Weather seems to have played a rather pivotal role in bringing Winnipeg singer-songwriter Elessar Thiessen to music. Growing up in the heart of Canada, the harsh climate forced the young Thiessen to stay indoors and, as a result, he was naturally drawn to the therapeutic powers of music. He bought his first guitar at the age of eight, and hasn’t looked back since.
Thiessen’s latest full-length release A Rainy Week In Paradise showcases everything that makes this bluesy, soulful, surf-scruffy troubadour an exciting prospect in the world of alternative folk-rock. Part John Mayer, part Jason Mraz, he writes about longing, angst and agony, his lyrics poetic and melancholy, yet always, in the end, uplifting. In short, he’s the kind of guy you wouldn’t be surprised to find sitting under a tree on a sunny day, straw hat cocked, strumming a guitar with an almost-finished glass of whiskey by his side.
Thiessen’s musical pedigree is undeniable. He has honed his craft working full-time as a producer - collaborating with a growing list of local artists - and it’s clear that his own records benefit from this experience. Recently chosen for an Artist Showcase Concert at the reputable Winnipeg Folk Festival, Thiessen is now poised to bring his music to a wider audience. You can stream A Rainy Week In Paradise at the link below.
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