11 Songs, 45 Minutes


The Texas singer/songwriter crosses into soul, bossa nova, and jazz.


The Texas singer/songwriter crosses into soul, bossa nova, and jazz.


Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
15 Ratings
15 Ratings

Americana at it's best

Just gets better and better from singer, songwriter, Robert Ellis. His ability to capture your heart will draw you in, the depth of his writing and vocal musical skill will keep you coming back.



I had random music playing at work, and I found myself getting caught up in a clever set of lyrics, in a unexpected musical riff, and so my first exposure to Robert Ellis was Amanda Jane... and I thought, wow, I really like that song. Fast forward, another day, another chance encounter, another song, another turn of phrase, another bit of craft that made me want to spin the repeat song like I was 13 again and in fascination with a boy band. California hooked me and sent me on a gold rush...I never have cared too much for country, and I know it plays on the shore where he has roots, but there's enough folk here to keep me in my comfort zonw- and the lyrics are borderline genius while remaining accessible. Love it.

About Robert Ellis

Before signing with New West Records in early 2011, country songwriter Robert Ellis made a name for himself in Houston, Texas. Inspired by the country, folk, and bluegrass records he’d heard while growing up in southern Texas, Ellis began playing shows around the city, eventually landing a Wednesday night residency at a local venue called Fitzgerald’s. His audience grew as a result of those weekly shows, nicknamed "Whiskey Wednesdays" for their rowdy nature and half-drunk clientele, and Ellis earned more fans on the strength of his self-released debut, The Great Rearranger. One of those converted fans was George Fontaine, Sr., president of New West Records, who signed Ellis in 2011. Photographs was released that summer, mixing acoustic folk songs with uptempo country numbers. The album was selected by American Songwriter as one of its Top 50 albums for that calendar year. Ellis toured the United States and Europe before relocating to Nashville. His more eclectic sophomore album, The Lights from the Chemical Plant, was recorded there and produced by Jacquire King and issued in February of 2014.

After extensive touring and experiencing the dissolution of his marriage, he returned to recording. He self-produced his next album, simply titled Robert Ellis, at Sugar Hill Studios in Houston. It was engineered by Steve Christiansen and mixed by John Agnello. A pre-release single and video for "How I Love You" did well on streaming sites and the album appeared in June of 2016. ~ Andrew Leahey

Houston, TX



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