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Perseverance pays off for local singer

Elena Powell
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What a difference a few years can make to a performer.

Case in point is Nevada City’s Elena Powell, a singer-songwriter who currently performs at least four times monthly on the West Coast. She also had her first original (“Sneaking By”) selected for the independent film “More Than Money’s Worth,” which will be released in May.

While Powell had the song composition and the violin and guitar playing down pat three years ago, she wasn’t as at ease performing the originals for an audience. That’s because Powell didn’t like being the center of attention.

“I feel so much more comfortable on stage; it’s like home. Now I want to share and stimulate others, inspire others,” acknowledged Powell last Friday. She will appear at Cooper’s solo and then with band members on Feb. 20 in support of last July’s “Alta Nova” CD.

Perhaps the soft-spoken musician is now clicking on stage because of her unwavering dedication to her craft.

“I spent a lot of time laying foundation; I started going at it in 1998 and am now going intensive,” said Powell from Los Angeles, who flew there to play a weekend house concert attended predominantly by musicians just for networking purposes. “It’s not so much like it’s the big payoff, but it shows me perseverance pays off.”

As for having her song selected for the independent film, it was the first original Powell proposed for consideration.

“I submitted a different song, an acoustic Jewel sweet type of song, but I sent the whole ‘Alta Nova’ album. They said that that song’s cool ‘but we want ‘Sneaking By,’ which is an instrumental electric violin, very folky, dark-humored number for the peak point of the film,” Powell said.

Powell is thrilled about her original being selected for a film.

“I always make lists of things to accomplish for the coming year,” Powell laughed. “Last year it was make a CD (“Alta Nova”), play in Europe, make a video and get a song in a movie. All four came true; it was awesome,” Powell laughed.


WHAT: Elena Powell

WHEN: Feb. 20 at 8 p.m.

WHERE: Cooper’s, 235 Commercial St., Nevada City


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