At the end of 2021, Nellen released Standstill, an album recorded live to tape at The Bomb Shelter in East Nashville. Her soulful, rock leaning record has since been lauded by tastemakers and music publications like The Boot, CMT, NPR and Songpickr.
The pandemic has been a trying time for her and so many who saw their plans upended and interrupted. Nellen witnessed the closure of several small, local music venues and experienced show cancellations over and over again. This coupled with the grief of the pandemic weighed heavy on her. She turned to writing songs and learning the piano, to try and keep her idle schedule moving. She also started writing longer reflections and essays on her Substack here. These intermittent meditations and musical updates have become her preferred way of communicating, and she thinks if you're wondering when new music will come out, you should come along and subscribe.
As we all start to come back to some semblance of life, Nellen goes through her voice memos to find an album's worth of new songs. She is now in the early stages of planning and hopes to bring her newfound love of piano playing to the fold, as well as a handful of tunes that comforted her and will comfort others as we wake up to a different world than the one before.
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