their heart. We decide together in which direction the song should go. I like everyone else’s magic dust that they put there with their own flavor and when it all comes together to create something truly epic.”

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