Growing up Elie’s early influences came from his Haitian-born father, who shared an awareness of the poverty, lack of opportunity and educational challenges in his homeland. That awareness soon found its voice when Elie’s mother, bought him his first guitar.
As a roadie for a local band, a new world opened up and Elie’s talent landed him a berth with a touring band The Source, a ‘British Invasion’ cover band. Rendered from the same emotional intensity and landscape as Jimi Hendrix, Roger Waters, Neil Young and Steve Earle, Elie’s albums, Deepest Shade of Blue (2008) and his new album Bridging Borders (2016) explore those issues closest to his heart: poverty, economic disparities, war, peace and homelessness.
Noted for his passionate performances and edgy vocal style, Elie’s music is writerly, invigorating and, perhaps most important of all, utterly compelling whilst challenging the listener with its message.