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Ellie’s viral video earns worldwide attention

PUBLISHED: 18:59 20 July 2017

Ellie Rialas.

Ellie Rialas.


A Weston music student whose music video went viral on YouTube has been rewarded with an endorsement by a world famous guitar manufacturer.

Ellie Rialas is studying a popular music degree course at University Centre Weston (UCW), and got noticed by Tanglewood Guitars when her song Real Or Not Real was viewed more than 10,000 times online.

The acoustic rock song is inspired by the Hunger Games films, and its video features the 21-year-old playing a Tanglewood Sundance Pro guitar – prompting the firm to promote her on its website and social media channels as part of its endorsement.

Ellie, who lives in Mark, said: “It’s so important for musicians to make use of online platforms to promote themselves and their work.

“Having a proactive and productive attitude towards social media really helped me to grow my audience and also achieve something that I’m truly proud of.

“It is such a privilege to be associated with Tanglewood Guitars – such a reputable and well-known brand in the music industry.”

A spokesperson for Tanglewood Guitars said: “Our aim is to promote the younger, up-and-coming players to help them get that little bit of extra promotion and exposure to a wider audience.

“Ellie fitted that bill perfectly and we kindly asked if we could include her on our website – which she happily agreed to.

“We now help promote Ellie by regularly featuring her, along with all of our other young artists, on our social media.”

Ellie hopes the link-up with Tanglewood will help boost a music career which has already enjoyed some notable successes.

Since writing her first song at the age of 12 and performing onstage for the first time at just 14, she has gone on to gig regularly at venues across the South West and beyond, including the NEC in Bimingham and Glastonbury Festival’s Pop-up Hotel and Sessions Bar.

During her time at UCW, Ellie has also recorded in renowned studios including Real World, Modern World and Abbey Road, while her debut album is due to be released later this year.

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