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“Creating your own music and running a label, what more could Ven have under her belt? Oh you know, her annual “Give Into The Groove” benefit – a live music event, as well as The Virtual Quilt, which helps raise funds for kids’ schools. She’s very proud of it and says, “I am hoping that 2016 really gets us on the map. I love this idea because it empowers children to use their talent to support something other than themselves. The leaderboards and map are fun new components that create lessons for the teachers and connect the child’s effort to something tangible!””

“This musician has been nominated as the artist of the year a couple of times and she has also won video of the year award for "Under My Skin" in 2006. Her achievements are not limited to this; she has been listed winner of Electro Pop Artist of the year in L.A. In 2007, Music Connection in 2008, Nominated for artist of their in 2009 by South Bay Music Awards.”

“Groovetronics: That’s how electronic/dance act ellee ven personifies her musical signature: a fusion of rock, pop, rap and electronica. Somehow, the mesh of seemingly disparate elements unifies for an upbeat ethereal grab bag of tribal beats and treats, accompanied by ven’s dreamy, girlish vocals, which lie somewhere between Stacey Q and Everything But the Girl’s Tracey Thorn.”

“The former Los Angeles Music Awards winner’s music is an exciting, cutting edge blend of electro-pop, hip-hop, and rap that can be heard to fine effect on her body of work including CDs Dangerous Diversions and most recently, Her Wildcat Lovin’ Majesty. Ellee Ven divides her time and music recordings between residences on the East and West coast, working with a posse’ of talented musicians including rapper Prodeje, DJ Swamp, and Anthony Lee. Ellee Ven also operates a music/pop culture website, Groovetonics (whose mantra is “Groovetonics – Enhance Your Senses”), home to both English Dance-Pop duo Goldfrapp as well as Ellee Ven herself.”

“The sort of intoxicating pop groove that has made Madonna the queen of pop and other such darlings as Kylie Minogue, Gwen Stefani and Fergie stars doesn't come Rockwired's way too often. Since 2006, ellee ven has mined dance club gems from that very same groove but Ven manages to add a few exotic flourishes and instrumentation in the mix. The result is a melange of sound that she calls GROOVETONICS and it has served as the foundation for an intriguing series of albums punctuated by irresistible grooves and quirk. Now ellee ven is on the verge of releasing a brand new as yet untitled cd where some of the electronic sounds that accentuated some of her previous output has been replaced with live instrumentation without diminishing the groove that makes ellee ven's sound signature.”

Brian Lush - Rockwired Magazine

"The beautiful Ellee Ven, hailing from Lexington, Kentucky, is a gifted singer..."Signals" is Indies-'80s-meets Brittney Spears, a throwback from the heydays of freestyle dance music legend, Debbie Deb, and the best track on the album. Please don't take my word on this - check out the CD for yourself music lovers."

“RipLounge.com has created the “Rock at RipLounge – VIP Playlist 2009,” Rounding out the winner’s circle is ellee ven, the Techno/Electronica winner. Self-described as groovetronics, ellee ven fuses rap, pop, & electronica to make music that gets you moving & keeps you wanting more.”


“Seventh full-length CD “Her Wildcat Lovin Majesty”— featuring accompaniment from Antony Lee on guitars is vast in its stylistic presentation, from the trippy, trance-inspired “Under My Skin” and dark, Depeche Mode-conjuring “Signals” to blippy ‘80’s-reminiscent “What Am I Running From,” rock/rap jam “Next To You” (featuring a rap from Prodéje) and stripped-down acid flashback “Wonder Where These Roads Will Lead.” Who needs chemical enhancement? Ellee Ven’s “Majesty” is one fervent elixir.”

“Wonder Where These Roads Will Lead Remix” is a fine example of what Ven and a small back-up band can do as they create a piece that has a touch of old school acid to it. Ven, who has also developed an animated series based on her personal experiences, has managed to largely avoid commercial pressures, is rewarded your randy reviewer’s “Critic’s Choice” for “Touched”. This is an intimate hip-hop/electronica duet with Prodéje that just plain works and could no doubt be remixed into a great slow dance number to boot . . . providing Ven’s fans still slow dance, of course. The closing cut is “Lovin’ Me (Bye Bye)”. Yet another cut that effectively teams up Ven and Prodéje, this is somehow both classic “old school” and yet refreshingly new. Her Wildcat Lovin’ Majesty is catchy and current. If Ellee Ven keeps producing music such as this music fans might soon find themselves confessing: “she’s gotten ‘Under My Skin’ . . . in a good way!”

“The best thing about Ellee Ven's 'groovetonic' sound is its combination of compulsive beats and Ven's voice which is soft, and deceptively gentle… Ven manages to convey a gamut of emotions ranging from fear through to a steely-eyed determination, without raising her voice.”

Clovis Monkey - 3 Monkeys Online

“Such is the sweet, subliminal effect of ellee ven’s music. Surrounded by industrial and alternative, it’s been awhile since I’ve heard and paid attention to the kind of rich, luxurious melody and lyric that ellee ven provides.”

Contour Magazine

“ellee ven has just release a new CD, DANGEROUS DIVERSION. "ellee ven airs her own melodious, airy vocals with Prode'je's down-and-dirty, rapid-fire rappin', for a blend that's bold in its insistence on making those two divergent threads come together and play nice"”

“GIVE INTO THE GROOVE drives my mission as much as, if not more than my music,” confesses Hot Sauce Records founder ellee ven. Now in its tenth year, GIVE INTO THE GROOVE focuses on the message that “no gift is too big or too small.” “Musical inspiration ebbs and flows and like most artists, I tend to really feel highs and lows, but my hope is that what I’ll represent as a person is that EVERYONE has the ability to help others and that giving is a great healer. The giver gets too. So start small go big, it all counts.”

“We are so fortunate to have ellee ven raising awareness about and supporting non-profit organizations through Give into the Groove. With limited budgets, it is very difficult for non-profits to get their message out to the community. Give into the Groove does a great job bringing an audience to us and encouraging them to support good works in their community! Living Arts & Science Center really appreciates ellee ven’s energy and initiative that makes such a difference for all of us!---Heather Lyons”

“Bringing the groove of giving back to the community of Lexington is what Ven plans to accomplish. “It will be a fun night filled with good vibrations,” Ven said. Ven said this event isn’t about feeling obligated to donate a lot of money to one charity, but it’s based on the idea that someone of any age can make a positive impact on his or her community. Ven believes “everyone can do something” and choose what charity he or she wants to support. All proceeds collected Friday will benefit those charities that are participating in “Give into the Groove.” “What a great way to raise money for the nonprofits of Lexington,” said Melissa Patrick, a community communications and leadership development junior. “According to the interview I heard, this event is set up in a way to allows students and families the ability to donate to the charity of their choice, in an amount of their choice, while having fun at the same time.”

“Few annual benefits have maintained the level of local visibility, accessibility, and outreach as Los Angeles/Lexington song stylist ellee ven’s Give Into The Groove.” – Lexington Herald-Leader”

“When she was conducting business in her "other" home — Los Angeles — Ellee Ven began searching for a way for her favorite music to ignite a fun night of artistic philanthropy. And so Give Into the Groove was born. The idea was, in essence, a benefit without strings. No admission was to be charged. Instead, selected organizations would send representatives, distribute information about their community work, gain a few friends and volunteers, and perhaps raise some money. The backbone of the event, though, was music — an entire evening's worth. "Producing something like this is a lot easier than it seems," said Ven, a Los Angeles native who works most of the year on the West Coast, developing her recording and performance career while maintaining a home in Lexington. "After all, people want to do good for their community. That's always the promise. People enjoy being purposeful."”

Walter Tunis - Lexington Herald

“Give Into The Groove is a powerful way to bring people together to have fun and support the work of nonprofits in our community. Chrysalis House is proud to be a part of this wonderful event!” – Lisa Minton, Executive Director, Chrysalis House”

“Town Branch Trail was very happy to be included in the 2013 Give into the Groove evening at Buster’s. It was a great way to make new friends and spread our message with a creative and receptive audience. We hope that this type of community-building event will continue. It is a great way to strengthen the creative and nonprofit environment in Central Kentucky.” – Van Meter Pettit ”

“The Lexington Humane Society always enjoys being a part of the Give Into The Groove event. It was wonderful to see so many concerned individuals in the community come out to make a difference in the lives of so many by supporting non-profits in the area. This event is one of our favorites and Ellee has done a fabulous job.” – Ashley Holder,Development Coordinator, Lexington Humane Society ”

“The designer fashion show was awesome! Loved it being early in the evening! Thanks for an entertaining event!” – Janie Olmstead/Owner, Images Model and Talent Agency ”