The young Bristol based singer Elles Bailey, with her trademark smoky vocals, husky tone and lived in voice, has been gaining recognition wherever she performs. With her influences coming from many genres, from rootsy blues and soul to blues rock, Elles always stays true to her voice. Her popularity comes from her breaking down of traditional genres, taking aspects from them and fusing them together in order to create the sound which has become known as her own.
2017 has become a very busy year for the songstress and her band. With numerous dates scheduled in as well as festival dates, all in the lead up to the release of her debut album. Elles has opened shows for acts such as Wille & The Bandits, Mud Morganfield and Jo Harman. In doing so this hard working singer has built up a loyal fan base through her continual touring. The new album ‘Wildfire’, which will be released this September, features some world-renowned country and blues musicians including Brent Mason on guitar and pianist Bobby Wood.
Elle’s story is one in which the hand of fate seems apparent. At the age of three, she contracted both bacterial and viral pneumonia and, through operations to save her, the doctors gave her the rough, smoky voice she has become renowned for. By age four she was performing, and by eight she knew that she wanted to be a star. Refining her own talent, she stumbled onto the opportunity to record Wildfire almost by accident – on a family road trip, they took a detour to Nashville in order to create one track. Before long she was working on an entire album with the cream of Nashville’s crop, and this would eventually blossom into her first album.
Even without her first album released, she has a strong following and a rising popularity. This comes from the pair of EPs she has released: ‘Who I Am To Me’ and ‘The Elberton Sessions’, both of which had very different post-production styles.
We caught up with Elles before her show at Arlington to see how she has been in the lead up to her tour.
1) 2017 has shaped up to be a busy time for you, how are you finding all the tour dates combined with the release of your album?
I’m not gonna lie , at times it has been quite tiring but I feel very blessed to have had such a busy 2017. Now I am just uber excited about the release of Wildfire – it’s been along time coming and I’m ready to share it with the world
Elles is performing at Arlington Arts on Friday 6th October at 8pm. Tickets are available at £11 each. You can purchase your tickets online at www.arlingtonarts.co.uk through our What’s On section or you can call our Box Office on 01635 244246. For access or carer tickets please call our Box Office.