When Ella Hooper was only 13 she, along with her brother Jesse entered Triple J's Unearthed Competition with 'Kettle'. Little did Ella and Jesse know, this song was about to launch a successful music career for the two who had grown up in the small Melbourne town known as Violet Town, a place Ella describes as having a certain charm but admits it could get a little boring at times.
Having grown up surrounded by music thanks to their parent's record collections, Ella and Jesse wrote songs and jammed together when possible. They played a few gigs but the most memorable would have to be the 1998 Push Over Festival where producer, Paul Kosky (Wah Wah) realised the pair had potential.
Ella and Jesse later met up with Adam Pedretti and Warren Jenkin and formed Killing Heidi.
Ella left High School halfway through Year 11 to concentrate on Killing Heidi. She states that the first time she heard her voice on the radio was on the school bus.
With a unique look which consists of long dark dreadlocks and facial piercings, Ella was and is a world away from the likes of other female teenage singers such as Britney Spears and Mandy Moore, stating that her 'crooked teeth and fuller figure' don't bother her in the slightest.
It is this attitude and talent which propelled Ella Hooper to fame as the front woman of Killing Heidi with the hugely successful 'Weir' and 'Mascara' and the phenomenal debut album, Reflector.
Ella was later diagnosed with a cyst in her throat and had to have it removed among fears she would never sing again. Ella said in reference to the situation, 'I wouldn't feel like my life was over if I couldn't sing, but it is my favourite thing to do'.
As a member of Killing Heidi, Ella won four ARIA Awards in 2000: Album of the Year for Reflector, Best Group, Breakthrough Artist - Album, and Best Rock Group. With Jesse, she was awarded APRA 2001 Songwriter of the Year.
2002 saw Killing Heidi release their highly anticipated second album titled Present, featuring tracks such as 'Outside of Me', 'The Days', 'Ammyl' and 'Damage Control'.
Killing Heidi began a hiatus from performing in 2006, and since then Ella has been playing acoustic gigs at smaller venues in Australia alongside Jesse as The Verses. In mid-2006 she toured Australia with the all-female musical line-up of Broad alongside Australian pop musician Deborah Conway, and was a guest on the ABC's Spicks and Specks and SBS' Rockwiz. The Verses debut album Seasons was released in 2010.
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