How do you pronounce your name?

Eleanor VS (Eleanor Verses).

Why did you change your stage name?

I have to blame my parents for this one. My family and friends have always called me Vanessa, which is my middle name, so when I first started out I went by Vanessa Hartley. I also have a double-barrelled name, and when the time came to release my first album, I wanted the last one on there too – so I released it as Vanessa Hartley-McDonald.

Later on, I wanted something that I felt represented me better artistically from a personal standpoint, and I had another name at my disposal: my first name, Eleanor. ‘V’ and ‘S’ are the initials of my two middle names, and as it made for a nice play on words of versus/verses, that is how it went from Vanessa Hartley to Eleanor VS. I basically switched my names back : )

What’s happening with your next album?

Probably one of the worst questions you could ask because I can’t see into the future, but I definitely have plans to release another album (somewhere God – or Satan – is laughing), so keep checking back and one day there’ll be news 😉

Why can’t I find your music on the usual digital outlets or streaming services?

Because for the moment it’s ‘different strokes for different folks’. I will let you know if things change.

What’s the best way to stay in touch with you?

I’ll always post updates, shows, new music – everything! – here on this website, since that’s kinda what it’s for, so the best place to find out everything, is right here.

If you would like to be alerted of when I’m coming to play near you, you can sign up at Songkick.com and “track” me. This is my personal favourite method of following the artists that I want to see – it’s also great for following your favourite venues or discovering new music in your city. Just go to the “TOUR” section of this website, and there’s a link to sign up there. Any other type of gig, such as my appearances at Viva La Mexicana or open mics will not be listed on Songkick, but I always post them here on the news page and my social media.

As for social media, the one I love to use and am most active on is Twitter, but you can also follow me on Instagram and on my Facebook page.

For enquiries and booking, email is best: eleanorvs.music[at]outlook.com

Will you ever release music in Spanish?