I am a writer/singer/poet/lyricist from New York but I am currently residing in Florida (after spending 2.5 years between Viet Nam, Thailand, and Indonesia) working on my first EP together with three producers, variously from Viet Nam, N.Y. and Florida but executively produced by Josh Cobb at Rockbot Studios, Jacksonville, FL.
I have been rapping for 12 years and singing for four, including classical operatic training as a “baritenor”, although my voice is classified as being between a Dramatic and Verdi Baritone with an exceptional range. In contemporary terms, I possesses a powerful, steely, slightly raspy voice best suited to R&B and soul, and have received favorable comparisons to Luther Vandross.
I am always interested in a collaboration, but please be aware that I will be unable to perform in that capacity unless I am between projects; I am currently working on the full-length "The Will of Legends" but all contact is welcome regarding more work.
Reviews of Elia's music include:
"New York rapper (currently residing in Florida) Elia impressed me recently, and it’s always nice when you are sent a track by an independent artist that you would actually play in your spare time. Elia’s delivery is unique, and it works in his favor. For anyone unacquainted, I would compare it to a fusion of Ghostface Killah, DMX and Tech N9ne’s delivery styles – once again, very impressive. As is the case with today’s industry, it will be up to Elia and his team how far this project goes, but it definitely has great potential, and I have no negative or constructive critique of the music to add. My recommended listen is “Let Me Out”, which has an infectiously catchy yet heavy chorus. It will be interesting to see what he brings to the hip hop world.
Elia’s flow is both spirited and skilled, and the promotional release “The Demolition” is available for free download on his Facebook page. As far as music marketing goes, it appears he is gaining popularity quickly and using his Facebook page the way it should be – fan updates, free content and community involvement." - James Moore, IndependentMusicPromotions.com
"Unique ... an interesting dialect, and low raspy voice is a huge plus, and stands out in a genre of seemalikes." - Larry Elyea, MindsEyeDigital.net
"... an Urban/Pop/Rock appeal with your music ... You have a great vocabulary and you use it. ... My only detraction is that a lot of people may not understand what you are referring to at times and may not be familiar with your metaphor’s and references that you allude to ... If you are a conscious rapper, which is what I believe you are, then you are fine, because your audience/fans will already know what you are talking about and relate to the song or they will research and find out what your metaphor’s and references mean.
I do not believe in dumbing down music. I believe in music uplifting people’s minds and spirits." - B. Brown, Bar-Red Entertainment Group