Ellen had always written songs as a hobby in her spare time, but didn't have the confidence or knowledge of how to turn them into real music.
After a break up with a boyfriend in 2003, Ellen wrote a lot of depressing songs! But she also wrote one she actually liked enough for people to hear. Without any musical knowledge or recording equipment, she turned to her mother.
"I remember calling my mum and saying; "right, I'm going to ring you back, but don't pick up!" I sang the song into her answer machine, Mum called me the next day, to say as a birthday and Christmas present she had booked me into a recording studio in wales to get it turned into a real song!"
The location was the Beehouse Studios on the Shropshire borders. " I was very nervous as I hadn't sung in front of anyone since the church choir as a child. They were very encouraging and coaxed me through the production and recording. At the end of it, I came away with my own song, which I was over the moon with, and they suggested I tried to find a band to sing with to gain some experience.
It was mum again that persuaded me to answer an advert on gumtree, for a local covers band. I still had no confidence, it took all my courage just to call the number."
But not only did she call, but she did the audition and got the job. That was with Cotswold based "Wishful Thinking" Who she sang with for 2 years. "I owe the wishful guys a lot, they were really good to me, taught me about harmonies and just gave me the chance to get out and sing"
Ellen then joined Worcester based blues band "Muleskinner Blues Band"
"Singing the blues was another great education for me, I learnt songs I had never heard of before and learnt to be a real front person"
She continued writing and recording her own music as well, all the time gaining more confidence and new skills.
In 2010 after having a break from singing to have her first baby. Ellen joined the successful function band "The Vibe"
"I had worked with Vic in Wishful Thinking and remained friends over the years, I jumped at the chance to sing with The Vibe as they really are at top class band and lovely people too"
Now at the end of 2012 Ellen has decided to take some time out of the covers to concentrate on her originals.
"I will still do a bit hear and there with The Vibe, but I need a bit of time to express my creative side, so watch this space!"