The husband-and-wife writing and singing team of Josh and Nicole Johnson make up the Nashville-based duo Elenowen (named after Josh's mother and Nicole's father and pronounced "ellen-owen").
The couple met and fell in love in high school, marrying during Josh's freshman year at Nashville's Belmont University. Both pursued separate singing and music careers until 2009, when they joined forces and released their debut album, Pulling Back the Veil
, in 2010. Selected to appear as contestants on the first season of the television show The Voice, Josh and Nicole were mentored by country singer Blake Shelton
and picked up hordes of fans from their appearances on the show, even though they were eventually cut -- by Shelton as judge, no less. Never really a country act in the strict sense, Elenowen honed a haunting folk-rock sound, and writing both individually and collectively, released the Elenowen EP
on Dualtone Records in 2012. The duo toured extensively in 2013 and recorded the bulk of their sophomore full-length album, For the Taking
, in the pockets of time they were home. For the Taking
, produced by Trent Dabbs
and Jeremy Bose, was released in January 2015 on Ready Set Records. After nearly three years of setting music aside to focus on their family, the duo is back with a batch of new songs with more of an alternative-rock sound. The first single, The Way I Am
, released November 24, 2017.