Ella Hartwig is a country-folk singer-songwriter from Cooktown in Far North Queensland who now lives in Brisbane. She released a self-titled debut EP in 2019 and there have been several singles since. Her latest single is ‘Out of Stone’.

‘I drew inspiration from relating my own challenges to the metaphor of how over time, a water drop can carve a canyon out of stone,’ says Hartwig of the song. ‘I wish to relate these persistent efforts to my own life and this song is my anthem for not giving up!

‘When writing my lyrics, I pictured the beautiful rivers and creeks like the ones back home in Kuku Yalanji country,’ she says, referring to the water imagery in the song. ‘My grandmother immigrated to Australia from Latvia in the 1940s and I really wanted to reflect that part of my ancestry in my work. The “river song” lyrics connect me to my folk roots, and also appreciates the Australian Indigenous ways of oral communication.’

Delivered with plenty of vocal soul, ‘Out of Stone’ is an uplifting song – and the accompanying video, which is having its premiere here today, is similarly cheering with its various natural locations (including a spectacular jacaranda in blossom). Watch the video below and go to Hartwig’s Linktree for information on her upcoming gigs in Brisbane.