Chipping Sodbury singer features in television show Brilliant Britain

Chipping Sodbury singer songwriter Elles Bailey

Chipping Sodbury singer songwriter Elles Bailey

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A CHIPPING Sodbury singer songwriter has featured on a television show showcasing the best of Bristol.

Elles Bailey, whose voice has been described as the love child of Etta James and Janice Joplin, recorded an acoustic set for the show, called Brilliant Britain, which features the unsung and lesser known parts of Bristol and surrounding areas.

Elles, whose song Who Am I To Me is well known across America where it has been used for a major television advertising campaign for iShares, has been playing keyboard, song writing, recording and performing for the last nine years.

She had fronted well-known indie bands supporting artists such as The Sugababes and Scouting for Girls and other similar acts but decided to take the solo route in late 2012.

Elles suffered a serious illness at the age of just three which left in her a coma. To keep her alive a tube was put in her throat, leaving her with a husky voice that gets her recognition wherever she plays.

Her song Dying Age featured on an episode of Brilliant Britain on Sunday (February 16). The programme has been headed up by Bristol lass Clare Gill and was shot by local filmmakers and created by students from the University of the West of England.

Elles said: “My acoustic set was filmed in Elberton at the home of my producer Brian Banks, who worked on Michael Jackson’s Thriller album.

“Brian and I are half way through my new album, which should be released next year.”

The episode also features local not for profit organisations Sustrans, Lawrence Weston Farm, The Island and the Bristol Pound as well as 81-year old fitness instructor Dorene Hargreaves, who was recognized in the 2013 New Year’s Honours list.

The episode will be shown again on the Community Channel at 8pm on Sunday, February 24 and 7am on Monday, February 25 and will be available on catch up platforms and the Community Channel’s YouTube channel.

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