Combining powerful vocals with insightful lyrics, Australian singer/songwriter Eliott debuted in the late 2010s with her emotive EP Bold Enough. Breaking onto the national scene a year later with "Shaking My Hips," she continued to expand her reach into the international mainstream with the biographical "Circles."
Born Charlotte Gemmill in Cobram, Victoria, she sang from childhood, inspired by her mother's encouragement and a love for Missy Higgins. On long car rides, young Gemmill would harmonize with albums by the latter, honing her vocal skills along the way. By the time she was a teenager, she picked up a guitar and began performing at local pubs. Later, while enrolled at the Australian Institute of Music, she made the decision to leave school to pursue music full-time. She chose the mononym Eliott -- an anagram of her nickname, Lottie -- and set up shop in Melbourne.
In 2017, she issued her debut single, "Figure It Out," a sparse, piano-backed track that showcased her storytelling prowess and ability to capture scenes from everyday life. More songs followed, all of which landed on her first EP, 2018's Bold Enough. Without stopping, Eliott continued to release singles, including her mainstream breakthrough "Shaking My Hips." She also collaborated on tracks with Kite String Tangle, Montaigne, and LUCIANBLOMKAMP. In these early days, she was sometimes compared to a young Adele and Lorde, but her music also found common ground with artists such as Maggie Rogers, Birdy, and Kacey Musgraves (the country-twang of the latter even found its way onto 2020's biographical "Circles"). As her international presence increased, Eliott issued another single, "Home." ~ Neil Z. Yeung