Mike Ellis
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Mike Ellis

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My music comes from the heart and from the people and experiences that have colored my life. I have enjoyed a passionate love affair with music since I was little. I spent many a Sunday morning throughout the 80's tracking and predicting the American Top 40.

I got a Fender Stratocaster at age 13 and learned how to play rock 'n' roll listening to my Dad's Zeppelin, Doors, Beatles, Creedence, and Cream albums. In the early 90's, I played in a grunge band called Underdog. We had a very small local following but we did our best to capture the angst of the age. Through my 20's I opened up to many different styles of music including hip-hop, R&B, reggae, latin music, sacred music, jazz, blues, just about everything.

Up until the past 5 years, I mostly enjoyed playing other people's music. But as I came into my 30's and started listening to the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Steve Earle, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Lyle Lovett, the Indigo Girls, Jackson Browne, Ani DiFranco and other great "story singers," I realized that I had something to say musically as well.

In my day job, I am a social worker, and I have had the privilege to see both the best and the worst in human beings through my work. Songwriting has been an outlet for trying to make some sense of, or at the very least, honor the difficult paths that many of us have to walk to stay alive. I am grateful to all of the amazing people I have had the privilege to know and for the ways their stories have touched my life. Through my music, I hope to share those gifts with listeners, and in doing so, open their hearts as well.