A groove that swings from reggae pop/rock and ska to bossa nova, and you’ve got the recipe for a truly international artist: Eli. His music is sincere and heartfelt and as an artist Eli bridges the international gap, bringing world music to the pop market.
Eli’s music doesn’t fit into a tidy description because his songs have grown from real experiences colored by real people. Human encounters are often unpredictable, sometimes funny and sometimes sobering, but almost always revealing. Eli’s songs are reflective of these truths. His music comes from a place of honesty: Eli sings what he sees and he sings what he feels. As someone who has travelled the world and who has had the opportunity to experience life through a variety of cultural viewpoints, his musical expression is just as much universal as it is diverse.
Lyrics are subtly political, using relationships between people as a way to address deeper issues in the world. The sound is smooth with an edge, noteworthy for its clean electric guitars, its twist of world rhythms and Eli’s clear and confident voice. It’s a sound that translates well to a live set. Eli has performed in Europe and the Middle East, though most listeners here in Canada will be more familiar with the stage at Tattoo Rock Parlour in Toronto, where he performed live as a preview to his upcoming album. “I feel alive and right at home on stage,” says Eli, “It’s a rush feeling the energy of the band around me while I’m singing to a great crowd.”