On a snowy Wisconsin night, Elle King played to a sold out crowd at The Majestic in downtown Madison in support of her critically-acclaimed debut album Love Stuff. She’s hot as can be right now, since her hit single “Ex’s & Oh’s” has been certified platinum, and she’s riding the wave, getting to perform it on the Dancing With The Stars finale.
An adorable combination of Drew Barrymore and KoKo Taylor, Elle wore flowers in her hair, cursed like a sailor and flirted with the guys in the crowd, sometimes all in the same breath. She comes across like she’s having fun while staying a genuine person, someone quirky and with a (maybe) messy love life.
She sings about a crazy relationship in “Under the Influence,” and offers a playful warning to future boyfriends in “I Told You I Was Mean.” King plays the banjo on the haunting “Kocaine Karolina,” and her bluegrass influences really shine through. During her intro to the Beatles song, “Oh! Darling,” the singer said, ”You know how sometimes you hear a band covering a song, and they change it up a lot? Well for this song I want to sing it exactly like the original!” She then proceeded to belt out a soulful version that would have made McCartney proud.
Mostly raised by her mother and step-father in Ohio, the singer decided to change her last name when she turned 18. Her father is actor-comedian Rob Schneider, and she had a small role in his 1999 comedy, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo.
Everyone in the Majestic sang along with Elle for “America’s Sweetheart,” showcasing the rustic pop-song. This is one of album’s best songs, and the crowd let her know how much they loved it. Keep an eye on her, because Elle King is a talented up and coming artist that will undoubtedly appeal to all ages.
– Laura Sedor
Photos By Laura Sedor