This week we are crushing on Ellen Thweatt.
Ellen is an Americana singer and songwriter. Ellen originally hails from Southern California, but she moved to Tennessee in order to pursue her musical career. Her childhood found her singing the National Anthem at National Horse shows and football games, leading church bands, and playing in brass ensembles. When she was 16, Ellen started her own business, providing music lessons for children. Her passion for teaching is only rivaled by her passion for music, and that business is something she pursues to this day.
Ellen studied Vocal Performance and Commercial Music as a university student in Nashville,TN. Along with singing, Ellen also plays the guitar and banjo, continuously honing her skills. Ellen is beyond authentic in her songwriting; her music is how she communicates. It’s that raw honesty and passion that she hopes to convey through her songs. No stranger to the stage, Ellen has performed backup vocals for Carrie Underwood on the 2014 CMA Awards and for Sara Evans on the 2014 CMA Christmas Show.
Take a listen to “Your Cinderella” here:
What is the first thing that you notice about a potential love interest?
I notice their willingness to listen. If I talk about something personal and the person immediately jumps to a different topic, I usually tune out right away.
What is your definition of romance?
This is one of my favorite quotes from an indie film called “Frances Ha.” The first time I heard it, I wrote it down because I believed that it was an unique portrayal of what I thought romance should be.
“…It’s that thing when you’re with someone, and you love them and they know it, and they love you and you know it… but it’s a party… and you’re both talking to other people, and you’re laughing and shining… and you look across the room and catch each other’s eyes… but – but not because you’re possessive, or it’s precisely sexual… but because… that is your person in this life. And it’s funny and sad, but only because this life will end, and it’s this secret world that exists right there in public, unnoticed, that no one else knows about. It’s sort of like how they say that other dimensions exist all around us, but we don’t have the ability to perceive them. That’s – That’s what I want out of a relationship. Or just life, I guess. ?
What is the best date you’ve ever been on?
I think the best “date” I’ve had wasn’t even something that you could call a date. My boyfriend was on a road trip (before we were dating), from Nashville and was going across the United States. He took an extra 4 hours or more to stop in my hometown to attend a show that I was performing.
What’s your instant deal breaker?
If I talk about something personal and the person immediately jumps to a different topic, I usually tune out right away. Also, if a guy doesn’t like coffee than I usually question his sanity. ;D
What is the best piece of romance advice you have ever received?
“ Perhaps it is our imperfections that make us perfect for one another.”