LIFE & CULTURE SINGER REFLECTS ON HER SHOOTING THROUGH MUSIC
Denver pop singer Iolite reflects on day she was kidnapped and shot
Denver pop singer Iolite says the day she was kidnapped and shot last month in Nashville, Tenn., has changed her life. “There’s so much beauty that can come out of this through music.”
“Through and through.”
That’s how 19-year-old Elina Odnoralov describes the path of the bullet that pierced her left flank and exited her back as she strained to escape the assailant who’d kidnapped her in her car.
She repeats the expression a few times while chatting about the incident while seated at a coffee shop in Arvada. She borrowed it from one of the paramedics who found her behind the desk of a Nashville, Tenn., bank, her bloodied hand clutching the entrance wound.
Odnoralov has a habit of clinging to catchy phrases. She’s been writing songs since she was 7, the age that she and her five brothers started learning classical piano from their grandmother, who was an actress in musicals in Russia.
While her peers were scoping out colleges, Odnoralov committed to the artist’s life, transforming into pop singer Iolite in 2016. Eight months after she graduated high school, she moved from Denver to Nashville to chase her dream, come what may.
One terrifying hour in November
Denver pop singer Elina Odnoralov, who performs as Iolite, was kidnapped, robbed and shot in Nashville last month. She was photographed in Denver on Dec. 4.
Elina Odnoralov has been writing songs since she was 7, the same age she started learning classical piano from her grandmother, an actress in musicals in Russia.