While listening to teenagers talk about their experiences with abuse at a youth centre where Ell helped launch a music programme, the Canadian-born singer and guitarist heard a 12-year-old girl explain how her parents had sold her into trafficking.
“All I want to do is reach out and tell her it’s going to be OK because when I was 13 years old, I would have done anything for someone to hold my hand and tell me that it was going to be OK,” said Ell, now 31.
Ell realised she also had a story to share about her journey through grief and trauma, and she eventually wrote enough to fill a full album. It’s called “heart theory” and it will be released on Friday.
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August 13, 2020