Singer-songwriter Jelena Ciric’s music lights bright as a match and burns slow as a candle. Her expressive voice and piano playing evoke the likes of Regina Spektor and Joni Mitchell, but it’s her storytelling that grabs the spotlight and cuts straight to the heart.
Jelena’s debut EP ‘Shelters one’ was awarded Folk Album of the Year at the 2021 Icelandic Music Awards, where she has received 4 nominations in total, including Best Single and Best Vocalist.
Born in Serbia and raised in Canada, Jelena’s songs are nourished by the rich folk melodies of the Balkans as well as the songwriting tradition of North America. She studied and made music in Toronto, Spain, and Mexico before settling in Iceland, where she found a supportive musical community more focused on creating than labelling itself.
Jelena’s sophomore EP ‘Shelters two’ was released in October 2023. She has upcoming tours in Canada and Portugal in 2024.
Jelena’s Airwaves performance is on Thursday, November 2 at 9:30-10:10 pm in Fríkirkjan Church.
Jelena is looking to connect with managers and booking agents.