ellen whyte

 
 

Three time Grammy award nominee, Ellen Whyte, has released her fourth album, appropriately titled: Four Way Stop, a soaring achievement from an accomplished singer songwriter.  Long time Portland, Oregon KINK FM 102 Blues Show radio personality, Bob Ancheta raved that it gave him “goose bumps!”


Ellen has fronted bands continuously now for 35 years, as she has three critically acclaimed albums in addition to the latest effort.    She was captivated by music since she was a child growing up in Fort Lauderdale Florida.  Leaving the humidity and the taffeta dresses of her accordion marching band behind, Ellen branched out to blue grass, gospel, rock, blues and jazz.  Her eclectic tastes in music include heroes such as Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, Joni Mitchell, and Bonnie Raitt.


Ellen is known for her astonishing vocals, as she gracefully moves among genres from blues to jazz to funk and ballads.  Her percussive rhythm guitar work is well suited to her voice, and she plays solo, in duos and trios, up to a full nine piece band complete with a horn section. She’s won numerous awards for her work, including consideration for two Grammy Award nominations in 1999 and most recently in 2009 for “Four Way Stop.”


Speaking of such, Grammy award producer Dennis Walker had this to say after working on the third CD, Standing at the Sunrise:  “She not only sings like an angel, but brings her own styling and phrasing to every song that is completely individual.  Thank God for Ellen Whyte who is one of the last few who can still sing blues and pop and jazz, and still stand up on a stage and sing big band standards with the best of them.”


Ellen, guitarist  Garry Meziere, and her husband John Mullin, have collaborated with veteran musicians—“The ‘A’ List Commandos,” as Ellen likes to refer to them-- to produce a sophisticated, yet accessible sound that syncs up well with thoughtful and emotional lyrics.

 

In addition to the Northwest, Ellen tours in the Midwest and on the East Coast, West Coast, and was a featured artist in the International Blues festival in Montreal.  Get ready for some “Heart Rockin’ Music” with Ellen Whyte!

“I am proud to say I’ve been able to work with Ellen Whyte on several projects and have always found her to be, to my delight, an incredible singer and a completely professional. She not only sings like an angel, but brings her own styling and phrasing to every song that is completely individual. Thank God for Ellen Whyte who is one of the last few who still can sing blues and pop and jazz and still stand up on a stage and sing big band standards with the best of them.  I consider my association with Ellen to be one of the most gratifying of my career.” 
Dennis Walker
multiple Grammy award winning producer
“Ellen’s a class act. Over the years she’s turned in some of the strongest sets we’ve seen on our stages. It was great to have her back in the line up this year.” 
Peter Dammann
talent coordinator, Waterfront Blues Festival
 “We have had Ellen at the Jazz in the Valley festival for two years and she was the first artists we asked to perform for both nights of the event. She absolutely knocked the socks off everybody at the festival and our patrons demanded that we have her back this year. And besides, she is one sweetheart of a person to work with. Her main goal, every show was to make our festival a success.” 
Larry Sharpe
organizer of the Ellensberg Jazz & Blues Fest

“Every time I hear Ellen Whyte, I’m amazed that she isn’t a much bigger commercial success. She’s a great vocalist, and she chooses good material and she works really hard to connect with her audience. I hope that her hard work is rewarded because she’s paid her dues.”

Dick Waterman
blues historian/former manager to Bonnie Raitt