Vocalist, songwriter, performer and multi-instrumentalist Eleanor Tallie has been captivated by the groove of American music since her childhood in Israel. Classically trained on the cello and raised in a household of musicians, Eleanor began writing original lyrics and music when she was 12 years old and studied classical music for 15 years. After completing her studies, she traveled throughout Israel performing original songs in Hebrew.
In 2011 Eleanor joined a blues band and travelled with the band internationally as the lead vocalist and songwriter. She toured the Netherlands twice, performing in 13 different cities before she moved to the United States in 2013. Making Memphis her home, Eleanor toured extensively and performed 180 shows in over 30 states in the US within the time span of a year and a half. In the spring of 2015, Eleanor began working on her own sound, which she defines as Neo-Funk: a mixture of funk, neo-soul, R&B, jam, jazz and hip-hop elements. With the combination of an optimistic perspective and her love of funk and groove, Eleanor found herself absorbed in the stylings of influential neo-soul and R&B artists.
For her debut recording, Eleanor assembled a team of carefully-selected musicians, including 2016 Grammy-winning engineer and producer, Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell and his son, Uriah Mitchell. A first time collaboration between the father and son, Uriah lends his talents on the EP with a number of rousing hip-hop contributions.
An album designed to elevate the mind and uplift the soul, No Turning Back perfectly captures Eleanor Tallie’s jaw-dropping vocals and powerful songwriting. While the record certainly falls into the definition of Neo-Funk, it is hard to overlook the variety of genres and subgenres which emerge when drifting from track to track. Throughout the recording process, No Turning Back became a symbol of mindfulness as it developed into something much more than a simple studio recording. Each track on this EP embarks on a different journey through the heart of human emotion.
Eleanor elegantly bridges the gap between her past and her future on No Turning Back. The story told behind these songs is one of relationship challenges (“I Tried”); an inner calling for change of perspective (“Hell or Heaven”); A long-awaited love finally found (“Sunlight”); an understanding and celebration of the present (“My Present”); optimistic observations to live by, which include a hypnotic prayer in Hebrew, accompanied by a strumming sitar (“Gotta Be Happy); and a sassy song that gives listeners a little kick, explaining what a real man really is all about (“A Real Man”). This EP will make you want to shake it. It captures a sound that is both timeless and new, and on a deeper level, has a message that is worth hearing over and over again. Life is a present, so celebrate it.