Harrogate native and locally favored singer/songwriter Chris Ellis recently announced he had signed his first record deal. The deal with Chappell Entertainment Corporation came shortly after Ellis impressed representatives of the label when he opened for Molly Hatchet, Blackfoot and Jimmie Van Zant at the first ever ‘Smoke in the Valley’ festival in Tazewell, Tennessee.
Since signing with Chappell, Ellis has continued to perform locally whenever possible, all the while pursing further options with both the singing and songwriting portions of his career. His hard work and dedication is continuously paying off as the up and coming artist is making strides in leaps and bounds in his career, garnering new opportunities at every turn.
In addition to the Chappell deal, Ellis most recently closed a publishing deal with Audio Motion Music. The deal was secured through Chappell Entertainment but is a separate contract with a different company. The publishing deal entails three of Ellis’ songs, as well as any songs he writes and sends to the publishing company through the duration of the contract. The songs will be pitched for movies, television shows, video games and even to artists currently on the radio. During the contract period, Ellis will also be pitched to record labels, future shows and basically any opportunity related in the music industry directly from his songwriting.
Saturday night Ellis performed for his fans at one of his regular local venues — The Oasis. The Valentine’s show was just like the show the week before and the plethora of shows he has played at the popular pizza parlor — successful. Singing a wide variety of cover songs as well as originals, the popular performer sang something for everyone. From classic covers of The Rolling Stones and Lynyrd Skynyrd to newer artist Eric Church and everyone in between — including a mix of 90’s pop songs with his own twist, Ellis sang into Valentine’s Day for the crowd packed into the showroom, putting his unique spin on the covers, making each song his own.
Throughout his performance, Ellis repeatedly thanked the crowd for their support and for allowing him to continue on in his career.
“Thank you all so much for coming out tonight … I hope everyone has had as much fun as I have had,” said Ellis.
Among the crowd, Ellis had numerous longtime fans which he addressed by name throughout the show. His number one fan, his mother Sandy, was in attendance at the show just as she always is, cheering and videoing her pride and joy as she watches him following his dream. Sandy says she has watched her son strive for success singing since the young age of the three when he performed for the first time at Harrogate Preschool. Sandy has been by her son’s side as they have travelled for 12 hours at a time just to try out for a music based reality television show only to be disappointed with a several minute audition that would be at no avail. Sandy also moved with Chris to Nashville for a short stint so he could continue to pay his dues as he moves forward in his career. Sandy says she could not be prouder of Chris and is thankful that God has blessed him this far in his career.
Fans can follow Ellis on all social media platforms and those interested in booking a show for the spring or summer can email [email protected]
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