“A singer songwriter is only as good as the times he reflects. In times like these, when so many nuts are running the show, it’s comforting to know that Ellis Paul is actually holding our sanity on his own stage! Wise, tender, brilliant and biting, Ellis is one of our best human compasses, marking in melodies and poems where we’ve been and where we might go if we so choose to. Personally Ellis, I’m goin’ where you’re goin’!”
A veteran, constantly touring troubadour, Ellis Paul is one of the most respected artists in the folk/singer-songwriter genre. In addition to performing 150 to 200+ shows for 20+ years he has 18 releases on Rounder Records and his label, Black Wolf Records. His new release, 'Chasing Beauty', produced by his Sugarland friend Kristian Bush will be out in early 2014.
Since even before Ellis' song 'The World Ain't Slowin' Down' came out as the title track to Jim Carrey's blockbuster film, "Me, Myself and Irene", singer-songwriter Ellis Paul has been impressing audiences and earning loyal fans around the world with his meticulously written songs and compelling live shows.
As one of the top American singer-songwriters, Ellis has won numerous awards including an unprecedented 15 Boston Music Awards. It's Paul's literate streak that inspires television and film to frequently feature his songs in numerous TV shows as well as several Hollywood films such as the aforementioned: "Me, Myself & Irene" and "Hall Pass" and "Shallow Hal", directed by his fans, The Farrelly Brothers.
Ellis was heavily influenced by the folk stylings of Woody Guthrie, and some have said Paul has successfully bridged the gap between traditional and modern folk music. Nora Guthrie, Woody’s daughter, invited Paul to co-write a song out of her father's unreleased catalogue and also perform at a Woody Guthrie tribute show held in September 1996 at the Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame. Ellis has played Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington and clubs, festivals and coffeehouses all over the world.
"Despite his success and sense of history, Mr. Paul remains an artist with his eye on the future and an interest in discovering the transformative potential in his music."
-New York Times
The Nashville based artist has had a significant amount of airplay on the legendary Seattle indie rock station KEXP; a BBC 2 interview with Bob Harris, which is only about the highest honor a rootsy singer-songwriter touring the U.K. can get; opening slots for acts ranging from Willie Nelson to Ray LaMontagne, Nickel Creek, Keith Urban, Susan Tedeschi and Tristan Prettyman; a successful run with one of the hottest young West Coast bluegrass bands of the aughts; and wins in the Merlefest folk songwriting contest as well as the Kerrville Folk Festival’s elite New Folk songwriting competition. Lenker’s composition “My Little Life” brought him the Kerrville honors and It doesn’t seem possible that one song could work so well in such disparate worlds, but it also proved its powers as a galvanizing piece of indie-pop, drawing a small army of likeminded, rising Nashville artists and personalities—Jeremy Lister and Katie Herzig to name two—to make lip-syncing, ukulele-strumming cameos in Lenker’s music video. The song—which is on the Heart of Gold EP he co-produced with A-list keyboardist Tim Lauer this year—itself points to the uncommon mixture of abilities Lenker has honed.
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