Music Lovers, Check Them Out!

Ellery, friendly

Ellery, pensive

Ellery, in button form

Have you ever heard of the group Ellery?
(excerpt from website biography) Ellery is comprised of husband-wife team Tasha and Justin Golden, who released their debut album, “Lying Awake,” in 2006 with Seattle’s Virt Records. Having met with critical acclaim that year, including national press and nominations for Artist and Album of the Year in Cincinnati, they followed in 2007 by releasing their live album, “What I’ve Said Out Loud,” a live DVD that was filmed for PBS, and a holiday EP that was free to their fans. That year also saw them win the Mountain Stage NewSong International Songwriting Contest, and open for artists such as Hem, Over the Rhine, Vienna Teng, Ingrid Michaelson, and Edwin McCain. In December, they were selected by Paste Magazine as a semi-finalist in it’s “RockNReel” indie artist contest.
In 2008, Ellery continued their nonstop touring, showcasing for the International Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis, and opening for artists such as Teddy Thompson, Ellis Paul, Dar Williams and Lucy Kaplansky. That fall, “Songs for Lovers” was featured on American Songwriter’s new web launch, and Ellery was again selected by Paste Magazine as a semi-finalist in it’s “RockNReel” contest. Ellery continues to tour the US, and their songs have been heard on TV dramas, in Starbucks, and on radio around the country and in the UK.
What is not listed on their website is that they are my brother and sister-in-law, and they are great! Their previous records have been produced by Mitch Dane (ever heard of Jars of Clay?), and Ric Hordinski (ever heard of Over the Rhine or Phil Keaggy?), and this time they are working with Grammy award winning producer Malcom Burn, (ever heard of Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Sarah McLachlan, Ryan Adams, etc), and we are so excited for them!!
Anyway they have just announced their 2009 pre-order. You can get digital downloads, a copy of their cd, free entry to a concert, or lots of other things depending on what option you choose. This is a win-win situation as you can get the music at a discounted price, and help them to fund this project up front.
Please check out the links for more information if you’re interested. They explain it all better than I do, but I can’t help but get involved in a little shameless promotion as both a fan and proud little sister! 🙂

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