About the Artist
A New York Session
The amazing story behind Ellen Edwards’ dynamic breakthrough EP, A New York Session begins with her mentor, legendary country artist Suzy Bogguss, loving the Atlanta based singer-songwriter’s songs and hooking up Ellen with her former producer, veteran keyboardist Jason Miles.
Hearing immediate potential in Ellen’s rich, soulful voice and her excellence as a songwriter, Miles assembled a Big Apple based ensemble of session greats – including trumpeter Randy Brecker, pianist Robbie Kondor, bassist Will Lee, guitarist Jeff Mironov and percussionist Richie Morales – to bring spontaneity, soul and grit to Ellen’s well crafted songs and to create a live in the studio experience that inspired many mind-blowing “Can this really be happening?” moments.
“I've wanted to record in a great studio with a top notch engineer and excellent musicians for many years, but the reality of the Shelter Island experience was much more than I could have imagined. From Suzy hooking me up with Jason, and Jason sharing his wisdom, hiring some of the best players NYC has to offer and then recording at Shelter Island Studios. I was fortunate enough to sing with the players the entire time they were recording. It took them all of about 15 minutes to learn each of my songs and find their groove. We were part of a dance, listening intently and gracefully moving in, out and around each other. I'm so grateful to have been a part of creating such beauty, excellence and magic".
Ellen had been writing songs since she was a kid growing up in Upstate New York, and had spent many years performing weddings, parties, corporate and hotel gigs with a trio (featuring her bassist husband Bob) before taking time away to raise a family. She also released several independent albums, including Through the Fields of Home (2001) and You’re the Reason (2017), the latter celebrating her 25th anniversary. Yet working with Miles and his crew, she was suddenly on a whole new level, laying the groundwork for expanding her career as a songwriter and performer.