With their absolute likable nature and down-to-earth sense of humor, Granville Automatic’s duo of Vanessa Olivarez and Elizabeth Elkins have a way of making you feel like part of the family right from the start. Writing songs drawn from their love of history, horses, and war, they create a heartfelt, visual story. Vanessa explains, “Visual clues affect memory of place in relation to the preservation of Civil War landscapes.”
American Idol fans will no doubt remember Vanessa Olivarez’s powerful performances on the second season of the show (here’s one of them). And as a Grand Prize winner of the prestigious John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Elizabeth Elkins’ lyrical wisdom and simple strums create a hauntingly mesmerizing feel. This combination brings to life the heart-wrenching stories of the Civil War era that will leave you spellbound.
TEDxGreenville program team member Rob Green nominated the duo last year. “Granville Automatic takes little bits of civil war history and weaves them into a tapestry that wrap itself around you quickly,” he says. “It’s a musical TED talk.”
Granville Automatic has created a quiet and lyrical sound devoted to telling stories from the past. Their performances leave audiences engaged and educated in the true life stories of the past — the stories you won’t find in history books.
This post is one in a series featuring presenters at the April 10th annual conference. For details about TEDxGreenville 2015: HeadVROOM, visit the conference and presenter pages. Tickets are sold out, but watch our Facebook page, Twitter account, or blog for upcoming livestream info.