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Elaine Romanelli

Elaine Romanelli

7 reviews

About Elaine Romanelli

Singer, songwriter, pianist, guitarist Elaine Romanelli brings her vivacious charm and evocative performing to every occasion, including holiday gatherings, wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions (combo available), corporate events, house concerts, and more.
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By Merrill M. on December 28, 2016

Elaine was excellent. Beautiful voice and wonderful piano player. She was on time and organized and a pleasure to work with. Our guests loved her.

Hired as: Holiday Entertainment
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great night

By Tricia L. on December 12, 2016

Elaine was warm, welcoming, professional and easy to work with. She has a wonderful voice and we all had a great time. I am very happy we found her.

Hired as: Christmas Carolers, Singing Pianist

Elaine Romanelli @ Christmas party review

By Casey T. on December 9, 2016

Elaine was absolutely a pleasure to have at our Christmas party! This was the first time in years we have ever had a live singer/piano play at our staff party. From the moment she went on the mic to the minute she cleaned up her set she was a pleasure!
Elaine was extremely open to specific songs and requests we had all night and was very patient for our large group.
I highly recommend you book Elaine for any event in the future!

Hired as: Christmas Carolers, Classical Singer, Holiday Entertainment, Keyboard Player, Singer/Songwriter
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A great experience from start to finish

By Laura B. on February 8, 2016

We hired Elaine to sing at my mother's 80th birthday in my home. Right from the start she understood what we were looking for. She was responsive and flexible in working out the performance and professional in every way. The entire family- from 80 to 3 years old -enjoyed her lovely performance.

Hired as: Singing Pianist
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Fabulous musician and vocalist

By Susan L. on December 13, 2015

Elaine is a professional through and through, and a delight to have with us for the evening. Do yourself and your guests a favor and book her for all your events.

Hired as: Singing Pianist

Elaine's appearances are always a delight.

By Alice M. on December 8, 2015

The Anam Cara Center for Spiritual Life has booked Elaine a number of times, and each time she has been wonderful. She is a consummate professional, understands the spiritual aspects of life and sings of them beautifully in her work; and also in concert is both engaging and funny. We highly recommend her as a musician and songwriter of quality whether your organization is secular or religious. She delivers!

Hired as: Guitarist, Holiday Entertainment, Keyboard Player, Praise & Worship Leader, Singer/Songwriter, Singing Guitarist, Singing Pianist

Pianist/Singer for Wedding Ceremony

By Alicia H. on November 3, 2015

Elaine did a fabulous job at our wedding ceremony - I loved her style and her original music. She was adaptable, engaging and just what I was looking for.

Hired as: Singing Pianist

Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 45 - 180 minutes
  • Fee: Contact for Rates
  • Insurance: $1,000,000 - general liability
  • Languages: English, French, Italian


Expect a flexible, charming, engaged, respectful professional performer.

Elaine still has some availability for HOLIDAY PARTIES! Elaine is a terrific choice to provide joyful live piano vocal music during your holiday event, either as featured entertainment or background music while you mix and mingle. Contact her today; December dates go quickly!

Additional Booking Notes

- Power source strongly recommended
- Expect 20 mins setup time/ takedown time if I bring all gear.
- Please provide loading/unloading and parking information
- Can be keyboard only, or keyboard + guitar. (Can stroll with guitar!)

- *Discount* if there is a (well-maintained and tuned) grand piano on site!

- Liability insurance available if needed on a per gig basis


Elaine performs an eclectic array of music, drawn from the current top 40 charts, 50s-to-90s hits, musical theater, American Songbook, folk, soul, and more, along with her original indie pop music.

She plays all sorts of venues, private parties, corporate events, weddings, and festivals. She can also provide background music for events, as well as sacred music for religious services. She's been hired for everything from 3-minute phone serenades to 3-hour receptions.

Based in NYC, Elaine is a nationally touring independent singer, songwriter, pianist and guitar player. Her shows are augmented by lectures and workshops in songwriting, performing, and music business logistics. She also teaches voice (both in person and online!).

Elaine has been spun on radio and featured in print and online press across the country, from the SF Weekly to Public Radio to the Huffington Post, praised for her beautiful singing and emotional, tuneful songs.

Her most recent album The Hour Before was named to *FOUR* Best-of-2015 lists by DJs around the country.

Before her incarnation as a singer/songwriter, Elaine lived exciting other lives. She co-developed a trunk show for the SF Opera, was part of a Tony Kushner Off-Broadway world premiere, and was briefly a reality TV star (on TLC’s What Not to Wear).

Elaine was born in Philadelphia, raised in Manhattan, KS, and seasoned in San Francisco, before moving to NYC. She earned a degree in music with honors from Stanford University.

Some reviews:
• “Stunning new album” -Broadway World
• “A standout from other talents” -Arena
• “A brilliant release" - Buzznet
• “Utterly haunting.. highly original“ -DJ Rich Warren, WFMT Chicago
• "A star in the making" -AXS

More reviews:

"Elaine has amazing energy and is a fabulous songwriter. Her talents were highly appreciated by our audience, many of whom stayed for hours after the concert to talk with her." - Nolan Pepperdine, Olalla House Concerts, Olalla, WA

"I am writing this letter to thank you for the wonderful performance given by Ms. Romanelli. Not only was she child centered, she was very professional and appropriate. The program was attended by 94 children and 45 staff members. This was a wonderful change of pace for the children and helped to reinforce many of the concepts that the teachers had been working on." -Jacqueline Lucas, Director, United Cerebral Palsy of NYC

"Thank you for a great evening of music to the Wellsville community last Thursday at the Howe Auditorium. I heard wonderful comments from the audience on the way out and you really connected with the group. You presented a great program." -Eileen Tecza, Nancy A. Howe Auditorium Director, David A. Howe Public Library, Wellsville, NY

"Elaine, THANK YOU! You helped make the fundraiser a tremendous success. Your performance was terrific!" - Chris Grieco, President, Ferry Sloops, Ossining, NY

Past Booked Events

Dec 24, 2016 Holiday Party (Christmas)
Dec 10, 2016 Holiday Party (Christmas)
Feb 07, 2016 Birthday (Adult)
Dec 19, 2015 Holiday Party (Christmas)
Dec 12, 2015 Holiday Party (Christmas)

Set List

_Christmas/Winter Holiday Songs_

Selections include:

Angels We Have Heard On High
Away in a Manger
Bell Carol
Blue Christmas
Christmas Song (Chestnuts roasting on an open fire)
Deck the Halls
Dradel Song
Feliz Navidad
First Noel
Frosty The Snowman
Go Tell It On the Mountain
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Here Comes Santa Claus
Holly Jolly Christmas
Home for the Holidays
I'll Be Home for Christmas
In the Bleak Midwinter
Jingle Bell Rock
Jingle Bells
Jolly Old St. Nicholas
Joy to the World
No Thanks for Christmas (tongue-in-cheek holiday original)
O Come Emmanuel
O Hannukah
O Holy Night
Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer
Santa Baby
Silent Night
Silver Bells
Some Children See Him
Up on the Housetop
We Wish you a Merry Christmas
White Christmas
Winter Wonderland

_Music For Every Season_

Partial list of songs in regular rotation. Can also sing in French, Italian, and Spanish.

All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor (Kadish, Trainor)
All of Me - John Legend (Gad, Legend)
Billie Jean - The Civil Wars Version (Jackson)
Boys of Summer Don Henley (Campbell, Henley)
Brave - Sara Bareilles (Antonoff, Bareilles)
Breakaway – Kelly Clarkson (Benenate, Gerrard, Lavigne)
Chandelier - Sia (Sia, Shatkin)
De Colores - Joan Baez (unknown)
Everyday - Buddy Holly (Holly, Petty)
Fields of Gold – Eva Cassidy version (Sting)
For Good - Wicked the musical (Schwartz)
Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley (Cohen)
Hello - Adele (Adele, Kurstin)
Hernando's Hideaway – The Pajama Game the musical (Ross & Adler)
Hey Jude – The Beatles (McCartney)
Hound Dog – Elvis Presley (Leiber& Soller)
I'm Yours – Jason Mraz (Mraz)
Ice Cream - Sarah McLachlan (McLachlan)
If I Ain't Got You - Alicia Keys (Keys)
If I Had a Hammer – Pete Seeger (Hays, Seeger)
It's Still Rock & Roll to Me - Billy Joel (Joel)
La Bamba/Twist and Shout medley (unknown, Medley & Russell)
La Vie en Rose – Édith Piaf (Piaf)
Lean on Me – Bill Withers (Withers)
Let it Be – The Beatles (McCartney)
Let it Go – Frozen the musical (Anderson-Lopez & Lopez)
Lights - Journey (Perry, Schon)
Love Song - Sara Bareilles (Bareilles)
Make You Feel My Love – Adele version (Dylan)
Marvin Gaye - Charlie Puth feat. Meghan Trainor (Puth, Frost)
Ob La Di, Ob La Da – The Beatles (McCartney)
Photograph - Ed Sheeran (McDaid, Sheeran)
Price Tag – Jessie J (B.o.B, Jessie J, Kelly, Dr. Luke)
Proud Mary – Creedence Clearwater Revival (Fogerty)
Rain – Patty Griffin (Griffin)
Rolling in the Deep – Adele (Adele, Epworth)
Shenandoah – folk song – (unknown)
Someone Like You – Adele (Adele, Wilson)
Stand By Me – Ben E. King (King, Leiber, Stoller)
Stay With Me - Sam Smith (Lynne, Napier, Petty, Phillips, Smith)
Summertime – Porgy and Bess (Heyward, Gershwin)
Sweet Love - Anita Baker (Baker)
Sympathique – Pink Martini (Forbes, Lauderdale)
Today Was a Fairytale – Taylor Swift (Swift)
What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong (Thiele and Weiss)
What'll I Do? Irving Berlin (Berlin)
Why No One To Love - folk song (Foster)
With a Little Help From My Friends – the Beatles (Lennon/McCartney)
You've Got a Friend - Carole King (King)

Rep also learned for the occasion on request. Additional fees may apply.

_Original Songs By Elaine_

'25' – peppy, joyful celebratory
3,000 Miles – ballad about missing someone
Better By Far – cheery swingdance tune about lookin' for love
Faust Revisited – midtempo song about physical beauty
First Waltz – 'cute meet' country waltz
Fly – uptempo 'you can do it!'
Forty Back – pop style relationship breakup tell it like it is
Ho Hey – The Lumineers (Fraites, Schultz)
Heart Has to Know – Carole King-style romantic beginnings
Hurricane – peppy ditty about over-preparation
Immobile – ballad of self pity
Je T'aime – part French, part English jaunty love song
Merry-Go-Round – fear of next steps
Naughty Lola – what you think it might be
Pour Me A Drink – rowdy party song
Real Deal – song for newlyweds
Red Tail – coping with loss, great for nature lovers
She & He – charming, cozy, messy real-life love
Shine – encouragement
Song about the Trees – fall-themed pop breakup song
Stupid Boy midtempo irritated pop dating song
The Difference folky hopeful dating song
Year of Death – peppy tune of finding love during a tough year


_Holiday Songs_

Enjoy live background music, a festive sit-and-listen set, or participate in sing-a-longs.

St. Patrick's Day

Selections include:

Beer, Beer, Beer
Danny Boy
Molly Malone
My Lagan Love
No One to Love
The Parting Glass
When Irish Eyes are Smiling
Whiskey in the Jar
Wild Rover

Wedding Ceremony
Selections include:

Ave Maria (Bach/Gonoud)
Ave Maria (Schubert)
Be Thou My Vision
Rêve D'Amour – (Fauré)
One Hand, One Heart (Bernstein)
Real Deal (Romanelli)


Influences & Inspiration

Sara Bareilles, Billy Joel, Si Kahn, Joni Mitchell, P!nk, Dawn Upshaw, Dar Williams

Setup Requirements

power source, extension cord


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