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Similar Artists: Jesca Hoop, Cat Power, Feist

Ollella’s career as a musician started early when she sang before she could talk. Trained as a classical cellist since the age of nine, the Seattle indie-folk musician merges her technical background with authoritative vocals, live-looping, and improvisation. Described as “really outstanding” by NPR Music’s Bob Boilen and “so tastefully done” by Michelle Zauner (AKA Japanese Breakfast), Ollella blends the acoustic with the contemporary, folk with pop, and tenacity with softness, pulling on influences such as Feist, Cat Power, and Jesca Hoop. Her playing has been featured in films screened at Film Festivals such as Sundance and Aspen Film Fest, on recordings with others, including Grammy-winning artist Peter Kater, and has shared the stage with popular Americana acts such as the Shook Twins and Rising Appalachia. She finds herself drawn to music because it unlocks a particularly organic flavor of humanity – one that fits the type of world she believes in.

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“Head in the Clouds” Single
Release Date: February 21, 2023

Seattle indie folk musician, Ollella, releases the single “Head in the Clouds” on February 21. The first single off her debut album, “Back Back Back,” reflects the album’s theme of trusting your gut despite messaging that may direct you otherwise. The song serves as a call to action for others to do the same. “Back Back Back” is due out on April 7. 

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Ollella’s career as a musician started early when she sang before she could talk. She has since created a life as a multidisciplinary artist as an indie-folk cellist, vocalist, songwriter, and graphic designer.

Ollella is the solo moniker for Ellie Barber, who trained as a classical cellist since the age of nine and now merges her technical background with authoritative vocals, live-looping, and improvisation. Described as “really outstanding” by NPR Music’s Bob Boilen and “so tastefully done” by Michelle Zauner (AKA Japanese Breakfast), Ollella blends the acoustic with the contemporary, folk with pop, and tenacity with softness, and pulls on influences such as Feist, Cat Power, and Jesca Hoop. Her playing has been featured in films screened at Film Festivals such as Sundance and Aspen Film Fest, on recordings with others, including Grammy-winning artist Peter Kater, and has shared the stage with popular Americana acts such as the Shook Twins and Rising Appalachia.

As the daughter of two parents who exercised both their right and left brains, Barber has always felt a push-and-pull in her life between art and science. Before committing to full-time artistry in 2020, she split her time between performing as a musician and serving as the Creative Director at an international climate research institute. Her pivot towards music resulted from much introspection around how she could best contribute to the world, given the severity of climate change. Her work in climate science has been supported by organizations such as NASA, the Aspen Global Change Institute, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has been featured in publications such as Resources Magazine, Yale Climate Connections, and the Pulitzer Center.

Barber finds herself drawn to music because it unlocks a particularly organic flavor of humanity – one that fits the type of world she believes in. Her work is ever-morphing, like herself.

“Really outstanding”

Bob Boilen, NPR Music

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