Singer-songwriter Elisa Korenne writes intimately introspective songs about her pathways, and the pathways of fringe figures in history. What binds these disparate life journeys is a profound and poetic sensitivity for the human condition. “My work is about cultivating empathy and opening minds and hearts,” Elisa says.
Elisa’s sophisticated accessibility has garnered her favorable comparisons to Liz Phair, Sarah McLachlan, Suzanne Vega, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, and Aimee Mann. She’s performed both nationally and internationally in a variety of performing contexts, from exquisite singer-songwriter establishments to theatrical venues where she performs story-and-song concerts based on her oddball character-study compositions.
She’s earned songwriting awards from the Plowshares Songwriting Contest, Sisters Folk Festival, Great American Song Contest, Song of the Year, Song Prize, and the Philadelphia Songwriters’ Project. Elisa’s songs have graced networks such as HBO, VH1, and ABC.
Her stunning new album, Concrete, is a seamless collection of eclectic pop-rock spanning slinky funk-rock, quaintly graceful pop-rock, and smoldering sophisticated adult contemporary pop-rock. Lyrically, the album is a scrapbook chronicling character-defining moments in the life of Elisa, and the eccentric personalities she unearths through probing the recesses of folkloric Americana. Taken on an autobiographical level, the songs span a pivotal period in Elisa’s life when the city girl moved from Brooklyn, New York—a metropolis with a population of 8.25 million—to New York Mills, Minnesota, a nook of a town with a population of 1,197. Recently, she developed the story on Concrete’s “100 Miles To Nowhere” into a humorous and touching memoir about her move titled Hundred Miles To Nowhere: An Unlikely Love Story.
Listening to Concrete it’s striking how Elisa can step outside herself and inside of others to pen songs that resonate so broadly. But that’s the crux of her work, sharing feelings with boldness and authenticity.