Photo Credit- Chris Korbel

Photo Credit- Chris Korbel

Born and raised in Athens GA, Elle Laye is a creative zebra with many stripes. 

Elle is a multi-tasking mama of 3, commercial photographer, singer/songwriter, and worship leader at C3 Church on 78. Faith, family, and fellowship are her focus, while her passion is putting life's metaphors to a beat. Elle grew up in a musically talented family, Her dad playing guitar and her mom bass. She was given her first guitar, a baby blue electric, from her uncle when she was born and dabbled with every instrument from the xylophone to the violin to the drums and sang in a children's choir at church. Elle's teachers noticed in the second grade she had a gift for creative writing and she planned to write music in the latter years of high school. however, Life detoured FOR THIS MULTI INSTRUMENTANLIST AND she BURIED her dreams.

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"For I know the Plan's I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future. "

Jeremiah 29:11

it wasn't until she was 27, after her daughter showed interest in playing the guitar that she officially picked it up and taught herself how to play. She couldn't afford lessons for her daughter so she decided to teach her herself and ended up coming back to the intersection she stopped at, which ended up being the perfect time in her life.  a few short years later, she EXPERIENCED complete darkness as she JOURNEYED through the wilderness .  elle turned her poems into songs and started writing music to get her through the hard times. Elle connected with c3 and has been a worship leader, since 2016 which has been her saving grace. Through C3, Elle connected with multitalented musician and producer, Jason Fuse of Lost on peachtree and soulful vocalist, Missy Kirkland who helped produce her first single "look to" at the beginning of 2018. Elle's style carries Inspiring insightful lyrics, alongside Americana rock music, infused with smoky urban chic tones.

Elle's mission is to empower people to have a deeper relationship with Jesus, to encourage others to follow their God-given dreams and to inspire you as she follows hers.