"Ellis is basically the nicest person on Earth, and you can hear that in her music. Her aptly-titled new album, The Guest House
, is sure to be a cozy place to curl up, full of the solid songwriting and precise but warm arrangements." — Jay Gabler, The Current
"If you've seen her perform live, you already know that Ellis is totally engaging. She exhibits a true sense of joy when she sings.” — Mike Pengra, Radio Heartland
"An engaging and wholehearted writer, singer and performer who is full of light and spirit."
“...her elegant new record, The Guest House
. The personal and relentlessly hopeful collection was named after a Rumi poem and inspired by death, motherhood and (legal!) marriage." — Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune
"...funny and wise, thoughtful and uninhibited, and her captivating voice is matched by her uplifting lyrics. Ellis’ performances are transformational; she leaves her audiences better than she finds them, with softened edges & opened hearts."
"If ever there was a feel-good folk musician, this is the woman – somebody who really does send you off feeling better about the world."
—John Davy, No Depression
: She has been a four-time guest on A Prairie Home Companion
, and Ellis
has won more than a dozen songwriting and live performance awards. A gifted songwriter and performer, she is known for her stirring lyrics, openhearted performances and contagious laughter. Ellis got her start at coffee shops and now tours the folk circuit with nine albums to her credit. ABOUT THE NEW ALBUM, The Guest House
: Like the poem by Rumi, the collection of songs on The Guest House
cover the joys and pain of life and death, inviting them all in as guests with a hopeful spirit. Ellis recorded her ninth full-length album in three states, starting with Kevin Bowe in Minnesota, Ben Wisch in New Jersey, and a string quartet recorded in New York featuring string arrangements by Rob Mathes.