First and foremost I've been a singer-songwriter since age 9, when I first picked up a guitar and created my first songs. I performed in several places and countries, sometimes as a solo artist and sometimes as part of Matthews Southern Comfort or as backing vocalist for Canadian troubadour Shannon Lyon. Lately I've not been performing as much at all because I just want to do what I'm good at: write music, play and sing my songs. Finding a stage and audience that can truly appreciate my melancholy, quiet music has been tough and I quit playing at busy bars or other unsuitable venues that don't offer any fee. As with many creative jobs it seems hard for outsiders to understand why we would ask money for our skill and our services, same goes for drawing comic strips. And I'm not going around trying to convince people I'm good enough, begging for a paid gig, so I just stopped altogether. Conveniently, at the same time, I had a writers block for about a year or so. Too much had happened, relationships had ended and it was just all too much. By the time I did start writing songs about it all I wasn't able to sing them 'cause I'd start sobbing each time. It was too fresh and one can't really sing and sob at the time so I gave in to the nothingness. And then, when once in a while there is an opportunity that offers itself to me, like playing in a forest at a summer festival or the chance to play at an intimate living room festival, I take it with both hands. Last Sunday I played at a festival that took place in over 500 living rooms in 15 cities around The Netherlands 'Muziek bij de buren'. It was so was wonderful to have a really attentive audience listening to my newest songs, the songs I wrote in the past year and a half and that I could never play without crying. It's a blessing to feel I've worked through all the feelings and these songs are ready to go out into the world to be heard. I taped a couple of songs for this recent performance. If you are curious click on this beautiful photo below, made by Lotte Brouwers, and it'll take you to seven song videos. ♥ If you liked a song please do like the video for me and if you want to stay updated on my music videos just hit the subscribe button. Until next time... (Click here if the photo link doesn't work)
Music had left me a long while ago. It's back now, but as with everything it must be fluid so I don't expect it to stick around. -NEW song, NEW video- Never before did a song of mine have so many different meanings and layers for me. They usually had one meaning or were about one situation. This one expands, for me, over time and space, it's about you, it's about me, we are all one. Everything entwined, living and dying all at the same time, round and round we go in this magnificent, bittersweet experience. Will you follow me where I go Will you follow me where I go. This path is so crooked, but it's truly mine. I came in barefoot, across the borderline. How I struggled uphill, mountains of men. Grew into a landslide, came down again. Came down again. Will you follow me where I go Will you follow me where I go. Want to find more of my music, visit my music website ♥
I’ve started writing in English again, my heart wants to. Here’s a demo for a new song
I wrapped it in soft linen
And I placed it on the table
I made sure the table’s sturdy
I made sure it wouldn’t fall
I watched it as you picked it up
Caressed it, held it in your arms
And I closed my eyes a moment
To let it sink in
And every so often I would
Pick it up to check it
It looked perfect like it did
When I put it there
Then I saw you hold it with a frown
And quickly after you put it down
And we watched
As it fell to the floor
You said you didn’t care for it at this time
And you want to return what is rightfully mine
And you broke it before you returned it
You said it doesn’t do it for me anymore
So I don’t know what I would be doing it for
So I broke it and I’m returning it
You said you can have it back, coz it’s broken anyway
Toen singer-songwriter Elly Kellner negen jaar oud was schreef ze heel waarschijnlijk haar eerste liedje. In 2014 bleek ze haar duizendste lied te hebben geschreven ‘Zo Lief’ en in het jaar daarop wilde ze graag een Nederlandstalige plaat maken. Er waren teveel songs om uit te kiezen en van dit luxeprobleem maakte ze een klein feestje door eind 2015 haar eigen songfestival te organiseren. Na de eerste voorselectie bleven er twintig liedjes over waar de publieksjury punten aan gaf. De tien hoogst scorende vind je op haar nieuwe album Zinken & Zweven; de volgorde is geen willekeur maar ook gebaseerd op de uitslag van de jury. ‘In M’n Buik’ en ‘Liefde Te Geven’ delen samen de eerste plaats, nummers 11 en 12 zijn bonustracks die Elly graag extra wilde toevoegen.
Mandoline, Bas, Drums, Percussie, Gitaren: Elektrisch, Akoestisch, Ebow, Resonator
Akoestische Gitaar, Zang, Fitnessbal, Belly Rub, Elektrische Gitaar bij ‘De Toren’ en ‘Slaap Je Inspiratie’, Casio bij ‘Slaap Je Inspiratie’
Productie: BJ Baartmans en Elly Kellner
Tekst, Muziek & Artwork: Elly Kellner
Illustratie: Eliza Klein
Opname, Mix & Master: Studio Wildverband, Boxmeer
Opgenomen in de winter 2015/2016
You rarely see or hear them. They sit in their houses with cups of tea, buzzing ideas and many unanswered questions. Their eyes seek and find, their brains create and unwind. Among the 66.000 inhabitants of the Burgundian city of Bergen op Zoom (The Netherlands) there are many Creatives silently at work. And when it’s done… it is there for the whole world to see while they are already working on the next thing. Artists, musicians, thinkers and do-ers each filling their spot in this quaint place. For this video we were able to ‘catch’ and portray eight Creatives but ofcourse there are several more to be found in the wild. Seek, and ye shall find.
‘The Creatives’ was written by singer-songwriter Elly Kellner 4th July 2015. All creatives were then filmed in Bergen op Zoom (The Netherlands) by singer-songwriter Elly Kellner at the end of 2015/start of 2016. Please visit each artist personal website to see more of their work, click below:
Here we are! In the space of three weeks Shannon Lyon, BJ Baartmans and I have given sixteen concerts. It was a big deal for me and although it was only the third time for me I managed very well. Life on the road can be tough. I made a short video for each day we were on the road. You can view these vlogs now in a special playlist…enjoy!
I never thought I’d hear myself in a television series but alas it has happened!
The song ‘In all honesty’ from the album ‘The lights behind’ (Shannon Lyon with backing vocals Elly Kellner) can now be heard in the Canadian Police series ‘Rookie Blue’. They are already in season 6 and in episode 3 you can hear us singing smoothly and gently 🙂
The last couple of weeks have been interesting and boring at the same time. My computer had a serious breakdown and was in the hospital for over three weeks. Luckily the doctor, my dear brother, was able to fix the machine and save all the files on there. I had been working on a nice project for Shannon Lyon. I sang backing vocals on his song ‘Girl from Manitoba’ and I was in the process of making a video for it too. Now…I finally got to finish it 🙂 A song and video to welcome Springtime in 🙂
Song taken from Shannon Lyon album LOST CREEK (2015) featuring Elly Kellner, Mike Roelofs and BJ Baartmans. There is also a Canadian version of this video, check it out here.