Ellery Bodell pursues passion for professional songwriting – Inklings News
As a proud community of the musical arts, it’s no surprise that there are some talented young musicians in Westport looking to make their dreams come true. Many aspiring artists pursuing their musical careers begin after high school. Yet for a certain young artist, their journey has already begun.
Ellery Bodell ’22 (pronouns they / them) comes from a long line of musicians. They are the grandchildren of singer Eartha Kitt who was the original singer of the hit song “Santa Baby”.
Bodell has released several songs on Spotify, including “Smoke Signals” and “No Rest for the Wicked”. However, Bodell only recently started actively writing and producing his own songs.
“I was sort of hesitant about this before and wasn’t sure if this was going to be for me,” Bodell said. “Just recently I really started writing and working on it. And so here we are now.
Bodell’s strong support system is, in part, what fuels their drive to keep writing songs. Their parents, in particular, have always been big supporters of Bodell’s career.
“Even when it comes to playing in the city, they support me tremendously. And I’m very grateful for it, ”said Bodell.
In producing their songs, Bodell collaborates with producer Larry Edoff and pursues voice lessons with singer and actress and Triple Threat Academy founder Cynthia Gibb.
“I’m so proud of their courage to produce original music,” Gibb said, “and go out and create it, develop it with professionals, and then release it to the world.
Gibb, who has been teaching Bodell for over five years, has seen his writing career come true.
“As an artist, I see them develop more and more levels of creativity and they sing [now] in multiple genres, ”Gibb said.
Along with creativity, Bodell uses his writing as a way to articulate his thoughts and emotions that cannot be conveyed just by speaking.
“For me, it’s the expression. Writing songs for me is a way to get whatever’s in my head out, ”Bodell said.
Bodell’s songs also have different meanings. While many of their songs are more of a personal expression, other songs they wrote convey meaningful messages to their audiences.
In the first song they wrote, Bodell talked about the importance of using her voice and making her heard, when others may try to silence her.
“If you have a voice, you should use it. And if people put you down, you should fight [them]Said Bodell.
Their messages have certainly been recognized by listeners to their music, including close friends who have seen Bodell’s inspirational and creative character reflected in their composition.
“I remember the song they showed me and I remember being blown away,” said Alexa Scully 22, a good friend and supporter of Bodell. “I could imagine them creating something like this because it was so unique and different”
“He’s a very passionate person,” said Ava Porretta ’22, who actively listened to Bodell’s songs and spoke to them on the subject. “They care a lot about their job, so I think they put a lot of emotion into their composition and what they write.”
Bodell’s music shares meaningful messages which they hope will reach listeners in a powerful and endearing way. They hope to provide a sense of comfort and security, which many often lack.
“I know other people are like me,” Bodell said, “and I just want them to feel like, [when] by listening to my music they can let their hair down and be themselves.