Brighton Music Hall
158 Brighton Ave
Allstonz, Massachussets 02134
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Brynn Elliott will be partnering with Boston's student-run over-night shelter Y2Y, donating a portion of each ticket sale for her show at Brighton Music Hall to their organization. To learn more about Y2Y, please visit http://y2yharvardsquare.org
At 17, Brynn Elliott was set to attend college when she got a call from music producer Clif Magness (Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson) who had received a demo of her songs from a family friend. He invited her to Portland, Oregon, to spend a year writing and recording with him. “I thought I was going to go to college to figure out my artistic interests” she says. “But it felt right, so I ended up moving there and living on my own for a year and making music with Clif.” Elliott had begun to create a lane for herself as a touring artist when she found out she had been accepted to attend Harvard University.
Elliott is paving the way for collegiate females to make their stand, and she’s doing it song-by-song. The Atlanta-born singer, songwriter, and musician is currently a rising senior at Harvard University, where she is majoring in philosophy, a key element in the stories of her songs.
In addition, Elliott has been bouncing between Boston and Nashville to collaborate with songwriter-producer Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift) on a collection of new songs. “Every song I’ve written has some kind of connection to something I’m experiencing at school” Elliott says. Her single, “Might Not Like Me,” was written while Elliott was going through a break-up and taking a class about Early Modern women philosophers at the same time.
Elliott says that “Might Not Like Me” is about getting past her fear of what other people think of her and finding confidence in herself. “And I loved asking questions about life, which is what started me writing songs. They were a vehicle to answer those questions, maybe not with an actual thought-out answer, but there’s some kind of resolution that I feel like songs can offer.”
She juggles her school work with an independent music career that includes writing, recording, and touring. Since the fall of 2014, when she entered college as a freshman, Elliott has played some 70 shows per year, opening for such artists as Brandi Carlile, Alanis Morissette, Grace Potter, Allen Stone, and Switchfoot. A gig with O.A.R. found her performing for thousands of people at Colorado’s fabled Red Rocks Amphitheatre, the last stop on her summer tour, after which Elliott flew back to Cambridge to join her classes already in progress.
As she gears up to release a series of upcoming singles this year, Elliott continues to find ways to integrate her music and her studies.