Elissa Sophia Metropoulos is the daughter of singer/songwriter Soterios Metropoulos. Raised in a musical family (her mother is also a classical pianist), she was encouraged to pursue formal musical training from an early age and thus studied the piano since the age of four and the French horn since the age of nine. In her formative years, she performed in numerous recitals and won First and Second Place trophies in the Geneva Granquist and Illinois Music Association competitions.
She holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Saint Xavier University and has completed the Master Recording II Program at the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences. In Los Angeles, she attended one year of Ekballo Pasadena for worship and, under the direction of Tracy Thomas, participated in writing, recording and editing student songs including her own “No One Like You”.
Starting her musical career in her hometown of Chicago, Elissa worked full time leading worship services for churches such as the Orland Park Christian Reformed Church, Christian Church of Clarendon Hills and Living Hope Church. She worked with neo-soul bands Reel Jem and Chicago Sound Machine and was a member of the Downers Grove Music Club where she chaired their Piano Festival for two years. She accompanied vocalists and instrumentalists at middle and high schools, directed musical theater productions for the Orland Park Theater Troupe, hosted a monthly songwriters showcase at Ballydoyle and performed at numerous events in a variety of prestigious venues including the Chicago Cultural Center and the Chicago Symphony Center.
Elissa relocated to Los Angles in 2016 and has been active ever since in numerous music ministries including SheGathers, the LA Men’s Group, Crossroads LA and Bel Air Church where she served as Associate Director of Community and Connections.
She arranged, produced, played and sang on Soterios Metropoulos’ “Raining on My Heart” CD. You can hear her background vocals on Renee Catrine’s “Arrival” album. Mike Przygoda’s “Sophomore Slump” album features her on French horn. As a solo artist, Elissa has released one album, “A Better Day”, produced by Danya Thompson and Nick Scalise, formerly of the pop duo Bestfriends.
Her most current endeavors in Orange County brought her to The Dominos: The History of Eric Clapton, playing double keyboards and singing background vocals alongside very talented musicians. She's also playing solo gigs at local restaurants and wineries, in addition to worship leading, gigging with her dad, and music coaching adults who desire to grow in their craft.
“Elissa came to an audition and sight read the keyboard and vocal parts straight away, very impressive, particularly since her vocal parts were perfectly in tune and perfectly blended right from the git-go. She has great time and feel on the piano and plays beautifully with passion, precision, purpose and panache.” — Randell Young