Eleni Mandell’s New Album Is Partly Inspired by the Songwriting Class She Taught At Two Correctional Facilities

Eleni Mandell, Songwriter, Los Angeles, Calif. 11.4.18
Eleni Mandell, Songwriter, Los Angeles, Calif. 11.4.18

Los Angeles singer-songwriter Eleni Mandell will release a new album called Wake Up Again on June 7.

The album addresses Mandell’s efforts to juggle motherhood and the 9-to-5 existence with her life as an artist. Some of the songs were inspired by Mandell’s recent experience teaching songwriting at two women’s correctional facilities in southern California.

“My life as a musician and my life as a returning student and working mother were colliding,” Mandell tells American Songwriter. “I felt conflicted and sad about it. I thought about how much I wanted to keep that old part of me, the musician, alive and somehow make it work with the new part of me, a teacher and day-jobber. It was a tough transition. Simultaneously, I was listening to stories from these women [from the correctional facilities] who had left their lives behind as nurses, lawyers, teachers, housewives, and yes, in some cases, drug-dealers.”

Wake Up Again will be released by Yep Roc. It was produced by Sheldon Gomberg and recorded at his Silver Lake studio.

Listen to “Be Together” below.

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