Nashville native Eli Wheeler is continuing his second year as a Limelight artist, and he has big plans in store.
“I pursue music because nobody is stopping me,” Wheeler said. “I just love putting smiles on peoples’ faces”
Wheeler has been playing music since he was five. He began with learning to play the violin, then moving to the guitar when he was eight years old. He progressed to playing in coffee shops and bars with his sister. Nashville helped foster Wheeler’s love of music and performing. He was even able to play with a Grammy award-winning bluegrass band called “The Grascales” at age twelve. Now, his charismatic stage presence and soulful voice are capturing the attention of the Elon community.
Wheeler draws much of his inspiration from those around him. It is apparent through his performances and through his music that Wheeler emits a sense of unity and connection through his work.
“The people around me inspire me,” Wheeler said. “Music is my way of expressing emotion and connecting with people in a way that I have trouble doing otherwise.”
Wheeler currently has two EPs available on Spotify and Apple Music. Wheeler hopes to continuing creating content and expanding his music this year with Limelight. He wants to broaden his outreach to areas surrounding Elon.
“Limelight has helped me stay motivated to play and gotten me involved with others on this campus who are as passionate about music as I am, which is the whole reason I love music,” Wheeler said.
We hope to see Eli Wheeler continue to grow and prosper. His love of music and connecting people is present in all of his work. Wheeler will continue to work on his goal of “putting a smile on peoples face and bringing all types of people together with one language that is melody.”
Images taken by Braden Sanford.