Best Bets For the Weekend: Ellis (2016)
"Ellis Delaney is a criminally under-appreciated singer, songwriter and performer...She’s gifted with a gorgeous voice. She writes beautiful songs with really intelligent lyrics. I realize this isn’t out of the ordinary around here, but Ellis has something truly unique, and I tend to think it’s in her smile."
Interview on Radio Heartland with Mike Pengra (2016)
"If you've seen her perform live, you already know that Ellis is totally engaging. She exhibits a true sense of joy when she sings, which you can see in her intense smile and can hear in her voice and in her laughter. Ellis makes her audience feel as lucky as I was to sit a few feet in front of her and listen to her sing."
Ellis' 'Guest House' is a throwback in all the right places (2016)
"Ellis embraces all of life’s lessons and insists on ingesting and growing from them. She shares her experiences through vivid storytelling, creating pictures many can relate to. She empathizes with and acknowledges losses without letting them define her or bring her down. She feels pain but remains hopeful in the face of self-doubt. In a world of broken hearts she understands they have to break to know love."
The Big Gigs (2016)
"After eight albums and 15 years of touring mostly by herself, Minneapolis’ coffeehouse-folk stalwart Ellis got some pretty sizable help with her elegant new record, The Guest House. The personal and relentlessly hopeful collection — named after a Rumi poem and inspired by death, motherhood and (legal!) marriage — includes string arrangements by big-dog composer Rob Mathes, who has co-helmed Sting’s orchestral albums."
Preview in The Local Current Blog (89.3 The Current) (2016)
"...Ellis Delaney is basically the nicest person on Earth, and you can hear that in her music. Her aptly-titled new album, The Guest House, is sure to be a cozy place to curl up, full of the solid songwriting and precise but warm arrangements that have marked the Minneapolis-via-Texas musician’s entire career."
Singer Ellis's songs tell you all you need to know at Listen Live Music (2014)
"...her voice always in pure, strong notes that punctuated the lyrics, the singer often closing her eyes as if to reach for emphasis, instead of pointless vocal runs. In addition to the smile on her face, Ellis’ voice, too, carried the sound of a smile – often sly but never snarky, first revealing itself on the night’s second song, How Would It Be."
CD Review: Wherever You Are (2013)
"If ever there was a feel-good folk musician, this is the woman – somebody who really does send you off feeling better about the world."
CD Review: Wherever You Are (2013)
"Possessed of an infectious laugh, which on first hearing may take you aback, her between songs links are half ‘oh my gosh’ goofy, half crystal clear personal convictions."
Rocky Mountain Folks Fest preview: The hard road (2013)
“We can all get the feeling that we’re running behind. It’s not just my song anymore. It’s cool how that happens, that songs belong to other people too.”
Performance Review 2013
“Ellis is a skillful songwriter and engaging performer. She is at once innocent and wise, contemplative and impulsive. Her voice is captivating and perfectly suited to her inspiring lyrics. All of these accolades are important, but more important than any of them is the fact that Ellis is a good and generous soul and that this is everywhere apparent in her music as you will surely discover should you choose to join us for what will seem like the chance meeting of a long-lost and cherished friend.” – Ed Cremo