Ellie Williams first came to the attention of the record industry and public after uploading bedroom-recorded demos to the website of fan-funded label Sellaband. Catching the imagination of listeners across the globe, Ellie achieved her goal of raising $50,000 to fund her first studio album in just 50 days – a record that still stands today.
Unseen was released on November 16th 2009, a launch supported by blanket local TV, radio and press coverage, as well as a sold out launch at Exeter’s Phoenix Art Centre. The first single from the album, Fin’s Song, was released simultaneously with the album, reaching number one in the Amazon UK MP3 charts following notable internet buzz and extensive radio play on the BBC.
Following the release of Unseen and due to high demand she began a UK tour. However, in the spring of 2011 testing led to the eventual discovery that Ellie was suffering from Thyroid Cancer, which required surgery on her throat and intensive treatment. However, by November of the same year, she performed live on BBC Radio, marking her return to the music scene.
Ellie completed her second album ‘Hope’ in the Summer of 2012. With songs borne out of her experiences since writing ‘Unseen’, written and recorded whilst having treatment, the album delves deeper into her emotions and finds that in dark times, hope can still be found. With a more uplifting sound, the album experiments with a more electronic and at times rockier feel with songs such as ‘Stars’ and ‘The Last’. There are also spaces for her haunting vocals, perhaps reflected best by the beautiful ‘That Day’. These stunning tracks and her haunting live performances earned Ellie to support internationally acclaimed artists such as Suzanne Vega, Joan Armatrading, Seth Lakeman, Midge Ure and Steve Knightley. So impressed with her performance, Joan Armatrading went on to feature Ellie’s track ‘Lay’ on BBC Radio 2.
Most recently, Ellie composed the track Fool Me (Hedda’s Theme) for upcoming feature film Hedda (release early 2015), which was included in its entirety in a key scene.
Blessed with a sublime voice capable of great delicacy and strength, she follows in the songwriting footsteps of artists such as Kate Bush, Joni Mitchell and Suzanne Vega, her music has been described as having the effect of ‘not so much tugging at the heartstrings, but reaching inside and shaking them.’ Never fearing to touch on subjects close to her heart, she sings about issues that affect all of us, from love and relationships to faith and loss.
She is joined on stage by Dave Ankers and will be touring under the duo’s new name Osito. Of the name change Ellie said ‘Dave and I have been working together for 4 years now, and it felt strange being introduced as Ellie Williams when it is always the two of us’. The name ‘Osito’ means little bear, the pet name she called her son, during her pregnancy.
With high demand for live performances, TV and Radio, 2015 promises to be an exciting year for Osito.