Kate Ellis is an Americana singer /songwriter born in Louisiana, raised in New York and now based in London.

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. 

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

"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 ★★★★

"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)




"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

"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

"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

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

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

"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

"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 so far 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

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

"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.  W21 MUSIC

"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


Kate Ellis’s critically acclaimed debut album ‘Carve Me Out’ was released in June last year. The album was declared a highlight on ‘Best of 2017’ lists across multiple music blogs and radio shows, and saw her songs and videos streamed by hundreds of thousands of fans online. She has also been played across the UK on stations including Amazing Radio, Chris Country, and BBC regional radio and received some amazing press feedback.


Kate has played in festivals and concerts in the US, continental Europe and the UK. From Maverick and the Black Deer Festival, a ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris hosted/curated ‘Under The Apple Tree’ show in Harrogate, London gigs at venues like The Water Rats, Green Note, Bedford and Half Moon, to Gullivers in Manchester, 81 Renshaw in Liverpool, the Crossroads blues club in Paris, the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival, and assorted clubs and bars in downtown Manhattan. Some  gig reviews here and here and here