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Elle Winter Destigmatizes Asking For Support In New Single ‘Help’

Elle Winter had the privilege (and challenge) of working in the music industry after Radio Disney discovered her at age 14. I still carry it with me today,” she says. “Having so much responsibility at a young age and meeting and working with so many different people has taught me values ​​that I am very grateful for. Moreover, by combining my school work and a career, I learned early on how important it is to prioritize my life. It was great to perform in cities all over the country and get to know so many different types of people. I loved being part of the Disney family; the people there were so supportive of me and my journey, and until the last few years when Radio Disney closed, they were great champions of my music. Working with them and the whole team was truly a dream.” As she matures, so does her view and understanding of the power of her music. “I have always loved music since I was very young and I have been writing, recording and performing songs since I was about nine years old. At the beginning of my music journey, I wrote and sang about many different aspects of life without really understanding how sharing my stories could affect others. Growing up, I saw firsthand how my music has the ability to connect me with others and let others know that they are not alone in what they are experiencing. The fact that my music can touch so many people and the realization that it can bring me comfort has made making this journey so much more rewarding for me.” Her time on tour with Chloe x Halle is a fond memory. “Chloe x Halle are not only incredibly talented, but also so hardworking and focused. They were always so friendly and we all loved spending time with our families. Touring with them on behalf of Radio Disney’s Next Big Thing program really showed me how music can be such a force for connection. That’s why we all shared such special moments with our fans.”

Covid brought Elle disappointment, but also a newfound gratitude and dedication to her art. “The pandemic has changed my outlook on life by realizing that nothing should be taken for granted and that it is important to live life to the fullest. Not being able to tour for my EP which was released in March 2020 I felt so grateful for all the great live performance experiences over the years. After the pandemic, I decided to redefine my career by being more open-minded and saying yes to more opportunities. Once I was vaccinated, I moved back to Los Angeles and started working on a new music project. Spending so much time alone during the pandemic made me think about my life and I was ready to share those reflections in what is my most honest and authentic work to date.” Her latest single ‘Help’ is the lament of an anxious perfectionist who doesn’t know how to ask for it. “’Help’ is the first single I release from my new EP! Growing up in the music industry, I have always internalized the expectations of others and pressured myself to be perfect. I never thought I could admit that I wasn’t always quite “together.” ‘Help’ describes how I neglected my feelings, wants and needs because of this pressure and how I didn’t want to burden my family and friends with how I really felt. This song definitely marked a turning point for me. After spending a lot of time alone and thinking about my life during the pandemic, I realized that I deserve to take care of myself and that I can ask for support when I need it. I wrote this song with Grammy-winning producer Kizzo (“We Are”) and Grammy-winning songwriter Autumn Rowe (“We Are”), who developed and produced my new music project with me. They both encouraged me to be true to myself and express my feelings through my music. In turn, I’d say ‘Help’ is one of my most meaningful tracks from my new EP.”

Perhaps the most valuable lesson Elle has learned is that emotions are not the enemy. “I had always been a shoulder to lean on for everyone else in my life, but never felt comfortable being on guard and asking for the same kind of support. As a young child I was praised for my discipline and focus in school and in my career. Because of this, I always wanted to look perfect, so I learned to suppress my feelings and pretend I didn’t need anything from anyone emotionally. I now realize that I can still have a career in the music industry and can enjoy relationships with family and friends without being so self-critical.” Entering a new personal and professional era motivated her to seek a cure.”After the pandemic, I moved to LA, started a new relationship and started working on my music project with Kizzo and Autumn. I saw this as a whole new chapter in my life and realized I had a choice I could continue living my life by taking care of everyone else or prioritizing taking care of myself I chose the latter and realized that asking for help is not a weakness, it is a power and a superpower.” She hopes the song will calm those who are hesitant to share their problems. “I want this song to resonate with listeners who are struggling to find support. I want them to know they are worth it and deserve help in everything they do.” I think now more than ever we could all use a support system to lean on.” Elle knows that being vulnerable can change your world for the better.” It is important to understand that there is strength in vulnerability, because being true to yourself and not being afraid to live honestly leads to a more fulfilling life. and family also creates closer relationships with the people in your life. I found that living with vulnerability made me a happier person and gave me the freedom to finally be in control of my own life.” It all starts with being brave enough to ask for help.

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Elle Winter destigmatizes asking for support in new single ‘Help’. Photo credit: Dae Howerton.

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