Elles Bailey, whose infectious song ‘Little Piece of Heaven’ has just won a major award at the UK Americana Awards 2020. The win heralds another year of creative effort, inspiration and achievement – in the studio and out on the road touring. Never one to rest on her laurels, this self-confessed ‘rolling stone’, ever committed to live performance, will soon be rolling out her headline Spring tour and releases a new acoustic single of her hit ‘Medicine Man’. TODAY
Streaming link for Acoustic single ‘Medicine Man’
‘Little Piece of Heaven’ (which Elles co-wrote with the great Bobby Wood and Dan Auerbach won UK Song of the Year at the prestigious UK Americana Awards 2020, run by the Americana Music Association.
The 5th Annual UK Americana Awards – rightly seen as the jewel in the crown of AmericanaFestUK -was compered by the legendary Bob Harris OBE. Elles performed her nominated song, live, alongside a cavalcade of incredible artists and talent from the US and the UK: nominees and recipients of the glitzy 2020 awards.
‘Little Piece of Heaven’ was judged UK Song of the Year, with Loz Guest ( Americana expert from Planet Rock) and Nigel Adams MP (Minister of Media & Creative Industries) presenting the award.
Elles could not be more be more delighted and says, “Two years ago I sat in the Gods at The Hackney Empire watching the awards and I thought to myself: one day I want to be playing on that AMA stage. Performing at the Troxy, in front of this wonderful community, has been the most incredible experience and to come away with Song of the Year — I’m utterly stunned! There were so many incredible people involved in the making and releasing of the record — I’m so grateful to you all. I do need to give a special HUGE shout-out to Dan Auerbach and Bobby Wood, my co-writers. I am in awe of your genius — thank you for helping me bring this song to life!”
Elles has also been nominated for three UK Blues Awards Best Artist, Best Band & Album of The Year for her brilliant, chart-topping sophomore album ‘Road I Call Home’, adding to her already impressive array of nominations, awards and accolades.
‘Road I Call Home’ debuted at no.1 in Amazon Blues Bestsellers, no.13 in the Official Country Charts & no. 24 in the Official Americana charts. On Spotify, there have been over 1.8 million streams of the album since release (on 8th March, 2019) with Elles’ monthly listening numbers rising to over 100,000! What’s more, the album has received Spotify-curated playlist support on the Country Rocks and Nu Blue & Blue Ballads playlists. It’s also earned airplay and support from Bob Harris, Janice Long & Cerys Matthews and received national plays in Holland and Germany. This builds on the success of Elles’ debut album ‘Wildfire’, which has now reached over2.4 million streams on Spotify.
Elles’ Spring Tour is already selling out venues. Elles aims to make this her BEST tour yet, continuing with the touring and live performance that’s built her rep and fanbase, along with highly-successful album and single releases and airplay. She’s toured the length and breadth of the UK, into Europe, and crossed the Atlantic to play tour dates in the USA.
In the past few years, Elles has been playing over 100 shows a year, including touring with Grammy Award-winning Mike Farris, Kris Barras, and Martin Harley, as well as making her own headline tours of the UK and Europe. Elles Bailey has also moved up festival listings, becoming a featured artist at key festivals throughout the UK and Europe (including Black Deer, Swing Wespelaar, Ramblin’ Man Fair & The Great British R&B Festival; not to mention slots at Nashville’s Americana Fest 2019).
Elles’ song ‘Medicine Man’ has also been picked for inclusion on the ‘Earache Records New Wave of Rock and Roll Compilation’ vinyl LP and the accompanying tour. Elles says, “I’m delighted to have been included in this incredible vinyl compilation that’s shining a light on this New Wave of Rock and Roll. It’s time for people to sit up and take notice and join the movement!” See Elles’ website for further details and to pre-order, or go to https://webstore.earache.com/new-wave-of-rock-n-roll. The vinyl is due to be released mid-March.
In more ‘Medicine Man’ news, the acoustic version – as featured on Elles’ special 9-track companion disc, ‘Blacktop Companion’, released today has also been added on the Acoustic Blues Playlist on Spotify with over 600000 followers – Elles’ biggest playlist to date!
Get a glimpse of Elles’ busy twelve months in her end-of-year touring video, ‘2019 #Wrapped’: https://youtu.be/6bb5VW9q4wA,
Check out Elles’ website https://www.ellesbailey.com/ for further details of tours, gigs, releases and news.