“Artist I really like, I’ve been a fan of hers for about 4 years……”
“If you’re into Amy, Adele, Jessie Ware I think you’ll love this”
“Elli Ingram is a musical goddess” Clara Amfo // Radio 1
“Brighton siren sashays towards the big time” Q Magazine
“an album oozing class” Sunday Times Culture
“There’s a rawness in her delivery that couldn’t be more unique” NME
“(Elli Ingram) is on the brink of very big things” i-D magazine
“She’ll get first glance Amy Winehouse and Adele comparisons but it looks like she has enough personality of her own to end up in a class of one” Evening Standard
This autumn rising star Elli Ingram celebrated her critically acclaimed debut album, “Love You Really”, with an exclusive sold-out show at London’s Omeara. Having cemented her reputation as an extraordinary live performer, Elli now announces her first UK headline tour, kicking off early 2018.
Ingram, whose widely acclaimed mini-album ”The Doghouse marked her out as an artist of unusual complexity and power for one so young, finally released, via Island Records, the eagerly awaited Love You Really, proving conclusively what all the fuss was about for this 24 year old Brighton native. The three songs which heralded the release of the album ‘Table For Two’, ‘Better Alone’ and ‘Stone Cold’ and the accompanying visuals, as well as the stunning album cover, point to an artist of rare honesty who continues to provoke thought and challenge with her music.
No Brit School alumni, Elli developed her impressive vocals first in her bedroom, then gigging in her hometown of Brighton. Drawing comparisons to Amy Winehouse and Adele, she grew up in a musical house: her dad performing in a classic rock cover band, her mum listening to Joni Mitchell, reggae and ska and her sister playing piano. Now, having toured Europe with Chase & Status and sung to a crowd of more than 10,000 at Glastonbury, she says the stage is where she feels most at home: “It’s the best feeling. I feel relaxed and safe in a weird sort of way. Especially when it’s dark and you can’t really see anyone and it’s just me. I love it.”
“I was fortunate enough to play demo’s on my shows here at the BBC by Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen, Erykah Badu and Jill Scott. All premiers. And this is another one I think I’m gonna be proud of in a few years. Remember the name, Mali Hayes” Gilles Peterson // BBC 6 Music
“A really great new British female vocalist from Manchester. She’s got a real un-flashy kind of approach which I really like. Kind of a milder Jill Scott / Erykah Badu, definitely one to watch. We’ll be hearing a lot more from her I’m sure!” Jamie Cullum // BBC Radio 2
“It’s so convenient these days to introduce a new talent by comparing them with other ‘similar’ established artists, somewhere in the same zone of musical ability. To play that lazy game would do a great disservice to this wonderful new artist. Great singers capture the true beat of a heart, the stillness in the air, the scent on breeze or how dark and deep the night seems. Mali’s pure, simple, mellifluous voice is able to do this and at her tender age the best is yet to come. Mali’s supple voice floats over the brilliantly apt musical arrangements, flowing and ebbing, gently twisting through her songs. It’s a blissful experience!” Elliot Rashman (ex Simply Red Manager)