About Me

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Ellen Once Again is one part vintage and two parts bubbly with a shot of Pop Soul

Who Me

Who I Am

More often than not, it’s the simple things in life that make us happy. Long walks on the beach, waltzing through the rain on a warm afternoon, a cup of coffee in a quaint loft overseeing the big city. Here you’ll find moments of bliss, ones that leave their imprint for years to come and stay beneath our skin for a lifetime. But as with all things in nature, even the simplest of forms have layers of complexity. And singer-songwriter Ellen Once Again is about capturing that essence, and preserving the moment so it can be relived over and over. Based in Dallas, Ellen Hinton, better known by her stage name Ellen Once Again, was introduced to music in early childhood. “I grew up in a musical family,” she explains. “We sang at church, at home, in the car – so from a very young age I knew it was something that I wanted to do.” Different from most kids, Ellen preferred tinkering on the piano than playing outside, and soon developed a love for musicians like Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, and Nina Simone. “I was really introverted growing up. I discovered that writing songs helped me express myself and my feelings.” Over the years Ellen has established a reputation for her pop-driven melodies, lively vocal performance, and Lily Allen-esque flair. Soulful, bubbly and vintage at heart, she’s released four EPs, and her songs have been featured on hit television shows like Glee, Dance Moms, and Mistresses, along with others such as Manhattan Love Story and Hand of God. In 2015, her song"I'm Feeling Lucky" was used in a Hershey's Kisses Deluxe commercial, and her song "Chasing Rainbows" was featured in a Friskies TV spot. She’s also been written about and praised in numerous publications, including PopSugar, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, American Songwriter, as well as various tech blogs for her clever transposition of music and technology. Ellen’s latest single, “Love Myself,” was released in the summer of 2016, and she has plans to enter the studio soon to begin work on new material. “I want people to be encouraged and inspired when they listen to me,” she says. “It’s about spreading love through music.”

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News & Notes
  • Deep Ellum Arts Festival 2019 April 5-7


    Hey guys! If you are in the area and want to hear some of my groovy tunes as well as some of my new songs, please swing by and say hello!

    Time: 12:00-12:40 pm on Saturday, April 6th on the Deep Ellum Radio Artist’s Court stage.

    For more information visit: http://deepellumartsfestival.com/

     

  • Downtown Sessions McCall Plaza (Plano, Texas)


    Hey guys!  If you are in the area and want to hear some of my groovy tunes as well as some of my new songs, please swing by and say hello!

    McCall Plaza – April 6th @ 8:00pm
    For more information visit: https://plano.gov/2746/McCall-Plaza

  • Love Songs for Valentines


    February is here! Thanks to Women of Substance Radio for including I Do on your Love Songs for Valentines Spotify playlist! Check it out ❤️👰🏽

    https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1BDla45QVxkhrHdmfUEVd6 

  • Summer Songs – North Richland Hills


    Celebrate NRH’s newest park with Summer Songs at the Song Space Amphitheater, 9000 Grand Avenue, across from Stormy Plaza Park, in front of the Dolce Living Main Building. Bring your lawn chairs and favorite beverage and come enjoy free, outdoor and informal live music performances at 7 p.m. on Thursdays in June.

    Relax and enjoy a 45 minute informal music set by some of the area’s best musicians! 

    I’ll be playing on June 14th, If you’re in the area, please come tap your toes and say hello!

    http://www.nrhtx.com/1085/NRH-Summer-Songs

  • Voyage Dallas Meets Ellen


    Today we’d like to introduce you to Ellen Hinton.

    Ellen, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
    I have always been around music for as long as I can remember. My mom sings, my dad plays the bass, my sisters sing and play instruments as well. We are a musical family. I remember singing with them. There were always pianos, guitars, and other instruments in the house.

    From a very young age I just really loved music. I performed in choirs in school and church, and for a little while, I tried some different avenues that really didn’t fit.

    Somehow I found music again. I taught elementary music, piano lessons, and taught church choirs. I encouraged so many great students to pursue their dream so I decided to take my own advice.

    We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
    I was shy growing up but music was my outlet. It really helped me get out my thoughts and well as dealing with life. When there is a lot going on music is still a safe place for me. I found out after a close friend of mine passed away when I was younger that music can bring people together. It can make someone’s day a little brighter. Although we all have different experiences, our emotions like sadness, pain, and even happiness are universal. I feel so lucky that I’m able to connect with people through music. Maybe I can write something that may give a little hope.

    The music business is definitely a challenge. It’s a rollercoaster. I’ve had so many opportunities fall through just when it was in arms reach. It can be heartbreaking. There are always sketchy people waiting to take advantage if you’re not careful, but it’s not easy for anybody. Sometimes I have to unplug for a bit and really focus on what’s important. I spend time with my family, friends or play with my little ones. Sometimes I’ll get a message from someone who was touched my music and it makes my day.

    So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Ellen Once Again story. Tell us more about the business.
    When I get asked about my music, I tell people that I make music that feels like sunshine even in the rain. When I perform or if you meet me, I’m always talking about chasing your dreams. You get one life to make a difference. I love making music. I’ve gotten to hear my songs on a Hershey’s commercial, Dance Moms, Hand of God and several other shows. The thing that inspires me the most is when I hear that a song I wrote gave someone hope, made them happy, or helped them through a tough time. I recently got a chance to speak to an auditorium full of young bright-eyed students and tell them that they are not too young to follow their passions and start making it happen today. This is why I feel so lucky to do what I do.

    Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
    I feel like I have experienced both. I’ve had several opportunities to have my songs heard on tv/film and commercials, but there were a lot of opportunities that for some reason or another I wasn’t able to do that turned out to be a big deal. More than luck, I believe that if you work hard that your gift will make room for you. I try not to focus on the past but look ahead for what is coming.

    source: http://voyagedallas.com/interview/meet-ellen-hinton-ellen-grand-prairie/



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