By Judy Shields
Hollywood, California (The Hollywood Times) 05/04/2021 “My advice to the younger generation is to never let fear hold you back. Do what you want to do and believe in yourself.” Country music singer/songwriter Karissa Ella told The Hollywood Times during a Zoom interview last week.
Karissa talked about coming to Nashville to go to Belmont University to study music as well as the business end of it and earned herself a Music Entertainment Degree. What an intelligent young woman indeed.
To round out The Acoustic Sessions, Karissa Ella‘s version of “Blame It On Your Heart” by Patty Loveless showcases her strong country sound. Her vocals are crisp and emotional as she tells this man that he can’t blame her for what’s going on, since he only has himself to blame. Jenee Fleenor (2x CMA Musician of the Year & ACM Musician Of The Year) is featured on fiddle and background vocals throughout the project, as well as guitarist Daniel Newell. Listen to the cover here and watch the acoustic video here. The budding singer/songwriter plans to release new original music this summer.
Here is that great conversation. Enjoy!
“As a huge fan of Patty Loveless, it sure was awesome to hear Karissa’s version of Patty’s song Blame It On Your Heart. It’s wonderful to have music from the 90s come back into play in country music. These are songs that should never be forgotten and the younger generation truly needs to hear these great songs. Karissa Ella has given this memorable song life with her own touch. Us older country music fans are going to enjoy her version and the new country music fans will be downloading it for sure.” Judy Shields, The Hollywood Times
“I loved every second of covering this Patty Loveless song! The lyrics in this song show so much sass and grit, you just can’t help but smile and laugh along. I hope to bring this kind of attitude to my new original songs coming soon!” said Karissa Ella.
For the past couple months, Karissa has been revisiting the songs that made her fall in love with country music as a child. The Acoustic Sessions highlight Karissa’s love of country music with covers of “Maybe It Was Memphis,” “Who I Am” and “You Can’t Make Old Friends” featuring Johnny Gates. All of this is leading up to new music from the rising singer/songwriter later this spring.
About Karissa Ella
Karissa Ella’s youthful and soulful style is a breath of fresh air in today’s world of country music, and she’s been recognized for it by Radio Disney Country, CMT and countless media outlets. Inspired by the likes of Shania Twain, Gretchen Wilson, Garth Brooks and Carrie Underwood, her music and writing is a reflection of those that came before her. Her live performances, at such places like the ACM-nominated Dusty Armadillo, attract audiences of all ages, but they keep coming back for her infectious personality. Armed with a Music Entertainment Degree from Belmont University and having been singing for crowds from the young age of 10 years old, Karissa is one of country music’s rising stars! In June 2018, she completed her first EP, having co-wrote two of the three songs. Her second EP, Blossom, came out Summer 2019 with songs like “VACAY” featured by Parade.com and “Me and Luke” by Medium and Taste of Country.
As she leans into the music she grew up on, Karissa has released multiple covers, including “Who I Am,” “Maybe It Was Memphis,” and “You Can’t Make Old Friends” ft. Johnny Gates, as part of The Acoustic Sessions, which featured Jenee Fleenor (2x CMA Musician of the Year & ACM Musician Of The Year) on fiddle, mandolin and background vocals. Leaning on her ‘90s country roots, Karissa’s new music, due out later this year, takes the young artist in a new, more authentic direction leaning into the past with a modern flare. For more information, visit karissaella.com.