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Tel Aviv’s Hidden Talent: Meet The Singer Lee Eller
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Tel Aviv’s Hidden Talent: Meet The Singer Lee Eller

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Updated: 10 December 2015
Discover Lee Eller, a hidden gem from New York City. Meeting Lee Eller is a bit like meeting a bunch of people at the same time. She possesses a kind of creative schizophrenia that makes her a breathing juxtaposition: while she is quirky, fun and loud, her music is calm, angelic, and almost haunting. These conflicting energies come together in harmony, which makes her stage persona that much more charming. Get to know her and follow the vibe.
Photo © Shay Tamir/Logo © Jessica Moszynski
Photo | © Shay Tamir/Logo | Jessica Moszynski

Lee Eller originally hails from the heart of New York City. Lee draws her influence from the great 1990s divas, such as Mariah Carey and Celine Dion, as well as retro star Ella Fitzgerald. An only child to two eclectic parents, she was born with a stage name. When performing at high school, she was described as captivating and highly emotive, transitioning to a low and calm timber with great ease. Her biggest influence is Lykke Li, one of the first indie pop singers to go viral, whose do-it-yourself style is what Lee cherishes most. Her distinctive voice and vibe make her music an inspiration.

© Aviad Zisman
© Aviad Zisman

From the Big Apple to the White City

Five years ago, Eller visited Tel Aviv on vacation and fell in love with the strong and multicultural energy of the city. She met the local musicians and decided to pursue her dream of becoming a professional singer. She attended courses at Muzik, the famous music school of Tel Aviv. There, she was taught by some of the leading Israeli musicians and writers such as Amir Ben Ami and Tal Gordon.

© Aviad Zisman
© Aviad Zisman

From Inspiration to Music

The culture and way of life of the White City inspired her to enter her true soul and compile words describing her feelings that had been locked up until now. Today, verse and melody come easily after her authentic experiences in Tel Aviv. Eller’s creative process always starts with a few basic cords on the piano and rhythm, and then the words flow naturally. Her voice will transport you to another world, where the only thing you will do is gravitate slowly to a state of subconscious pleasure. Her music is a merge of soul and electronic beats, mixing strong words about true love, death and life in general. As a songwriter, she sometimes gets offers to buy her songs but always refuses. She says, “I’m very possessive with my songs. I prefer to add my personal vibe to every melody and do my own thing.” Over the past few months, she has been working on her first album that is set to be released soon, produced by Eliran Kalisky and Daniel Rosenbaum.

© Talia Welka
© Talia Welka

Meanwhile, she performs on various stages in Tel Aviv. Gathering more and more fans with each performance, she remembers her very first stage in Israel at Tsuzamen Bar, on Lilienblum 25, with a mere seven people in the audience! On stage, her boyfriend, Ben Rijkmans, who she met at music school, has accompanied her since the beginning. Eller was invited to perform at the Music Fest of Yafo, where she enjoyed singing in front of a larger crowd. Recently, she attended the famous SoFAR Sounds, a secret gathering of performers filmed by professionals, where she enjoyed an intimate experience with her fans.

© Aviad Zisman
© Aviad Zisman

Be Captivated By Her Voice

In addition to her live performances, she sang and performed in a video clip produced by Benjamin Lidsky, who is known to work for David Broza, Boaz Banai and Yehuda Poliker. Together, they created a cover of Kurt Cobain’s famous song “Memoria.” She not only conceived her own version of the song, but she thought conceptually, giving her personal touch as a film director, as well as an actress. Lee liked the idea of it being in various tones so that, literally and figuratively, she would be more revealed.

Her captivating style and hypnotic voice will catch you from the first note. Fall in love with her bubbly personality and charming aura. Eller is definitely an artist to keep track of – don’t be surprised to see her soon on stage at internationally renowned festivals.

© Talia Welka
© Talia Welka

By Jessica Moszynski

Jessica, a Belgian art director and graphic designer, is passionate about art and fashion. Every day, she discovers a new secret of Tel Aviv – and can’t wait to tell you about it!