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Singer-songwriter Elly Kellner with Beat Curti at Studios La Fabrique in France in 2019, together with Heather Bond, Ingrid White, Heather Bond and Syssi Mananga.

Beyond Music

At the end of April I spent two glorious weeks at Studios La Fabrique (France) for the BEYOND Music Project under guidance of Grammy-winning producer Larry Klein (USA). BEYOND unites professional musicians, composers, singers and songwriters on a single online platform to connect and collaborate. After I was signed up for the Beyond Music network the lovely Heather Bond from Nashville (USA) contacted me for a collaboration and together with 20 other musicians from all over the world we were selected to participate on the album recordings. There was a constant flow of creativity, love and humbleness and it felt like a welcome, warm bath.

During my time there I filmed parts of my experience and there are now six short vlogs on my Youtube channel. I filmed all this from my point of view, so the people I spent the most time with will be most visible in these videos. Also my personal experience, thoughts and feelings in the process are highlighted.

Larry Klein invited amazing musicians to form the house band: Dean Parks on guitars (Steely Dan, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Madonna, Elton John etc), Dan Lutz on bass (Lizz Wright, Melody Gardot), Adrian Utley on guitars (Portishead), Clive Deamer on drums (Radiohead), Manu Katché on drums (Sting, Peter Gabriel, Jeff Beck, Dire Straits etc) and Ed Harcourt on keyboards (Patti Smith, Marianne Faithfull). Engineers were: Maxime Le Guil and Steph Marziano.

The album we recorded in the studio is called ‘Same Sky’ and it was released this August. Besides the song Heather and I wrote ‘Different, you and I’ I also had a small lead part on ‘We are one’ and sang backing vocals on ‘Water’ and ‘Our colours’.

I’d like to especially thank Larry Klein for believing in my voice and empowering me. Regula & Beat Curti thank you so much for shining your light on this dream that you have made possible for all of us and Konstanze Wiedemann for planting the seed that grew into something so strong and beautiful. I will cherish this flower, water it and try my best to keep it growing.

Also a big merci to Studios La Fabrique for the welcoming vibe that they offer. Also Glen Dumbell, Doug Eglin and Jules, thank you for the amazing dinners, flavors and sweetness! It all felt like home and I hope to return to it one day. 

Lastly, Beyond Music are organizing the opportunity to collaborate again this year following through to next year with a new theme and new producer. If you’d like to know more about this project click here.

Elly 🧡

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