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Singer-Songwriter Ellisa Sun Releases Powerful New Single "Masterpiece"

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(Nashville, TN. – January 16, 2024) – Singer/Songwriter Ellisa Sun is excited to share her powerful new single, “Masterpiece.” Sun notes this song as her favorite track on her forthcoming album. It is captivating – more intimate and stripped down than the other songs from her highly- anticipated collection. Highlighting her flawless vocals, piano, and strings, “Masterpiece” is already garnering attention from industry professionals and fans alike. It has been added into rotation at Radio SoBro and will be their spotlight feature today at 1:10 and 6:10 PM CST. Listen HERE.


“Masterpiece,” was co-written with Emily Ronna and was co-produced by Connor Gehlert. The song, reflecting Sun’s resilience and vulnerability, shares a universal message. It comes from a highly personal place and was crafted from raw emotion and real-life experience as a means to heal and inspire others. The lyrics serve as a reminder to listeners that you are enough and to not beat yourself up. “As someone who struggles with depression, anxiety, and imposter syndrome, ‘Masterpiece’ was the perfect way to get all my thoughts out on paper without overthinking it. I tend to get in my own way when it comes to songwriting and creativity in general, and I know so many fellow artists, and people everywhere, wrestle with the same thing,” Sun reflects. “I wrote ‘Masterpiece’ during the 2020 lockdown. I had just finished a 3-day song retreat and was on a high from all the skills I learned and wanted to write as much as possible. I was lucky to have free time, and my health, so I spent a lot of time writing songs in those first few months of the COVID-19 lockdown.”


The production of “Masterpiece” is simple yet poignant. It conveys Sun’s strength and features her angelic, textured, and uniquely transparent vocals… every word counts. This song perfectly blends Sun’s musical influences of R&B, soul, jazz, and the relaxed sound of bossa nova. “I don’t usually write songs on piano, but technically piano was my first instrument because I took lessons as a kid. I started looping 3 simple chords, and out came the melody for ‘Masterpiece!'” Sun adds, “I wanted to keep the instrumentation for this song simple since it’s a ballad. I took a mentoring class with Soundfly in late 2020 with the artist SIRMA, learning how to get better at Logic and build demos from scratch. I came up with a few string parts using Logic, then used those parts in the final production with my co-producer, Connor Gehlert!’ My hope is that this song speaks to all those who share the same struggles and ultimately helps in the healing process as it did for me.”


“So what’ll it be, sink or swim all or nothing 
Counting your flaws at three AM
I think you should leave, leave it ain’t doing you good 
You’re precious enough where you stand


Candles can’t burn at both ends 
It’ll be fine, it’ll be fine if you don’t make the cut 


You don’t have to make, make me a masterpiece 
Who cares anyway, it’s okay it’s okay to be 
On top of the game, next day you might go insane 
You don’t have to make, make me a masterpiece


So how do you cope, when you know it’s all a lie 
Filter and copy and paste 
You’ve got the map, the only way out is inside 
Cut yourself, cut yourself a break


Repeat Chorus


Candles can’t burn at both ends 
It’ll be fine, it’ll be fine
 you don’t have to win ’em all


Repeat Chorus


Sun is looking forward to the release of her new album Sarabi, named after the cat she adopted in 2021 when she was going through a tough breakup and living alone. The project is slated to release on February 2nd. She will also be hosting an album release party on February 3rd at City Winery Lounge in Nashville. You can learn more about the event and purchase tickets HERE.


To keep up with the latest news on Ellisa Sun including new music and tour dates, visit her WebsiteFacebookInstagram, Spotify, TikTokTwitterand YouTube.

Photograph Credit: Robert Ngyuen



Ellisa Sun cuts her heart out and leaves it on the stage, which is why she never wears white.


When asked to describe her music, Sun comments, “Mix Norah Jones and Sara Bareilles, with a dash of Mazzy Star! It’s a combo of jazz, pop, soul, and rock.”


Originally from Long Beach, California (near Los Angeles), Sun was raised with a love and passion of music stemming from her mother who was always playing music in the kitchen – R&B/Soul, folk, and bossa nova. Sun always dreamed of a career in music but was afraid to pursue it, fearing criticism and rejection. It wasn’t until age 24, upon graduating from college and moving to San Francisco from Los Angeles, that she began attending open mic nights where she would watch, and later began experimenting with songwriting. She recognized that she had the skills and ability to write songs, in her younger years starting by journaling and writing poems, but being shy, she didn’t entertain the idea of writing songs and performing until she was in her early twenties.


The biggest catalyst pushing Sun out of her comfort zone to follow her musical dreams was her sister, a comedian and sketch comedy writer, who recognized her sister’s talent and potential and encouraged her to write music and sing. She eventually got her start writing songs as comedy and parody songs.


Sun decided to hit the road in 2018 and embarked on her nationwide Dreamboat tour, playing 170 shows in 365 days while living in a 30-foot Winnebago. After the tour, Sun relocated to Nashville, Tennessee. 


Sun’s music, a unique blend of intertwined genres she was raised on, creates a textured sound alongside her raw, heartfelt lyricism. Sun’s music can be heard worldwide – on the Sony Pictures television show L.A.’s Finest, starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba and the Hulu show Dollface starring Kat Dennings and Brenda Song. Her song “Evening” was recently featured in the show Kung Fu on the CW. 


Here is what people are saying about Ellisa Sun and her music…


“Ellisa Sun’s music is a tapestry woven from many genres, from neo-soul and bossa nova to folk and R&B. Drawing inspiration from artists like Amy Winehouse, Sam Cooke, and Lauryn Hill, Ellisa brings old-time soul to her worldly sound.” – Bear Music Fest


“Ellisa Sun is a force of nature” – Lauren Riley, KFOG


“This Sun is a star too! Ellisa Sun’s new release shines bright and is sure to be an instant favorite. Each week on the Songwriter Connection Podcast, I tell new artists to find their own voice and define their own genre. Elissa has done just that! I look forward to hearing more from this remarkably talented young lady!” – Dave Lenahan, Songwriter Connection Podcast


“Channeling major Amy Winehouse vibes, SF artist Ellisa Sun has created an acoustic, neo-soul song that’s as near to perfect as any song could be” – SF Weekly


“Ellisa’s new single is a breath of fresh air. She is super-powerful in her vocals and just what the industry needs. A true talent!” – Brandon Morrell, The Backstage Pass Powered By The Sports Guys Podcast


“…dynamic vocals…filled with a power that grows by the second” – Lisa Milman, The Deli SF


Sun recently launched a wildly successful crowdfunding campaign with ifundwomen and raised $15,000 to support her forthcoming record, Sarabi, which will feature 8 original songs and a team of Nashville’s finest musicians, producers, and songwriters. It will be released on February 2, 2024.