HELPING THE BLIND OF UKRAINE

On the 16th April 2022, I was honored to participate in the Blind With You concert to raise funds for blind Ukrainian refugees. 

The event was organized by the National Federation of the Blind (USA) and Mushroom FM (New Zealand) in conjunction with the World Blind Union. 

Over one hundred artists participated from all over the world, including the USA, UK, Canada, France, Spain, Romania, Ireland, India, Singapore, Germany, South Africa, New Zealand, the Caribbean and many more!

To date, over one hundred thousand dollars has been raised for the World Blind Union Ukrainian Unity Fund.


Blind With You Benefit Concert – Soar by Elizabeth Elle


우크라이나의 맹인 돕기

2022년 4월 16일 시각장애인 우크라이나 난민을 위한 기금 마련을 위한 블라인드 위드 유 콘서트에 참가하게 되어 영광으로 생각합니다. 

이번 행사는 전미맹인연합(미국)과 머쉬룸FM(뉴질랜드)이 세계맹인연합과 함께 기획했다. 

미국, 영국, 캐나다, 프랑스, 스페인, 루마니아, 아일랜드, 인도, 싱가포르, 독일, 남아프리카, 뉴질랜드, 카리브해 등 전 세계에서 100명이 넘는 예술가들이 참가했습니다!

세계 맹인 연합 우크라이나 통일 기금을 위해 10만 달러 이상이 모금되었다.

MARCH 22 NEWS

 It is with great sadness that I need to inform you that my mom passed away.  She struggled throughout her life with cancer.  Cancer is how she lost her eye sight at the tender age of 2 years old. 

Mom was a brave and very generous woman who once told me that she wished that she had the means to adopt more children.  She was well loved and left a positive mark on everyone she met.  Pastor Walter summarized it well, when he said at her funeral that she always left one feeling better about oneself. 

She was, and will always remain, a remarkable person and an inspiration to me. 

I love you mom.  May you rest in peace.
 
Love
 
Elizabeth  


어머니가 돌아가셨다는 소식을 전하게 되어 매우 슬픕니다. 그녀는 평생 암에 걸렸다. 그녀의 암은 그녀가 두 살의 어린 나이에 시력을 잃은 방법입니다.

어머니는 용감하고 관대했습니다. 그녀는 한 번 더 많은 아이들을 입양하고 싶다고 말했습니다. 그녀는 많은 사랑을 받았습니다. 그녀는 사람들을 특별하게 느끼게 했습니다.

그녀는 항상 내 기억 속에 남을 것입니다.

사랑해요, 엄마.

잘 쉬다

사랑

엘리자베스

MAY NEWS

The work which we began in South Africa last month is starting to come through now with the release of one of the cover songs and the launch of a math program at Hope House.  We have also refreshed the website with a new image taken while on my trip.

Please be careful and stay safe.

Much love

Elizabeth


HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN? 

I have added the first of the cover songs I recorded with John in South Africa onto the website and YouTube.  I sing vocals with John on guitar.  You can watch it here Have You Ever Seen The Rain by Creedence Clearwater Revival  (on YouTube) or listen to it on the website.  A big thank you to the TIMCA Team for hosting me and creating the video.  

Please let me know what you think of it in the comments section.


HOPE HOUSE

While in South Africa I visited Hope House, which is home to abused and abandoned children. I’m pleased to let you know that the TIMCA TEAM have started a math education program with the children.  Eighteen children are participating in a program designed for children from Grade 3 to 7.  It will cost $30 per child, per year to run this program.  Please consider making a donation. 

I look forward to updating you on their progress in future newsletters.   


NEW KARAOKE SONG

Last week I added a new song to the karaoke list – “Creedence Clearwater Revival – Have You Ever Seen The Rain”

I hope that you enjoy it.

APRIL NEWS

This month I’m excited to tell you about my visit to South Africa. My trip included meeting with the children and facilitators at our TIMCA project in Harrismith, meetings with Thiboloha School for the deaf, blind and additional special needs, Hope House for abused and abandoned Children, The SA Library for the Blind, the Numeracy Chair Project at Rhodes University, recording songs in studio with my friend John Malan, organizing a list of cover songs with a pianist, video and photo shoots and sharing my testimony and singing on Easter Sunday. I also met and strategized with the TIMCA Team in Johannesburg.

It was an extremely busy and fulfilling time. I enjoyed my trip tremendously.

I look forward to sharing more about my visit over the coming weeks and months.

Much love

Elizabeth


I had a lovely time sharing my story and singing at the Horizon Methodist Church in Johannesburg. They invited me to their Easter Sunday service. Pastor Kim and the congregation gave me a warm welcome. It was a very special time of celebration. I look forward to visiting them again in the future.


SOUTH AFRICA IN STUDIO RECORDINGS

It was wonderful to record with my friend John Malan in his studio in South Africa. I recorded vocals for Soar and seven cover songs with John on guitar.  John is doing all the music and the production of the songs. Each song will be released as soon as John has finished producing them.

Keep an eye on this website and my YouTube channel in the coming months.


NEW KARAOKE SONG

This week I have added a new song to the karaoke list – “Great Is The Lord And Most Worthy of Praise.”

I hope that you enjoy it.

MARCH NEWS

This month, I was invited to participate in a workshop organized by the “Arts Professional Learning Institute” and “Young Audiences Arts for Learning NJ & Eastern PA,” entitled “Arts Equity for Disabled Students.”  

I ran a learning lab and sang.   I also shared my experiences of attending various mainstream schools. The participants were educators interested in developing their skills in inclusive education. I enjoyed the workshop and am very grateful to my supporters who make it possible for me to do this kind of work.

Please stay safe, wear a mask and don’t forget to social distance!

Much love

Elizabeth

SOUTH AFRICA – APRIL 2021

I have been invited to visit South Africa to tell my story and to sing. There are risks to traveling during the pandemic and I thought long and hard about accepting the invitation. 
 
The needs of vulnerable children throughout the world remain an issue close to my heart and I want to give them my support.  The pandemic has heightened their feelings of isolation and depression.  Fortunately, I am young and healthy, I have been vaccinated and infection rates are currently low in both New York and South Africa.  I will of course be wearing a mask and social distancing.  All of these factors played a role in my final decision.  
 
This will be my first visit to Africa. My trip includes meeting with the children and facilitators at our TIMCA project in Harrismith, meeting with organizations that assist abandoned children and visiting a number of churches to share my story and sing. It also provides me with the opportunity to meet and strategize with the TIMCA Team in Johannesburg.
 
I look forward to sharing all about my visit in my next Newsletter.


NEW SONG IN PRODUCTION

The good news is that my song, “Soar” is finally in production.  While in South Africa I will have the opportunity to record with my friend, John Malan.  Soar is about overcoming obstacles and making the most of your life.  

John collaborated with me on “Victorious” and recorded all of the instruments on “Remember Me.”  The visit gives me a chance to work with John on this project, as well as record additional vocal tracks of cover songs.

Keep an eye on my website and youtube channel for updates :).

JANUARY NEWS

A very happy new year to you and your family. 

I was invited to speak and sing at the Bethany United Methodist Church in New Jersey.  They are a lovely, warm congregation and it was a wonderful experience.  A special thanks to Pastor Lee and his lovely wife for coming to fetch me and for their gracious hospitality. 

Please stay safe, wear a mask and don’t forget to social distance!

Much love

Elizabeth


SOUTH KOREA 2022 ?

A few of my supporters have asked me to come and tour in South Korea.  I would love to do that as soon as this pandemic is under control.  Please let me know if you would like to be part of a planning team to make that happen, hopefully in 2022 or 2023.  


NEW KARAOKE COVER SONG

I have added a new cover of a song to the website. It’s a classic ballad recorded by the likes of Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson and Michael Bublé, called, “Always On My Mind”.  I hope that you enjoy it. 

Let me know if you have a song that you would like me to sing for you :-).   

DECEMBER NEWS

May this festive season be a time of love and laughter for you and your family.  It has been a busy time for me with the launch of two songs, performing at a Milal Fundraiser and an interview on NEWSM.  I have also entered two talent shows with iBUG and VIP World Services. 

I am so grateful to all my supporters.  Without you I could not do this wonderful work.  A special thank you to my donors. All your donations are appreciated.

Please stay safe, wear a mask and don’t forget to social distance!

Much love

Elizabeth

I’m so excited that I’ve finally been able to record my song, Remember Me.  I wrote this song fifteen years ago.  It’s about my journey of coming to terms with being abandoned by my birth mother.  Someone recently called it, a self-portrait in song.    

You can listen to it on Youtube here Remember Me 

I participated in the 16th Milal Thanksgiving Fundraising Night. It is always a great honor for me to help raise funds for Milal. I have been associated with them for many years and I love their work.  You can find my contribution to the evening on YouTube  16th Milal Thanksgiving Fundraising Night
  

“The story of the Ellen family is not over.”

NewsM Media recently published an interview with me.  It is in Korean, but for those of you who don’t speak Korean, in some browsers the English translation is understandable.  You can find it here NEWSM Article.

THANK YOU

I can only do this wonderful work, because of the help, generosity and support of people like you and my good friends at TIMCA. 

Please consider donating.  Small donations from as little as a $1 a month all add up.

A big thank you to all of you.

16th Annual Milal Thanksgiving Fundraising Night

November 28, 2020 | 7:30PM EST

A Virtual Event – Find the link to watch it here: https://milalnj.org/thanksgiving2020/


Its a privilege for me to be singing and speaking at the New Jersey Milal Thanksgiving Fundraising Night. Below are the details of the event from their website.

ABOUT THE MILAL ANNUAL THANKSGIVING FUNDRAISING EVENT

Our 16th Milal Thanksgiving Fundraising Night will bring together our community friends and partners to celebrate our progress throughout the year as well as to raise funds for the following year.  Due to the current climate and safety concerns of COVID-19, we will be continuing our annual thanksgiving celebration and fundraising event virtually. We need your prayers and we will be grateful if you could support us. We hope that you will experience the Lord’s grace more through sharing with your neighbor.


PRESENTING & SPECIAL GUESTS

53rd Wedding Anniversary

I sang the song “You Are My Home” as a tribute to two of the most gorgeous people that I know, my parents, who celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary in September.


Many thanks to the talented Jimmy Fontanez for learning, transposing, and recording a beautiful instrumental track for me in less than 24 hours and to James King for making the moving video collage.

The song is from the musical of “The Scarlet Pimpernel”. Of course, the story is different, but the lyrics are fitting. My parents opened their hearts and home to us, four children who were abandoned and had no home to call our own until they adopted us. I am infinitely grateful.

With love

Elizabeth Elle