24 February 2014

MusicMafia presents singer/songwriter Ellis

MusicMafia presents singer/songwriter Ellis

MusicMafia presents singer/songwriter Ellis

On her UK radio debut in February 2014, 19 year old singer/songwriter Ellis was being likened to Amy Winehouse and Lilly Allen by BBC radio London's Gary Crowley but the Highgate born singer has a unique tone all her own although she does draw influences from the aforementioned singers. Born to English and Turkish parents, Ellis has been singing since the age of 9, which lead her to joining local theatre schools and eventually Sylvia Young's theatre school as a part time student, another parallel to Ms Winehouse.  Ellis then went on to Barnet and Southgate college where she did a 2 year diploma in music and performance and is pursing her other passion for fashion at the University of Arts London completing a foundation degree in Editorial Hair and Make Up.

While at Enfield County School,  Ellis began performing shows, doing covers and became known as the girl quiet girl with the big voice. Ellis performed at school shows, private gigs and events and eventually had the good fortune to share the stage with the Legendary Billy Ocean.

Ellis cites her influences to include Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Rod Stewart, Paolo Nutini, Adele and Beyonce.

Favorite Girl
is the lead track taken off of Ellis's 4 track EP which was Produced by London based producer/writer /musician/ arranger and engineer OD Hunte (EMI/Sony ATV) who has worked with Emile Sande,Leona Lewis, EA Sports. Each track was, co-written, produced, arranged and instruments played by OD with Ellis's vocals being recorded as the lyrics were written in 6 hours or less. OD Hunte and Ellis set out to recreate the magic of the Motown era with a modern twist and although some may argue the baselines aren't classic James Jameson double bass, they have no doubt crafted 4 instantly catchy pop tunes encapsulation the upbeat organic goodness of the late 60s Motown era with the straight ahead directness of modern British pop music.

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