Ella Greenbaum, artistically known as ellakate, is an alternative pop singer-songwriter born, raised and based in Atlanta, Georgia. Growing up with musical parents and a knack for creating and performing, ellakate found a passion for music that went beyond forcing her brothers to listen to her melodies as a child. “When my dad first explained what the song ‘Brandy’ by Looking Glass was about, I discovered the magic of storytelling in song writing. I have been singing and making up songs for as long as I can remember,” said ellakate about her innate talents. She has written hundreds of songs since her childhood exploring topics that coincide with the journey of growing up and finding love, filling piles of notebooks in her room with song lyrics. ellakate’s songs recount stories and experiences that may have not happened to her, but are inspired by events that have impacted her.
Her voice has been compared to a “young Amy Winehouse”, showing her vocal prowess - honest and sensual, with a hint of innocence. Her sultry vocals mixed with her haunting, bold and romantic sound is reminiscent of artists like Billie Eilish, Tove Lo and Lana Del Rey. She has plans to release music throughout 2022 and 2023 and perform live shows in addition to casual appearances. ellakate is a breath of fresh air in the musical climate, writing exactly what we’re all thinking and spinning it in a mature, yet cheeky way. To keep up with ellakate, check out her Instagram and stay tuned for new music coming soon.
OUT ON JULY 14
ellakate Releases Upbeat Alt-Pop Track "Dry"
Atlanta, GA (July 14, 2023) - Rising Alt-Pop artist ellakate just released her new single, “Dry,” on Friday, July 14th. The song will be followed by its music video release on July 21st. This new track was inspired by feeling burnt-out, numb, and indifferent. ellakate hopes to connect to listeners with her emotionally powerful lyrics and driving, catchy melodies that offer a sense of euphoria. Both “Dry” and “I'm Yours,” which ellakate released last month, will be part of an upcoming EP slated to launch in August.
ellakate explains that “Dry" is a song she wrote while experiencing an intense burn-out. The artist was inspired to write lyrics such as “Trekking through the desert hoping for some angsty weather,” while she was simultaneously juggling school, work, and athletics. “Dry” confronts ellakate’s lack of motivation and her craving for her ambition back.
OUT ON MAY 26
Rising pop artist ellakate drops an emotionally eerie new love song.
Atlanta, GA (May 26, 2023) - Alt-pop artist ellakate is releasing her brand new track 'I'm Yours' on Friday, May 26th. The song explores themes of toxic love and giving your all to a partner, so much so that it becomes consuming. As the song progresses, it becomes clear that the artist has lost herself in pouring her entire identity and focus into her partner. 'I'm Yours' has a sinister feel to it, with dynamic tones and contrasting harmonies. ellakate often incorporates some form of tonal dissonance into her music, creating a distinct sound for herself within the ever-so-broad pop genre.
This song is inspired by obsession. Obsession is a powerful force in life and love, often damaging one's identity and taking focus away from things that truly matter." - ellakate
i wanna fall in love for the night
OUT ON FEB 24TH
ellakate’s Alt-Pop Ballad “I Wanna Fall in Love for the Night” Desires for a Timeless Love
ATLANTA, GA (February 16, 2023) - Ellakate releases her alternative pop single “I Wanna Fall in Love for the Night” on February 24, 2023. The beautiful ballad expresses a longing to experience love but fearing being hurt. One of the most touching lyrics is “I wanna fall in love for the night, without the consequence of time,” which describes the beauty and passion of the beginning of a relationship. But after time, it can turn to sadness, hurt, or distance. Inspired by her longing to feel a loving coexistence, ellakate also expresses her fear of what time could do to that love. She says that “Whether it turns sour or fizzles away, one thing is for sure, love is at its most pure form in the beginning.”
Ellakate’s soft and soulful vocals are incredibly vulnerable and perfectly complemented with a gentle piano and airy backing vocals. Often compared to a “young Amy Winehouse,” ellakate has a honest and sensual quality to her vocals, mixed with the innocence of her years. While some of her songs could be compared to Billie Eilish, “I Wanna Fall in Love for the Night” is more stylistically like the sounds of Lana Del Rey.
It's Not My Fault
OUT ON JAN 13TH
ellakate Isn't Afraid To Set Boundaries in Alt-Pop Single "It's Not My Fault"
Channeling a Billie Eilish vibe, ellakate's new single "It's Not My Fault" is about when romantic feelings get in the way of friendship.
ATLANTA, GA (January 13, 2023) - Rising alt-pop star ellakate's newest single "It's Not My Fault" is about a situation where a romantic confession gets in the way of a perfectly good friendship. "I wrote this song after a guy confessed his feelings for me after I had made it clear to him that I wasn't interested in anything more than friendship," says ellakate of the song's inspiration. "When he came to me, I reminded him of how I felt, and he acted shocked and wounded. The song is written to him out of my sheer frustration at his lack of respect for my boundaries."
ellakate's musical prowess is on full display as the singer-songwriter displays a voice far beyond her years and a musical ingenuity that carries her lyrics in a driving, uptempo melody. With a soundscape akin to the styles of Billie Eilish, "It's Not My Fault" shows off the incredible ability ellakate has to write lyrics that explore topics coinciding with the journey of growing up and finding love. A refreshing voice in the music industry, ellakate's mature yet cheeky take on the topics we all face in life brings a fresh dose of honesty to her music set against the backdrop of striking pop melodies and bold production.
If You Want
OUT ON NOV 18TH
ellakate’s “If You Want Me To” is An Emotional Ballad that Keep Listeners Company
“If You Want Me To” is a song about romance, friendship, self-worth, and how the artist navigates unreciprocated love.
ATLANTA, GA (October 27, 2022) – “If You Want Me To” (releasing November 18th) is the newest alt-pop single from up-and-coming artist ellakate, that undisputedly comforts listeners as a loved one and a friend. The song takes you on a journey of ellakate's love for her friend - from daydreaming of romance to letting them go so they can be happy. Reminiscent of artists like Billie Eilish, Lana Del Ray, and Amy Winehouse, ellakate’s intimate, sultry vocals play against an emotionally soothing groove that audiences find captivating and honest. "This song is special to me because it is one of the first times I was able to write about my personal feelings and experiences,” says ellakate. "I know it may seem odd, but I really would have helped my friend get with their crush just to see them happy.” As the second single for the brand-new artist, “If You Want Me To” showcases the lyrical prowess and emotional intelligence of the young singer who has written hundreds of songs since her childhood, exploring topics that coincide with the journey of growing up and finding love. Finding the magic in storytelling and songwriting, ellakate is a breath of fresh air in the musical climate, writing from the heart in a mature, yet cheeky way while dealing with topics that we all find ourselves dealing with from time to time.
OUT ON OCTOBER 21ST
ellakate Exposes Toxic and “High Maintenance” Love in Sassy New Alt-pop Single
This alt-pop anthem elevates conversations surrounding toxic love and mental health.
ATLANTA, GA (October 21, 2022) – Ella Greenbaum, artistically known as ellakate, brings a unique flare to her newest single “High Maintenance” releasing on October 21. Throughout this high energy, bold single, listeners will find themselves captivated by ellakate’s striking pop melodies, sassy lyrics, and charming production. While exploring mental health, toxic relationships, and self-worth, this project allows ellakate to transform into a more mature pop artist without sacrificing youthful lyricism.
Inspired by a tough romance her brother experienced, ellakate knew that others would relate to this message. “My brother's mental health suffered so much during and after this relationship, and this song expresses my anger toward his ex for not treating him right and frustration with my brother for not realizing his worth," says ellakate. Co-written with Heidi Higgins, “High Maintenance” is a wake up call for those who are constantly being manipulated by partners or friends.
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