Been awesome! Thanks for having me at Vents again!
Can you talk to us more about your new single “Promised Land”?
This track is the first single in a series of singles I’ll be releasing throughout 2018. It was recorded and produced up in Asbury Park, NJ, by platinum selling producer Steve Greenwell (Joss Stone, Busta Rhymes, Digable Planets and more). Steve called some amazing musicians into the studio to cut the tracks with us, such as drummer George “Spanky” McCurdy (Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Jill Scott, and Lauryn Hill); bassist Jack Daley (Lenny Kravitz, Beyoncé, Michael Jackson); and New Jersey native Larry Friday.
Did any event inspire you to write this song?
“Promised Land” is an expression, and in this song, it describes a sense of peace in relationships with others, and in the relationship with ourselves. The song was written in retrospect about a relationship gone wrong, and also tells about the conclusions and new hopes that grew from it.
Musically, “Promised Land” has a sound I’ve been dreaming and working to create since I started my solo project in 2016.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Definitely. I’ll be working on it in NYC in January.
How was the recording and writing process?
The writing and recording process was magical. My producer, Steve Greenwell (or “Magic Man”, as I like to call him), has been remarkable in his approach towards me and my music. He’s been serving as a perfect compass throughout this process, always directing me towards the path of least resistance – where things feel most genuine and true. It has been and still is a wonderful journey with him, and I am learning more about myself as an artist, a singer, a musician and a person every day.
What role does Memphis play in your songwriting?
Memphis plays less of a roll in my songwriting and more of a role as my support system, my first place to call “home” since I moved to the US five years ago. However, there is no doubt Memphis is deeply inspiring, unapologetic in its realness, rich in its history and stories, and powerful in its character and truth.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?
So far this year I have recorded a number of new songs, “Promised Land” being the first single of this bundle. Most of the songs will be a part of an eventual full-length album, but in the immediate future, we plan to release a second single in the beginning of 2018, which I’m super excited about.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
No title for the album yet. It is obviously a work in progress since a lot of it hasn’t been recorded yet. But, I will continue to release content, whether it’s singles or videos, all throughout 2018.
Any plans to hit the road?
Always. My most recent tour in California and Colorado was my absolute favorite and it seems like each tour is better than the last. It was our first show In Hollywood, and the band and I got to play some amazing venues in California and Colorado. We are planning on playing a show in my semi-adopted city of NYC soon in support of the new single, and will also play my birthday show in February in my adopted city of Memphis. We will do some more recording and filming before we hit the road hard on the east and west coasts in the spring/summer, and in to festival season. Touring is our first love and we can’t wait to be back on the road soon!
What else is happening next in Eleanor Tallie’s world?
I’ve got a few more surprises coming up. 2017 has been more about finding myself stylistically, vocally, production-wise – and I feel like with the help of my incredible management and production team, we’ve achieved what we set out to achieve. So 2018 can now be more about going even deeper into who I am as a musician – and showcasing the instruments I love to play, in addition to my vocals and songwriting.