With the release of her seventh studio album, multiplatinum singer-songwriter Elisa Toffoli is poised to win over American audiences with the passionate, piano-driven modern pop that has long enchanted fans in her homeland of Italy.
Steppin’ On Water elegantly showcases the multi-instrumentalist’s tender yet formidable voice and penchant for quietly powerful melodies. Breezy and bold in equal measure, the record makes for a masterful follow-up to 2009’s Heart (the triple-platinum release featuring a breathtaking duet with Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons) and 2008’s Dancing (a chart-topping best-of collection whose title track won Elisa early acclaim in the U.S. after its appearance on “So You Think You Can Dance?”).
On the heels of the smash success of 2009’s Heart, Steppin’ On Water is set to continue broadening Elisa’s undeniable appeal and lure a growing body of listeners in to the lushly textured, irresistibly intimate songwriting that has become her trademark. Reflecting on the songwriting process that she’s employed throughout her ever-flourishing career, Elisa expresses a certain wonder at the magic of making songs. “It’s always a little miracle for me, when I have this an idea for something beautiful and I work at it and suddenly there’s something there that didn’t exist before,” she says. “I almost don’t completely understand how it happens. I just know that I love music and I love singing and—with this album—my approach is the same as when I first started singing. It’s to say something I can’t say in any other way, and to celebrate life.”