Grammy Award-winner Anna Wise Collaborates with Guitarist Jelly Ellington on Debut Album - "As If It Were Forever"

GRAMMY Award-winning artist Anna Wise collaborates with Austin blues-rock guitarist Jelly Ellington on her debut album As If It Were Forever via Alpha Pup Records.  Jelly Ellington's guitar work can be heard on track 10 'Mirror', a song that they co-wrote once upon a SXSW. 


As If It Were Forever  available HERE

GRAMMY award-winning musician and producer Anna Wise has announced her forthcoming debut album, As If It Were Forever, out October 18 via Alpha Pup Records, along with a new alt-R&B single "Nerve," which was written in a single evening. 

Anna Wise: As If It Were Forever Album Review via Pitchfork

Read more and listen to "Nerve" via The FADER HEREThe single creates a kinetic ode to spring cleaning relationships. 

 Anna Wise shares, "I created 'Nerve' with Jon Bap and Nick Hakim in a single evening in Brooklyn, NY. Sometimes words and melodies flow out so fast, it's best to have all your tools ready to catch the ideas before they leave you and tap on the next person's shoulder. I had all my tools ready that night, and I'm grateful. Lyrically, it's about spring cleaning your relationships and not being afraid of letting go. Typical, I know, but it's a lesson I am still learning."

 As If It Were Forever finds Anna Wise joined by collaborators including: Little Simz, Jon Bap, Nick Hakim, Denzel Curry, Gwen Bunn, Mndsgn, Carter Lang, Jake Sherman, Pink Siifu, Sid Sriram, Jelly Ellington, Simon Mavin, Paul Bender, Zeke Mishanec, and Dane Orr. Watch the video for the album's first single "What's Up With You?" via Complex HERE.

 Leading up to this album, Anna Wise released five projects as part of experimental R&B bedroom pop outfit Sonnymoon before independently releasing her debut solo EP, The Feminine: Act 1, in 2016. The EP was met with praise from Pitchfork, The Fader, and more for the confrontational, viral anthem "BitchSlut," while "Precious Possession" scored an unforgettable moment on Netflix's Dear White PeopleWise's second EP, The Feminine: Act 2 followed in 2017 to features from NPR and Beats 1, with single "Some Mistakes" hand-picked by Sir Elton John. Shows on Netflix, HBO and OWN have since utilized her contemporary sound. Wise is also a collaborator of Kendrick Lamar, having appeared on each of his projects since Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, and received a GRAMMY for Best Rap/Sung Performance for her collaboration with Lamar on "These Walls."

"A lucid set of dream-pop and R&B designed to uplift the masses" – NPR

"[Wise is] becoming a main-stage attraction in her own right" – Pitchfork

"'The Feminine: Act II,' [is] a curiously inventive work that mixes future-funk, dusty R&B and experimental pop. Like singer-innovators such as Erykah Badu, Dawn Richard and Björk, Wise's best work transcends genre. The only constant? Her willingness to explore the outer edges of contemporary pop music." - LA Times

"New single 'What's Up With You?' and its accompanying video find her going in an entirely new musical and lyrical direction " – Complex

"Music doesn't get any more authentic than Anna Wise" – Paper

"Hypnotic songwriter" - Rolling Stone

"Anna Wise declares the power in womanhood" - The FADER

"Wise continues to demonstrate the high level of her craft and singularity of her vision." – Stereogum

"Anna Wise is trailblazing feminist pop" – Vogue

"Instantly iconic" - Wonderland Magazine

"The visuals synchronizes perfectly with the rising synths and warm brass of the song itself, reflecting the harmony experienced on set between the women." - Consequence of Sound

"Anna Wise, purveyor of damn good music with damn good lyrics and some damn good beats..." – Milk

"Her words are powerful" - Salon

Jelly to play in second One Road Austin at Antone's Oct.30!


ONE ROAD AUSTIN returns for a second year to the legendary Antone’s Night Club in Austin, Texas on Wednesday, October 30th.

This year’s show titled ONE ROAD AUSTIN: Songs Of Love, Equity & Soul will showcase over 20 Austin artists and bands performing popular selections from classic legends such as Sam Cooke, The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Marvin Gaye and Santana. 

Artists confirmed to appear include: Kalu James, Como Las Movies, Tomar Williams of the FCs, Vallejo, Deezie Brown, Kiko Villamizar, Nagavalli, J Soulja, The Watters, Lesly Reynaga, Jai Malano, Haydn Vitera, Roland of Roots Riddim, Stephanie Bergara of Bidi Bidi Banda, Curtis Lee, Johnny Goudie of Skyrocket, Josh Ross of Blackheart Saints, a special performance by School Of Rock Austin plus special surprise guests. 

“This time around, we wanted to feature songs in the show that had more of a message about love and unity” explains music director Alex Vallejo. “But present it through the inspiring and soulful classics that everyone has cherished for years.” 

The concert will run as one continuous soundtrack of legendary covers and original compositions backed by the ONE ROAD AUSTIN House Band featuring Jelly Ellington (guitar), Aric Garcia (drums), Jonas Saks (bass), Cole Gramling (keys) and Curtis Lee on vocals.

ONE ROAD AUSTIN is being produced by EPS Presents (Event Production Services) benefitting EQ Austin, a new community based non-profit organization with a mission to stimulate cultural representation in the creative sector. 

Tickets are on sale now and doors are at 7:00pm (CT). Show starts at 7:30pm. $10 tickets in advance or $15 at the door.


EP Release Exclusive Listening Party Announced!

Jelly Ellington Butterfly EP Release and Listening Party

Join Jelly Ellington for a listening experience to celebrate the release of his Butterfly EP. Friday August 2, 2019 at Austin’s fabulous 512 Studios, 8PM to Midnight. This event is sponsored by 512 Radio, Iron Wolf Ranch and Distillery, and Tequila 512.

This event is 21+ and *subject to capacity.*
GA ticket ($15) includes drinks, bites, and Butterfly EP download.
VIP admission ($30) includes drinks, bites, Butterfly EP download, a unisex limited edition Jelly t-shirt (sizes may be limited).

Butterfly EP will be played in the main studio at the top of the hour each hour, listening experiences will be available in the sound booths before and after. DJ Father Rhyme will be spinning tracks throughout the night!


Jelly Announces "Jelly's Guitar Jam," a monthly residency in Austin, TX.

Jelly’s Guitar Jam features Texas’ finest guitar slingers. The event will take place on the first Tuesday of every month at OneOne Bar in Austin, TX. 10% of each event will benefit an Austin charity.

10% of ticket proceeds for Jelly’s first event will benefit the SIMS Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides mental health and substance use recovery services for musicians, music industry professionals, and their families to support the well-being of the Austin music community.

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Upcoming Festival: Jelly Ellington to play Carrollton's 9th Annual Festival At The Switchyard with Vertical Horizon, Tonic and Stone Temple Pilots

CARROLLTON, T.X. — November 3, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Downtown Carrollton (1106 S. Broadway Street) The festival is free and Jelly hits the main stage at 2 p.m. For more information click here.

Check out the festival playlist below:


Thank you to everybody who came and raged SXSW with us down in Austin! I'm so grateful for you all, and for my smokin' band for killing it with me all week!