“Wow, I want her in my team!” said one of the judges on the “The Voice Switzerland” TV show. That was the beginning of the fight for Ella Ronen – who got all 4 judges to turn around and ask her to be on their teams.
Ella Ronen, a 26 year-old singer, grew up in Tel Aviv and today she lives in Switzerland. When she auditioned for “The Voice,” her voice captured the whole place. It was so cool to see an Israeli singer representing us so beautifully and with so much talent. Right after this amazing audition I asked her a few questions about her music career.
When did you discover your love for music?
I’ve been singing since I can remember myself! I always sang at events and ceremonies as a child, and it lasted until now.
What style of music do you prefer?
I enjoy many types of music, from jazz and blues to hip hop and classical music. Mostly I relate to musicians who honor the lyrics. Artists such as Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Fiona Apple.
Where have you performed?
In the past I performed with the Tel Aviv “Bat Kol” choir at many concert halls in Israel and around the world. As a singer-songwriter I performed at “Tzavta” Club, “Bialik Coffee,” “Levontin 7″ and many other places in Switzerland.
Ella’s audition (video from srfthevoice on youtube.com)
Why did you try auditioning for “The Voice?”
I produced a video clip with some of my friends in Switzerland and the clip made its way to “The Voice” production. I got an email that invited me to audition, so I did.
What did it feel like to stand in front of the judges?
Singing in front of the judges was a great experience! I didn’t expect that all the judges will turn around and it was a wonderful surprise!
Why didn’t you come to “The Voice” Israel?
I didn’t come to “The Voice” Israel only because I’m living in Switzerland now.
Tell us a little bit about the differences between Tel Aviv, the busy city and the peaceful Switzerland?
The difference in moving from Tel Aviv to a small town is huge, but adding to that the cultural differences between Israel and Switzerland, made the move a long adjustment process that still continues today. Though this process make me develop and grow as a person.
Do you feel that you represent yourself and Israel?
First, I feel that I represent myself, but it is important for me to show the cultural side of Israel, which is usually hidden behind tons of political issues and bad news.
We heard you have a band. How did you meet the members of your band? Tell us about your work with them.
I do have a band here in Switzerland, and they are all Swiss. I hung ads at the Jazz school of Lausanne and that’s how I met my band members. The work with them is wonderful. They have a lot of respect for the music that I write and they are also very talented and devoted!
One of Ella’s videos (from ellaronen on youtube.com)
Will you publish your songs in Israel if you get famous? Will you sing in Hebrew?
Even during my tour in Switzerland I always sang a song or two in Hebrew, it is very important to me. When I will get my first album I will publish it in Israel. My target is to have a musical career in both countries simultaneously.
Ella Ronen is such a great performer and a beautiful person – whatever happens, I’m sure we will all hear more about her in the future!