Blues/Americana singer Elles Bailey on her way to Cambridge
Bristol-based singer-songwriter Elles Bailey, the UK Blues Awards Artist of the Year 2020 and 2021, is back on the road.
2020 started positively for the smoky-voiced chanteuse when her song Little Piece of Heaven, written with renowned tunesmiths Bobby Wood and Dan Auerbach, picked up UK Song of the Year at the UK Americana Awards.
The tune is from Elles’ 2019 album Road I Call Home, which was named Album of the Year at the UK Blues Awards. The LP, which charted in both the official UK country charts and the Americana charts, has gained more than 3.7 million streams since its release and reached number one on the Amazon Blues Bestseller chart.
During the pandemic, Elles, a huge country music fan who first went over to Nashville in 2016, did many livestreams – including playing Joe Bonamassa’s album launch stream – released a live album, Ain’t Nothing But, and raised money for various charities. She has also recently had a baby.
“I was one of the lucky ones that actually managed to fit in two shows in October 2020, in between lockdowns, which was really quite emotional, as you can imagine,” she says. “I had shows booked and then obviously we went into lockdown again so all of these got rearranged.
“Then we went into the studio in December to make an album, and then I had a baby and went back to work about three months later, and my first gig was in June at a festival called Loverocks. I arrived and immediately burst into tears because it was just all very bizarre seeing people...
“Not really seeing people for six months and seeing a big crowd of people... and also arriving with a baby was very surreal. I was like, ‘I’m not quite sure I’m ready for this’. But I walked on stage and then people started singing the lyrics back at me and I cried again! Happy tears.”
Elles Bailey, whose new album Shining in the Half Light is set to be released early next year, will be performing at the Junction’s J2 next Tuesday (November 23).