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A Teenage Girl’s City And Colour Cover Brought Dallas Green To Tears


Ella Nafziger is 14 years old, lives in Ontario, Canada, and is a huge fan of City and Colour (aka Dallas Green). She’s also an incredible singer and guitarist, as exemplified by the fact that she brought Green himself to tears with a cover of his single, “The Grand Optimist”, from his 2011 album, Little Hell. Guest hosting a recent segment of The Spot on Double J, Green says he “literally had an emotional breakdown” after watching Nafziger’s two-part cover on Instagram.



“This is awesome!” commented Green.

“I called my wife, I was crying, it was a really wonderful moment,” says Green, after noting that Ella has “one of the most beautiful voices that I have heard in my life” before going on to cover one of her own songs, “Big Blue Sea”. “My music has been covered by a lot of people on the internet, which is great, and I appreciate that. But something about this girl’s voice. It’s not her singing my words, it’s just her voice — she’s got it,” says Green, while Nafziger freaks out over Skype in the background. He continues, “For me, with singing, you need to be able to see and hear that emotion in a person’s voice and there’s just something about it that’s moving.” When Ella – who’s been writing, recording, and uploading her own performances to YouTube and Instagram for the past two years – posted the 15-second clip, she had no idea that Green would stumble upon it. “I just thought other people would see it, but not him,” she says.


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 “This is even more awesome!!!!”

Responding to Green’s glowing stamp of approval, Ella says ecstatically, trying to keep herself composed, “It’s made me feel a lot more confident. For a really talented musician, for him to tell me that, just means everything.”

Humbled by his praise, Ella names City and Colour as a big inspiration for her own musical endeavours. “He has his own way of singing; he’s not like all the other bands on the radio. His music isn’t just about nothing; his music is about real things that he’s experienced,” she says, mentioning that her father introduced her to Green through a playlist he’d put together.

Green recently wrapped up a couple of acoustic shows in Australia in support of his fifth album as City and Colour, If I Should Go Before You, and has already announced a full headlining tour for 2016. Get stoked for that, check out our interview with Green about the record, and listen to the full Double J segment below!

City and Colour Tour Dates

Sat Mar 26th – The Tivoli, Brisbane (18+)
Tix: ticketmaster.com.au
Mon Mar 28th – Thebarton Theatre (AA)
Tix: ticketmaster.com.au
Wed Mar 30th – Red Hill Auditorium (18+)
Tix: oztix.com.au
Sat Apr 2nd – Sidney Myer Music Bowl (AA)
Tix: ticketmaster.com.au
Mon Apr 4th – Enmore Theatre (AA)
Tix: ticketek.com.au
Fri Apr 8th – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul (AA)
Tix: ticketmaster.com.au

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