"Ellis Delaney is a criminally underappreciated singer, songwriter and performer.
Perhaps it’s just a simple function of an amazing abundance of great singer/songwriters in our wonderfully frozen state. I don’t know. Everybody here at the plush and secret headquarters of SouthernMinn Scene thinks she’s pretty terrific. You should, too.
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.
Bear with me here.
The first time I ever heard of her was shortly after I took the reins here at Scene. One of our staff reporters brought me an interview she had conducted with Ellis. For all of her bon-fides and songwriting awards, I was a little surprised that I hadn’t heard of her. I looked her up on the web and came across a video for her song “Right On Time,” and was immediately taken with her. She has a confident, enthusiastic, even exuberant, optimism that is both disarming and highly contagious. I defy even the most cynical Gen Xer out there to go see her perform and not get a few joyful goosebumps.
She put out a new album last week called The Guest House (which Sarah Osterbauer will review in the upcoming issue of this magazine), and is currently playing a few shows around the state. On Saturday, she’ll be at the Chatfield Art Center performing an installment of the immaculately curated Chosen Bean Concert Series. One of the words they use to describe her on their website in “uninhibited,” and that might be the best way to describe her.
If you’re feeling down, if you need a pick me-up, this is the show for you. If you’re looking for a pre-Valentine’s Day date night activity, this would be a good one. If you just love to hear good music from someone who loves to play, Ellis is your woman. You will not be disappointed." (Rich Larson)
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