Genres: Folk Rock/Pop Rock
Members of E’lissa Jones Band: E'lissa Jones ~ Vocals/Violin/Guitar/Piano, Mickey Kopchak ~ Bass/Vocals, Michael Robert Hickey ~ Drums, Mark McNutt ~ Lead Guitar
E'lissa Jones is a beautiful singer, prolific songwriter, violinist, pianist, and guitarist. She is an exceptionally talented artist with a wide range that includes a dark and melancholy voice with a velvety quality. Her songs embrace audiences with her powerful melodies and expressive lyrics. Influential styling ranges from folk music, rock, in her catalogue of over 250 original songs.
Born into a musically gifted family, E'lissa began singing and playing piano around the age of five. "At a very early age, my mother trained her girls to sing harmony and play the piano. At the age of 5, I remember my mother keeping us up late singing in thirds with one another. We were to be the next ‘Jones Girls’."
E'lissa wrote her first song at the age of seven and began studying violin at the age of ten. By eleven, she was writing love songs and short classical works for violin and piano. While classically trained as a violinist, E'lissa is largely self-taught as a vocalist and guitarist.
This young artist has performed background vocals from 2001 to 2006 with blues legend Wilson Pickett, touring with Ray Charles, Al Green, and many more. E'lissa in her folk music realm has also opened up for legend Pete Seeger, Steve Forbert, and has played violin for old favorites like Bobby Vee.
E'lissa has recorded and released six albums, Shadows (1997), This Melodie (2003), Anymore (2008), Sweet as the Sun (2010), Like Water (2011). Her latest CD Fire & Sun was released August 2015. Music videos include Sweet Surrender, After All This Time, and Rein Me In. Music and videos are available on ITunes and YouTube. In addition, her music can also be enjoyed in the 2014 film Strings Attached.
Currently, E'lissa Jones plays violin in two string quartets, Vivace and Andante, and continues to perform her original material with her backing band whether duo, trio, or the entire group in the New York Tri-State Area.
"E'lissa Jones Band concert at Railroad Green draws Record Crowd"
Audience estimated to be well over 700 fans Warwick NY 2015
~The Warwick Advertiser
"E'lissa Jones Draws Record Crowd"
Season's final show Warwick NY on the Village Green 2013
~The Warwick Advertiser
"Best Multitalented Musician in the Hudson Valley 2012"
~Hudson Valley Magazine
"Singer-Songwriter of the year 2010"
"Readers Choice ~ Best Solo Artist in 2009 of Orange County NY"
~Times -Herald Record
"WOW! This is a woman with a strong, velvet smooth voice, who is bound to be a star"
~Casco Bay Weekly
"She sings messages of strength and wisdom simply by telling her own stories... and the songs are pretty."
"Whether she's playing the world-wise woman, innocent little girl, or political rabble rouser, Jones has a great ear for style and melody that makes this particular Melodie most memorable."
~The Portland Phoenix