Ellis Paul is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, poet and troubadour originally hailing from a potato farming family in northern Maine. A track scholarship to Boston College and subsequent injury brought him into the fertile, competitive Boston songwriter scene.
Since launching from Boston, Ellis Paul has built a vast catalog of music which weds striking poetic imagery and philosophical introspection with hook-laden melodies.
The Boston Globe heralds him as a "songwriter's songwriter" saying "no emerging songwriter in recent memory has been more highly touted and respected by songwriters." USA Today's
national feature on Ellis was titled, "Best Bet for Stardom" which has come true after 15 years of non-stop touring. He has shared the stage with such notable artists as John Mayer, Dar Williams, Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin, and John Gorka early on and quickly progressed to headlining concerts and festivals.
Ellis averages 150 shows a year and travels across America and Europe, playing clubs, church basements to Carnegie Hall. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame invited Ellis to pay tribute to his hero Woody Guthrie, who has influenced and inspired Ellis in a profound way. Woody's daughter Nora requested that Ellis compose the music to the lyrics of Woody's song "God's Promise" which he released and has been subsequently covered by numerous artists.
"One of contemporary folk music's most influential voices"-- Dirty Linen Magazine
Ellis' songs have appeared in the soundtracks for several movies, including "Me Myself & Irene" with Jim Carey and "Shallow Hal" with Jack Black and Gwyneth Paltrow. Movie director Peter Farrelly one half of the Farrelly Brother's, has praised Ellis as "a national treasure."
"Ellis Paul is a master storyteller. He combines the sensibilities of Bob Dylan and Bill Morrisey and delivers it with passion that sets him apart in the company of a new breed of songwriters."
Performing Songwriter Magazine
"Ellis' precise unsentimental poetry mixes urban despair with fascination for detailsâ€¦a fine, subtle singer who can lift from a whisper to operatic highs. These songs seep into your memory like tea in hot water."
The Austin Chronicle
"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' "--Nora Guthrie (Woody Guthries Daughter)