LIFE & CUL­TURE SINGER RE­FLECTS ON HER SHOOT­ING THROUGH MU­SIC

Den­ver pop singer Io­lite re­flects on day she was kid­napped and shot

The Denver Post - - FRONT PAGE - By Dy­lan Owens

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

Pho­tos by AAron On­tiveroz, The Den­ver Post

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.

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