Influences: Incognito, John Legend, The Roots, Lauryn Hill, Erikah Badu
Saul City, previously known as Elle Deva was formed eight years ago when Italian guitarist Michele met singer/songwriter Lauren in South Africa. The two have been working together ever since, taking inspiration from their diverse musical backgrounds. Using the fact that they are culturally diverse as an advantage, making them limitless in their creative process, and even harder placing them under one genre.
They have found a balance between doing gigs with cover songs and at the same time are always working on their own music. "Rain Roses" is their first single released under Filter Label in 2014.
It was initially a project aimed at TV and film placements,but the pair decided to share it while working on their next single. Emil Panzov from Filter Label has been in the studio with the band various times and says:
“Elle Deva are a pleasure to work with. Not only they are extremely talented musicians, they also have a very professional approach to their art. I am sure that these qualities combined with their dedication will lead them to big things in the near future.”
In 2015 the pair decided to record some of their work in London to collaborate with producers and session musicians that would help them reach a new market with their catchy acoustic songs.On the 11th of March of 2016 their latest EP "Familiar Ground" was released.
Showing no signs of stopping, the duo has written with multiple artists, and are now producing and writing for many more. With the hope of not only experimenting with other genres of music, yet also to develop artists and keep creating and collaborating.
Driven to move forward,they hope to continually make music that reaches a vast market,determined to make music for every kind of listener. They plan on staying true to themselves,having had interests from major labels that love the sound but are always looking for that one song. However hit or no hit. As long as its Elle Deva,Elle Deva is what you’ll get.