Performing Songwriter Top12 DIY PICK - June 2008
"Ellis effectively conveys songs filled with love and the longing for it, baring her soul and demonstrating a vulnerability that makes Break the Spell easily her most compelling attempt yet."
The Joy Inside: Local folkie Ellis gets personal on her new record 'Break The Spell' (2008)
"Break the Spell is a cathartic, intimate, and ultimately transcendent modern folk record. It's not trendy, or groundbreaking, or particularly adventurous. What it is is very, very real. It gets to you the way you crave a record to get to you."
Timing Is Everything: Ellis lives in the moment (2008)
"Ellis walks on stage, flashes a bashful grin and does what she does best: singing her heart out every single time. She has a lovely voice, guitar chops and a graceful songwriting style; however, there is something about her live performance that is transformational. The sum is greater than the parts, and she is amazing."
Ellis: In the Wink of an Ultraviolet Eye (2008)
"All I know is she definitely makes a great record, builds a mean song, wields a wicked acoustic guitar, sings fluently with an unpretentious conviction that transcends ego as much as it elevates it."
Meditation fuels folk singer's journey (2008)
"Ellis isn't your grandparents' folk singer. She doesn't hop freight trains or sip corn liquor from an old canteen. She's more into updating her Web site or MySpace page. Or meditating."
Break The Spell CD Review (2008)
"[Ellis'] sixth full-length recording is her deepest soul journey to date...the musical accompaniment glides by so smoothly it’s easy to absorb Ellis’ messages of hope."
CD Review: Break The Spell (2008)
"Ellis is the kind of person you want to be making music. Great voice, confident guitar playing, these are just the kind of talented things that could be wasted, but is wisely put to use here."
Ellis is KUMD's Featured Artist of the Month (2008)
"Break The Spell is rich in substance of lyrics, music and emotion as well as Ellis' trademark vocal style."
Ellis: Break The Spell CD release concert (2008)
"If you ever have been mesmerized by a performer, you will know what it feels like to see Ellis live."
Ellis: Break The Spell (2008)
"Production-wise, the disc is a noticeable step up from previous discs, offering dramatic turns on piano, organ and electric guitar in songs such as the opener "How Would It Be" and the antiwar song "City on Fire." But it doesn't sacrifice Ellis' stark appeal. These are actually some of her most intimate songs yet."