Monday, February 16, 2009


Eleanor (born Eleanor Academia on August 13, 1958 in Hawaii; raised in Los Angeles, California) is a former dance music singer from the '80s.
In 1987, Eleanor released her debut album, "Jungle Wave" on Columbia Records. It's unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.
Her first single, "Adventure" became a hit, topping Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart for a week in May of 1988. It also topped the charts in Germany.
The follow-up singles, "Better Safe Than Sorry" and "Perfection" didn't appear to make the Billboard charts at all.
In 1992, Eleanor released her sophomore album, "Global Conversations" which was only released in Europe.
In 1998, Eleanor released her third album, "Oracle of the Black Swan" on her own independent record label, Black Swan Records. The album became a cult favorite among indie rock fans with rave reviews.

Today, Eleanor is still very active in the music business. She is an award winning master Kulintang percussionist. She produced the classic World Kulintang Institute's CD, "Kulintang: 3rd Century Gong/Drum Ensemble Music" which is now honored in the Smithsonian.

Eleanor still runs her own record label, composing, recording, producing & scoring music for film, television and indie products. She is a resident Performing and Teaching Artist for the LA Music Center MCED and MCOT programs.

Eleanor performs for thousands of students and is the creator of the highly successful "History of Rock" concert series & workshop sessions.

She is also a highly sought after scholar, teacher & thought leader, mentoring a lot of people. She was chosen as an official U.S. Delegate Prsenter for the Leadership Conference in China, performing in Beijing, Shanghai and Zhengzhou.

Eleanor is also the creator, producer and artist host of her own weekly on-air indie rock radio show, "The LA Music Pipeline" on bigFM.

She is a Durfee Master Artist Awardee, Dana Fellow, California Arts Alliance Artist and recipient of the "Artist of the Year" Award by former Los Angeles mayor, Richard Riordan.

To see Eleanor's official website, go to:

To see a fan-made video for "Adventure," go to:

To see a fan-made video for "Better Safe Than Sorry," go to:

To see a fan-made video for "Perfection," go to:

[updated on 05/19/13]

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