Ellisa Hartman plays her first Campbell River venue this Friday at the Royal Coachman’s Carriage Room.

2011 Song of the Year nominee debuts in Campbell River

Ellisa Hartman is many things - musician, scuba diver, lover of life, friend, gardener, and dog owner

Ellisa Hartman is many things – musician, scuba diver, lover of life, friend, gardener, and dog owner.

This talented young singer/songwriter is leaping into a high-profile role in the Canadian independent music scene. Her incredibly honest presence, unique voicing and quirky instrumental timing shed new light on the folk/pop genre.

She will be performing at the Carriage Room at the Royal Coachman on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

This past spring, Hartman received a nomination for “Song of the Year” at the 2011 Vancouver Island Music Awards held in June. The award went home with internationally acclaimed, Irish Rovers, but the experience was inspiring and gave her more drive to push forward with her songwriting. She has recently released an EP titled, Making War, and is currently working in the studio on her new full length album.

Hartman traded her busy city life in Victoria for a peaceful and community oriented life here in Campbell River in September of 2010.  She teaches music two days a week at The Music Plant to support her budding career as a professional songwriter and performer.  While she had 22 shows around Vancouver Island this summer, this will be her first concert in Campbell River. Friday night’s All Ages concert is going to showcase her songwriting with the accompaniment of guitar, played by herself, piano, and flute. Fans of Sarah Mclachlan, Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot, and even Taylor Swift will easily succumb to her artistry and performance.  This is going to be a concert that the whole family will enjoy.

At 24, she has written a portfolio of significant songs that would be the envy of many established musicians. Her vocal prowess is enhanced by experience in a range of instruments with a unique form of finger-style acoustic guitar. Her ability to blend moments of unorthodox time signature into her songs make musical points that few can match.  Enjoy an evening of story telling and music as Hartman invites you into her life.

For more information, go to www.ellisahartman.com

Tickets for Friday’s performance are $15 advance or $20 at the door.  Ticket includes an appetizer courtesy of The Royal Coachamn. Tickets are available at The Sundance Java Shack, and The Music Plant.