Cannelle is French for Cinnamon - it's also the stage name chosen by Melissa Oliveri, who came to Minneapolis from Montreal, Canada in 2006, bringing with her an eclectic mix of both French- and English- Canadian cultures.
Her diverse influences range from Alternative music like Pixies and PJ Harvey, to French artists like France Gall, Serge Gainsbourg, and Jean Leloup, and women songwriters like Regina Spektor, Imogen Heap, Tori Amos, Kate Bush, and Amanda Palmer.
Having experienced an important loss as a child and lived through the grief that ensued, her songs often tug on the heartstrings, but she can also write about everyday life situations from a humorous angle. Whether playing a silly song about her favourite snacks, dreaming about living among palm trees, or softly singing an ode to a departed loved one, her songs will make you feel exactly what she wants you to feel.
Elliot Under Glass was inspired by an original story written by Melissa for her children's podcast, A Carefully Built Pretend. The song follows the journey of Elliot, trapped inside a snow globe all his life, until one day it goes crashing to the floor, releasing him so he can explore the world. On the outside, he finds beauty and wonder, both in the happy and the difficult things. Elliot finds joy in simply being able to experience life, and wonders why so many people in the outside world don't do the same... why they don't choose to fully experience the joy, the heartache, the beauty and wonder, while they're alive, and lucky enough to live under the sky.
Lyrics and Music by: Cannelle - Recorded at: Skylark Studios, Minneapolis, MN, USA - Mixed and Mastered at: Pink Flamingo Music Productions, Halesowen, UK - Piano, Vocals, Instrumentation: Cannelle - Rhythm Guitar, Drums, Triangle: Steven Holloway - Lead Guitar, Bass: Anthony Freeman