R&B / POP Artist Ellis Bailey, born in Aurora IL the young artist lived a life of struggle and hardship. Shortly after his 8th birthday he and his family watched as their home burned down in front of them in the summer of 1995 leaving them homeless for years. Growing up in the tough streets of the Chicago suburb Aurora IL, during the 90’s gave Ellis a tough exterior and a hustler’s mentality; he soon found relief through music and sports. At the age of 19 Ellis suffered from server headaches which later would be diagnose as an enlarged left ventricle of the brain which has led to many painful migraines and dizziness throughout his daily routine. The singer spent 4 years in the US military serving in the United States Air Force; he currently has a brother and other family members along with friends serving in the military and is a firm believer in Supporting Our Troops. His current music project displays his “Mortal Coil” a testament of his life’s endeavors. His talents reach far, Ellis also writes all his songs that engage his listener’s with unique metaphors such as, “I remember way back when I use to crash you like my car” (meaning making love to his ex) from his new song “Crash”. Ellis Bailey is the one to watch !
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
ELLIS BAILEY: I was born in Aurora Il., but I started my music career in Chicago IL. So now I rep both cities
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
ELLIS BAILEY: I have always loved music. I fell in love with music at a young age, but I was a shy kid. I remember in high school I would walk around with my head down writing songs. It took me until I hit my 20’s to break out of my shyness and start my music career. My music career took off in 6 months. Ever since I first took the stage and wowed the crowed I have never looked back. Some of my accomplishments to date are receiving a Chicago Independent Music Awards Nomination for R&B singer of the year, along with my first EP released On ITunes titled “Blissful Dreams” and joining the Respect the Rhythm tour.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
ELLIS BAILEY: I want my voice to be heard around the world. Because I write my own lyrics, it gives me my own identity. Along with that I get feel great being able to take my darkest moments and happiest moments in my life and bring it out through music.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
ELLIS BAILEY: My songs are about love, relationships, and my life’s struggles.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
ELLIS BAILEY: Usher, Ne-Yo, The Dream, and Kanye West have always been some of my favorite artist. It took me to understand their faults and struggles that helped me understand that even when the chips are down you can live through music. The success each has had only gives me the courage and drive I need to make a difference in my music.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
ELLIS BAILEY: I don’t stick to a particular genre. It’s R&B/Pop along with a New Age and alternative feel.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
ELLIS BAILEY: I use different elements of each genre listed and mixed it to make it my own. This makes me stand out from other artist and keeps my music fresh and new. Along with my drive, professionalism, integrity and passion. I believe there is no goal out of reach and there is endless success ahead for me.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in your music career and how did you overcome?
ELLIS BAILEY: The hardest challenge I faced was overcoming my shyness. In order to break out of that I took the stage and took control over my shyness. After my first performance I wowed the crowd, A rush came over me and I never looked back.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
ELLIS BAILEY: After releasing my first EP “Blissful Dreams” available on iTunes, Google Play and all online stores. My new project is titled “SPACELAND” with a release date coming in late May 2014. It’s a little different from the R&B /Pop tracks on “Blissful Dreams.” It takes a slight turn towards the New Age and alternative feel along with a bonus Hip-Hop feature.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
ELLIS BAILEY: I want to build great relationships in the music industry that will help me build a business as a writer, entertainer, entrepreneur in my own brand of fashion and arts. In 10 years I see myself executing my business plan, keeping my brand fresh, and maximizing my potential as a artist and business entrepreneur. I will be establishing myself as a positive role model for my fans and will be an elite artist in music. I will be setting new trends in music and fashion.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
ELLIS BAILEY: Please buy my music on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and all online stores. You can stream my music on all my social sites
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