Rising Albany artist Ellie Davies says the music industry is still feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, as live acts returned to venues across WA on Saturday. Davies, who goes by the name Elwyn in the music industry, grew up in Albany before moving to Perth to further her music career as a singer. Tomorrow, she will embark on another big step, moving to Melbourne to continue chasing her musical dream after playing a sold-out farewell show at the Rosemount Hotel on Saturday night. The 25-year-old electro-pop artist will study music production at Melbourne’s Collarts college. Davies said the COVID-19 crisis had hit the music industry hard, especially those at the smaller end of the scale and musicians who had just started out. “The music industry was the hardest hit,” she said. “We couldn’t play shows which made it very difficult to connect with our fans. “We were able to play online shows but that’s just not the same and doesn’t bring in any income. “The only way we could make money was from selling merchandise and streaming.” Davies said it was a relief that live music could return to venues and she was privileged to be a part of that, having played in front of a hundreds of fans at the Rosemount. “It’s incredible and I’m very sad to be leaving it especially considering Melbourne is still in lockdown,” she said. “The music community in WA is so tight-knit and we all support each other so much. “The farewell gig was such a fun night. It was the best send-off I could’ve asked for. “I’ll be back for tours in summer and can’t wait to see everyone again.” Elwyn launched her first EP, Higher Ground, in 2017 after graduating from WAAPA. In November, she released her latest single Never Gonna Bring Me Down.