The resurgence of Motown’s classic jazz style is making it’s debut alongside the new favourite girl, 19-year-old London singer, and songwriter Ellis.
Her vocal style appears to leverage off of the greats, or as BBC Radio London’s Gary Crowley can better contest to Ellis’ approach as a reflection of both Amy Winehouse, and Lilly Allen. Singing since the age of nine, Ellis has acquired a level of soul that is rare in someone so young, however inexperience is an understatement, to say the least. While her debut into mainstream is only within its infant stages, she studied at local theatre schools, and eventually Sylvia Young’s theatre school as a part time student; a fun little fact is that Amy Winehouse also attended this school. She also went to Barnet and Southgate college where she did a two year diploma in music and performance, and is currently studying Editorial Hair & Makeup at the University of Arts in London — which can explain Ellis’ fashion sense as an ode to the pinup bombshell glamour of the late 60s that’s slowly making it’s trendy comeback.
On the other side of the spectrum, Ellis worked with OD Hunte, a famous producer who has worked with artists like Leona Lewis, and Emile Sande. They collaborated on Ellis’ upcoming four track EP, and it’s sure to be a sweet poolside jam.
With Influences like Etta James, Rod Stewart, Adele, and Amy Winehouse (of course), there is an example of moral dividend that can be paid to acknowledge the legends that have indirectly cultivated the Motown image of the modern era; if it appears odd to assume high standards, while we have only seen so little, then let the pendulum swing, the clock tick, charts unwind, and look at her transcript if you don’t believe me because Ellis could potential be the new incarnation of Motown’s late icon.
Check out her current single “Favourite Girl” because it’s sure to be surgery and sweet!