THE ACOUSTIC SONGSTRESS
Elideusa Gomes Almeida (15 July 1994), who performs under the mononym Elideusa (el-LEE-DAYO-zuh), is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter. She was born into a traditional Cape Verdean family (of West African and European descent) in Boston, MA, and was raised in the urban neighborhood of Dorchester. Although she writes in many styles and genres, her music can be described as R&B, with influences from poetry, jazz, hip-hop and soul. She has written over fifty poems and over one hundred songs.
In 2010, Elideusa was awarded with a dual enrollment scholarship from Berklee College of Music, enabling her to begin taking classes at the prestigious and highly competitive institution while she was still enrolled in high school. By the time she was seventeen and graduated from the Boston Arts Academy, she had already completed over one year of college.
Additionally, Elideusa is a very accredited songwriter in New England and has been recognized for her unique methods of incorporating figurative language into commercial music. In 2010, she was selected as a songwriter for the Red Cross Benefit Concert in Boston, MA. Upon winning the Young Composer's Competition in 2009, her song "The Truth" has been used in choreography workshops at Boston Ballet. In 2011, she was nominated for an Eco Art Award and was also rated best songwriter in Boston, MA by ReverbNation. In 2012, her songs “Artificial Love” and “Your Embrace” were selected as part of the Perfect Pitch Concert at Berklee. Elideusa was nominated for the Massachusetts Solo Artist Award in 2013.
Elideusa has performed at world-renowned venues such as the TD Garden where she sang the National Anthem at both a Celtics vs. Clippers basketball game and a Celtics vs. Spurs basketball game. She has also performed the National Anthem at Fenway Park, where she performed it at a Red Sox vs. Royals baseball game. In 2013, Elideusa was a finalist in the Boston showcase with Hollywood Records (House of Blues) and was the winner of the Toronto showcase with Warner Music Group (Hard Rock Cafe). Elideusa is also a very experienced jazz vocalist; she has performed at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts and at the Hynes Convention Center where she participated in the Berklee High School Jazz Festival for several years. Elideusa was the 2012 winner of the Young Artist Competition in partnership with the Boston Pops. During her performance at Symphony Hall, Boston Pops and Maestro Keith Lockhart recognized her for her dedication to and achievement in the jazz genre.
Furthermore, Elideusa has participated in clinics and/or performances with vocalists Nneenna Freelon, Gretchen Parlato, Lalah Hathaway and George Clinton (and P-Funk), violinist Regina Carter and bassist Victor Wooten.
Currently, Elideusa is a senior at Berklee College of Music, and is studying abroad at the Valencia, Spain, campus, where she is majoring in songwriting with an emphasis on piano, guitar and voice. She has also earned minors in Music Production & Engineering and Drama. She studies under the tutelage of songwriters such as Pat Pattison, Livingston Taylor and Melissa Ferrick. She continues to perform solo and with her live band, Moving Acoustics, throughout the U.S.