based in london.


Playing in festivals and concerts, from NY to London to Paris, Kate's timeless music reflects a love of classic singer/songwriters, from Gram Parsons and Gillian Welch, to Mary Chapin Carpenter, Leonard Cohen and Nanci Griffith.

Kate’s southern country-folk roots come from her father who was an important early musical influence – he once played guitar with Hank Williams on the famous Louisiana Hayride, where Elvis and Johnny Cash started out.

Kate’s emotional and seductive vocals take you into a world of private beauty, reflection and feelings. The music is always intimate and evocative – you listen and want to be there. 

“I think there can be something incredibly beautiful about being connected to a strong emotion even if it's a really sad one - often especially if it's a really sad one,” Kate says. 

“I hope that whatever people get from the music, they’ll be moved. I hope that they’ll find something that is beautiful and truthful. I don’t think that you can connect with any real emotion without truth.”

A journalist for the Observer said: "Kate Ellis writes hauntingly beautiful songs and has an amazing voice, I'm a fan!"

"Carve Me Out", the debut album from Kate Ellis, was released in June 2017.

"Wryly reflective, sweetly melodic, touchingly compassionate, warm-hearted."  MAVERICK ★★★★

"Hits you straight in the heart. One of those artists that on first listen, you just know you’re going to love."  TALK RADIO

"With her delicate, melodic music with the ring of truth to her words - and that most elusive quality, soul - Ellis joins the front rank of singer-songwriters. Highly recommended." R2 MAGAZINE ★★★★

"A gorgeous album with soul, heart, passion, loving and boundless country/folk style...back-to-back wonderful, unbelievably beautiful, engrossing, considered and worthy of unstinting praise."  FATEA MAGAZINE

"Sensitively weaves strands of country and folk throughout in a velvety smooth voice. An album of great warmth and feeling that just makes you press repeat. Definitely worthy of recognition.”  NO DEPRESSION

"Quite simply a superb debut album and one that announces the arrival of a genuine talent. Ellis has a voice that is easy to love – a new Americana star of real potential."  AMERICANA UK (8/10)

"Beautiful. Kate Ellis performs a superb live version of her song 'Ones You Love The Most' for Under The Apple Tree sessions." WHISPERING BOB HARRIS

"Haunting and beautiful... a soulful album that will resonate with people looking for meaning and depth to their music. Brand new yet classically timeless – think Nanci Griffith with a modern twist. LYRIC MAGAZINE

"Brilliant - she clearly has a huge future ahead of her." BBC RADIO MERSEYSIDE

"A class act, one to watch – a voice that has lived a life and has stories to tell."  BAYLEN LEONARD (BBC RADIO/CHRIS COUNTRY RADIO

"Kate Ellis nails it at her London album launch gig with a beautiful performance confidently showcasing her album’s material."  BUILDING OUR OWN NASHVILLE

"There is little doubt that one of the breakthrough artists of the year is UK based American Kate Ellis. The rising star of country who has a brilliant folk style. "  BELLES & GALS

"Kate’s contemporary country-folk classic sound, and a voice best described as a cross between Nanci Griffith and Suzanne Vega, make her debut album eagerly anticipated."  THE MEDIA EYE

"Artist Of The Week - Kate Ellis with her wonderful debut album 'Carve Me Out'."  LAUREL CANYON MUSIC

"Single of the Week. A tribute to some of music's greats – Mary Chapin Carpenter and Leonard Cohen, to name a few.”  SOMETHIN' COUNTRY 

"A wonderful new record." AMAZING RADIO


"Top 10 Country Albums of 2017"  YOUR LIFE IN A SONG

"She’s been likened to Alison Krauss, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Gillian Welch. We couldn’t agree more. SONGWRITING MAGAZINE

"An absolutely beautiful album. There's a truthful emotional pull and a great eloquence to all ten tracks. Very, very impressive stuff. One of my favourite releases in 2017."  CELTIC MUSIC RADIO

"Captures your imagination and smothers you with its beauty. All of the songs showcase a fantastic talent." THE ROCKING MAGPIE

"Heartfelt, smokey, lilting vocals take you by the hand into another world of beauty and tranquility, "Carve Me Out" will have you reaching for the repeat button." 411 MAGAZINE

"A lovely album – reminds me of first hearing Nanci Griffith. 'Ones You Love the Most' is up there with the very best of the genre, both in the writing and the delivery.NORTHERN SKY MAGAZINE

"The best songs come straight from the heart...seductive vocals that take the listener into a world of private reflection." ACOUSTIC MAGAZINE

"Wow, fantastic. 'Carve Me Out' is one of THE albums of the year." RADIO TROUBADOUR (TOP 25 ALBUMS OF 2017)

"A spectacular debut LP – a quite remarkable piece of work. A cracking batch of tunes with tales that could beak the hardest heart. Kate’s vocals have both a beauty and a sadness to them.  "Ones You Love The Most” is surely one of the songs of the year. W21 MUSIC

"Quite simply, a stunningly beautiful album from one track to the next." THE PREMIUM BLEND RADIO SHOW

"Warmth and wisdom radiates out of an enchanting debut album; a collection of reflective and evocative songs that are both heart-wrenching and uplifting...conveyed with sensitivity and passion." ART WILL FALL

"Ellis has put together a confident, mature record, with her brilliant storytelling and great vocals showing why she’s one of the leading lights in the new wave of folk singers." ENTERTAINMENT FOCUS

"A timeless sound that still feels contemporary and accessible. Ellis’ angelic voice and deft wordplay make the record feel warm and ultimately uplifting. It’s a rare and beautiful thing." REDROSPECTIVE

"Ellis’ smooth blend of country and folk pays off and heralds a new and rewarding talent." – LONESOME HIGHWAY