Bristol based Elles Bailey (28) seamlessly weaves rootsy blues, country and soulful rock with a contemporary edge and her trademark ‘smoky vocals’ taking the lead. Her husky toned, lived-in voice sounds like she has a 60-a-day habit, but was actually caused by a serious illness when she was three. To save her, surgeons had to place a tube in her throat for seventeen days to allow her to breathe, affecting her voice giving it that ‘blues feulled’ quality that is getting her recognition wherever she sings.
Her two EP’s, both produced by Brian Banks, (Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie) ‘Who I Am To Me’ (Feb 2015) and ‘The Elberton Sessions’ (Oct 2016) were released to critical acclaim, and her debut album ‘Wildfire’ is set to drop Spring 2017.
No stranger to the scene, over the last three years, this captivating, hard-working songstress and her talented band have built up a loyal all-age fan base through relentless touring, through both the UK and Europe. She’s opened for acts like Wille & The Bandits. Jo Harman and shared festival line-ups with Lisa Simone, The Mystery Jets & Wilko Johnson.
Elles has just finished recording her debut record at Blackbird studios in Nashville, which has played hosts to artists such as Taylor Swift, Kings of Leon and Chris Stapleton to name but a few. Produced by Brad Nowell, the album features world-renowned country and blues musicians, including Grammy Award winner and a two-time winner of the CMA ‘Musician of the Year’ Brent Mason on guitar, pianist Bobby Wood ‘Musician Hall Of Famer’ 3 Times Over and more. One of the tracks on the record has been co-written with Ivor Novello Award writer Roger Cook. ‘Wildfire’ the title track, penned by Elles & Joe Wilkins (Elles touring band) will be the first single from the record.
In fact, 2017 looks set to be a very busy year for Elles with over 36 dates scheduled in the run up to her debut album release late spring & her festival diary is filling up very quickly. Elles featured at The Great British Rock and Blues Festival in Skegness and is currently opening for soul singer Jo Harman on her February tour before heading out on her own headline tour of the UK & Europe in Spring 2017. Through summer she will embark on playing prestigious festival slots across the country including mainstage slots at Upton Blues Festival & The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival, Colne before touring again in October.
Like many artists today, Elles is breaking down the barriers of traditional genres, taking inspiration from many and fusing them together to bring you her own unique sound, which is earning her a legion of devoted fans, young and old, from across the UK and further afield.