Desert Debut: Ellanora Dellerba crosses the music industry and her youth on her first album | Music function

Southern Arizona folk Singer Ellanora Dellerba’s debut album is both a musical and personal journey spanning more than eight years.

Dellerba, 24, started writing Lost on a coastline when she was only 15 years old, and reflects the growth of the musician as well as the life in the desert.

“It sums up all my heartaches and lost loves and lessons learned in one performance,” Dellerba said.

Raised by musicians, Dellerba lived and breathed music, from her involvement in her father’s band to her longtime performance at the Tucson Folk Festival and the Tubac Festival of the Arts.

Due to her story, Dellerba has always loved music and been fascinated by how words can be used poetically to convey multiple meanings.

“These songs come out of the struggle,” said TaliSeen JahRing, Dellerba’s production assistant and teammate. “Music is not just about playing your instrument, music is about living your life and going through difficulties, so that when you step on that instrument or behind that microphone, you can connect with whoever is listening. .”

The album combines rustic American instrumentals, Dellerba’s soulful vocals and bittersweet narration for a rich folk production.

“What she captures musically is that there’s a simplicity in the words that can touch a lot of people,” JahRing said. “There is a level of vulnerability. She doesn’t write music outside of herself, it’s music written only from within.

Many songs are also infused with natural sounds, representing his connection to the Sonoran Desert.

“There is something very categorical about the desert. It’s unshakable, immovable,” Dellerba said. “I feel like a very absolute person and [the desert] is not very forgiving and that speaks to me.

Dellerba says her favorite songs are “Highway Grass” for its instrumentals and “Lost To A Coastline” for its raw lyricism. The titular song was the last the team worked on for the album, with the chorus written in the studio as they finished production.

“[At first] it was more of a metaphor representing the man I was with, but just writing it made me realize that it really lifted me up, which was lost on the coastline,” Dellerba said.

JahRing’s favorite album, “Starsong”, weaves together various natural desert sounds. He remembers a monsoon night while recording the track.

“I lay down a full guitar track and all the lights go out. But the engineer tells me to keep playing and there aren’t really any lights, just this rumbling thunder. And [after I finish] turns out the whole band was still there, and that’s what made it on the album,” JahRing said.

Dellerba was born and raised in the Avalon Gardens EcoVillage in Tumacácori. Global Change Music, Dellerba’s recording label, was founded by her father TaliasVan.

“The idea is to support artists outside of Hollywood music culture and to really find real artistry and support it in a way that doesn’t destroy the artist,” JahRing said.

According to its website, Global Change Music seeks to take lyrical and physical action against injustices and systems of oppression.

“For music to truly have eternal value, the artist must truly have eternal value,” TaliasVan told the label’s website. “A musician who wants to make a difference on this planet must step up.”

Looking to the future, Dellerba continues to expand her craft through songwriting and photography, and hopes to perform more gigs.

“We hope to go on tour and see what the world has in store for us. said Dellerba. “But we are beholden to what suits us.”

Alice P. Darby