Ellis Paul's songwriting credentials are unassailable. They are as genuine as the 15 Boston Music Awards he has earned, as indelible as the tattoo of Woody Guthrie that adorns his arm, and as authentic as the musical roots he draws upon with every note he plays.
Ellis grew up in a potato-farming family in Maine, earned a track scholarship to Boston College, and got his musical start at Boston's open-mic scene. It was a time and a place that nurtured some of the country's top singer-songwriters.
Ellis was one of its more memorable exponents, earning his place on the national map with 20+ years of playing 150+ shows annually, and putting out 19 releases, two of which are Parent's Choice Award-winning children's albums. The most recent children's album, The Hero in You, will be released as a CD/book combination by renowned publisher Albert Whitman & Company this September.
While Ellis’ style can be highly introspective, it is also formed in part by the five years he spent as a social worker. Every day, he struggled to help poor urban kids hovering dangerously on the edges of the criminal justice and welfare systems. It is through his connection with children that the partnership with ChildFund was created. Ellis has partnered with ChildFund to present child sponsorship to his audiences and give them an opportunity to make an incredible change in the life of a child.