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Tabitha Elkins

Singer-Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tabitha Elkins grew up in the hard streets of Trenton, New Jersey. Despite her harsh surroundings, she developed an interest in many types of music, teaching herself drums, guitar and keyboards. After running away to New York City as a teenager, she was involved in New York's indie rock scene, and drumming in a punk band, living in a squat on the Lower East Side and writing and performing her own music on the side.

After taking some music courses at a local Community College, she won a coveted scholarship to study Classical Composition at New York University (with Ruth Schontal); after one year, she left NYU and later transferred to the College of Staten Island.

While at CSI, Tabitha studied jazz with Michael Morreale and performing her original compositions with the CSI Jazz Ensemble, and with a smaller group at student performances. Tabitha also became assistant News Director of WSIA, Staten Island's independent college radio station, hosting her own weekly radio show.

After finishing her studies, Tabitha moved back to Manhattan, where she became a fixture at jam sessions all over town, and started gigging with her newly-formed Quartet in various venues in the New York region, including Cleopatra's Needle, Downtime and Tagine. During this time, she became actively involved in the Worldwide Jazz Conspiracy's "NYCJazz" newsletter, contributing articles, reviews and her own column. In the Summer of 2002, Tabitha wrapped up her debut CD, "Snowing in July". The CD features classic standards such as "Mood Indigo" and "Lover Man", as well as originals.

Living in New York during the aftermath of 9/11 convinced Tabitha it was time to move on. After moving to Germany in the Summer of 2003, Tabitha was involved in various projects including jazz, gospel, modern classical music and rock. Starting in 2015, she began recording music which combined these influences, produced by rapper/producer Qing Picasso.

Released in 2016, "Upside Down World" brought together various aspects of Tabitha's style. Rock, blues, soul, classical and jazz meet in a retro future where all are one, including new version of viral Youtube hit, "Candyland".

The album featured ten new original songs ranging from upbeat pop to gritty, wistful or trippy sounds, including new version of viral Youtube hit, "Candyland". Tabitha played most instruments herself, but also recruited musicians hired from the trendy website "Fiverr.com" for ukelele, guitar solos and drums. The self-penned songs are a quirky blend of various serious and not so serious themes, including "Captain Kirk" which she sang on Germany's casting show, "Deutschland Sucht Den Superstar", 60's influenced songs such as the "Daisy Chain" and "I've Got Your Name Written On My Hand" and blues-driven soul such as "Edge of Nowhere" and "Gallows Pole Blues".

Now, after three years, the self-produced follow-up CD features soul sounds such as "Over You", punk-infused "Chessmen", hard-driven "Bring on the Night" and trippy 60's inspired "Why/Botany of Love" and "Prayer for our Planet". Her range of styles, grooves and emotions is expansive, and themes of love and heartbreak, death, loneliness and hope emphasize the title, "Love and Death". In addition to her own solo guitar, piano, bass and drums, guitarist Andreas Herden supplies blues-infused guitar solos, and Michael Mahla adds spooky-sounding violin.

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