Music has been a way of life since childhood for Hannah Ellis. Growing up in Kentucky, Ellis sang in her local church and jumped at every opportunity to perform before moving to Nashville to pursue an artist career after college.
Once in Music City, the “Temporary Feeling" singer sharpened her songwriting skills, finding joy in music's ability to unify and encourage an audience. “[I wondered], I mean what if you could put it in a song, and remind others that they are not alone. That they aren't the only person in the world who has been through something, good or bad," she says. Ellis was offered a publishing deal with WordCountry in October 2015. One month later, tragedy struck when her cousin, Officer Daniel N. Ellis, was shot and killed in the line of duty. The artist (along with two friends) poured her pain into song, penning “Officer Down." The law enforcement community embraced the heartbreaking tribute, which Ellis was asked to perform for the Fallen Peace Officers Memorial Service on the Capital Lawn.
After garnering national attention for “Officer Down,"
Ellis began work on her upcoming self-titled, five-song EP. “I
have always had a lot to say, ask anyone who knows me, but these five songs get
to the core of who I am in three and a half minutes each," Ellis
says, of the EP set for
release on October 27. Two tracks, “Temporary Feeling" and “ILYSoWhat," are
available now. While focusing on her artistry, Ellis continues to earn
impressive songwriting credits. Just within 2017, both Danielle Bradbrry and
Russell Dickerson are including Ellis's work on their albums. She penned
“Messy" from Danielle Bradberry's upcoming album,
I Don't Believe We've Met. On Dickerson's Yours, Ellis wrote the upbeat, “Would You Love Me."
While making her mark in the country music community, Ellis has developed close friendships with other strong, female Nashville artists, including Kelsea Ballerini, Lauren Alaina, and “Thy Will" scribe, Emily Waistband.
Additionally, the rising star performed at CMA Fest in June, and opened for four shows of Dickerson's last week.
GRL PWR 🤘🏼🖤 pic.twitter.com/KiwV4cists— Hannah Ellis (@hannahgreyellis) June 27, 2017
If you're in Nashville on October 26, go out to celebrate with Ellis at her EP release party at 3rd & Lindsley! Preorder Ellis's self-titled EP here and get “Temporary Feeling" and “ILYSoWhat" instantly. Be sure to follow Hannah Ellis on Instagram here to stay up to date on all of her latest news.