With a tendency to write buoyant pop songs even about more serious subjects like breakups and personal loss, singer and songwriter Brynn Elliott made her recording debut with two self-released EPs in 2014. She traded their acoustic pop for slicker, more invigorated dance-pop when she re-emerged with more songs in 2017 while finishing a degree at Harvard.
A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Elliott started teaching herself to play her father's old guitar at the age of 15, then also took up the piano. A couple of years later, in 2012, she was inspired to write her first song following the death of a neighbor. Still in high school, she covered a Brooke Fraser song for a student talent show, and the positive reception encouraged her to pursue music as more than a hobby.
Elliott finished high school, then took a year off and headed to Portland, Oregon to write and record with producer Clif Magness, who invited her after a family friend passed him a few of her songs. Demonstrating a more acoustic-minded singer/songwriter pop, the resulting EPs Notions of Truth and Notions of Love were issued in April and May of 2014. Four months later, Elliott enrolled at Harvard University.
Elliott kept working on her music as a philosophy student, playing shows on her own and earning opening spots for artists such as O.A.R., Alanis Morissette, and Brandi Carlile in 2015. She continued to perform during breaks from school, and released her more fully produced debut single, "Might Not Like Me," in early 2017. The girl-power anthem led to an invitation to sing on the Dzeko single "California," which was met that June by over a million plays on streaming sites in its first week. She followed it with the social media-inspired "Psycho Stupid Crazy" later that same year, and opened a show for Lifehouse and Switchfoot at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
In May of 2018, the same month she graduated from Harvard, Elliott released the single "Time of Our Lives," her debut for Nashville's Big Yellow Dog Music and Atlantic Records. It was the labels' first joint release. ~ Marcy Donelson