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Sans Elle

Elvin Jones

Sans Elle is a French singer, songwriter & producer.

For Sans Elle – litterally ‘Without Her’ – music is like a good book: pages follow one another but are not alike.

Exposed early to Debussy & Gershwin just as much as Sting, James Taylor, Pat Metheny, Georges Benson, Stevie Wonder or Barbra Streisand, she grew as a multidisciplinary artist (singing, piano, composition, arrangements), interfering with pop, electro-acoustic, soul or jazz music throughout the years.

Her personal style has kept re-inventing itself since then & materializes today with Beyond: her debut album, entirely made of originals, produced & supported by her own label SAY YAY!

Sans Elle started studying classical music theory & classical piano at 5 for several years. Aged 12, she started singing as a self-trainer and composing nearly simultaneously.

At 17, she launches with her first band in Festival d’Angers (France). But her business studies in Lille take her away from her music for a while. Neverthless, she continued music investing herself into various local projects, notably being the lead voice of the very Motown Maddoc’ band. This was the opportunity to give a series of shows in the region and at the prestigious Théâtre Sébastopol in Lille, to explore soul, rhythm ‘n’ blues and the repertoire of her beloved Stevie Wonder & Aretha Franklin.

Along her educational & professional experiences & trips, she met, formed relationships with & has been influenced by people from across the World. From then on this intercultural dimension has never stopped shaping her life & approach to music.

In late 2007, she self-produced 4 original tracks, of which ‘Invisible’ which she published on the internet. Her mesmerising voice & sense of melody soon attracted the attention of Havas & the French national railway company (SNCF), who decided a few months later to publish the track on the compilation Le Son du Transilien – 101,500 copies – & sponsor a series of gigs. Besides, she decided to go back to music full time performing on stage & studying jazz at IMEP, where she met many talented musicians, some of whom right away came aboard her 2 projects: Sans Elle Pop Project & Sans Elle Jazz ‘N Soul.

After 50 shows in France & in Europe, she took a break from live music with a promise made to herself: to come back only producing a jazz, soul & world album & setting up her own label.

That’s now done with BEYOND, a debut album born by a brilliant voice & transcontinental grooves where jazz is infused with soul & blues also flirts with pop & classical sounds…