Elly Kellner is a singer-songwriter. With her melodic slowcore she makes harsh realities accessible. Playing a guitar with just four strings in an alternate tuning she creates a slightly dissonant sound. Yet her songs still feel like a soft, warm whisper in your ear.
Elly collaborated with Grammy Award winning producer Larry Klein (USA), Iain Matthews / Matthews Southern Comfort (UK) and Shannon Lyon (CAN). In 2019 she received the Tamoil Culture Prize for the Arts & Literature.
If you enjoy the melancholy of Andy Shauf, the radical honesty of Laura Marling and the whims of Jesca Hoop, Elly Kellner might be your cup of tea as well.
Lyrically Elly tries to go beyond existing taboo, right into the core of her inner world, with the firm belief that there must be others who'll recognize the mutual experience and feel less alone as a result. It is the only reason for her to keep sharing her music.
Elly is part of the Beyond Music Project. With 21 artists from all over the world she recorded an album (2019) under the guidance of Grammy-winning producer Larry Klein (USA) at Studios La Fabrique in the South of France. Together with Heather Bond Elly wrote and sang on "Different, You and I”, She also sang leadvocals on “We are one” and backingvocals on “Our colours” and “Water".
Click on the image below: a behind the scenes look at Studios La Fabrique, France, with Heather Bond & Elly Kellner featuring the song "Different, You and I". Stream it via Spotify.
Credits: "Different, You and I" Produced by Larry Klein. Composed/written by Heather Bond & Elly Kellner. Mixed by Tim Palmer.
Heather Bond & Elly Kellner (lead & backing vocals) Kane Mathis (kora), John Lumpkin (drums), Andreas Bernitt (violin, string arrangement), Moshe Elmakias (piano), Ed Harcourt (wurlitzer, piano), Dan Lutz (bass), Adrian Utley (guitar), Dean Parks (guitar)
In November 2019 Elly was awarded the Tamoil Culture Award because of her artistic, inspiring and heart-felt lyrics, music and comics.
Excerpt from the Jury's speech:
"Elly is able to write about what is sharp and painful in a way that makes it slightly muffled and vague and therefore easier to digest and look at. At the same time she knows how to make the vague visible with exactly the right words and has thus far written over a 1000 songs."