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Elles Bailey, the smokey voiced, human dynamo who has powered her way to the forefront of the British blues and roots scene in recent years, unveiled her eagerly-awaited third album ‘Shining in the Half Light’ in the spring of 2022. Crammed with vibrant originals brought to life with her A-list band, it's another significant step forward in a career already feted with awards & acclaim generated by her two previous studio sets Wildfire and Road I Call Home.
 
Shining in the half light debuted at the top of her native genre charts: #1 in the Official Blues charts; #2 in the Official Americana charts; and #4 in the Official Independent Charts. In a landmark breakthrough for an independent artist, ‘Shining In The Half Light’ also appeared on the RADAR of the UK Charts, reaching #11 in the mid-week album charts, and finishing just a handful of sales away from the UK’s Top 40 at #42. For a fully independent artist, without the clout of a major label, it is one hell of an achievement. What’s more, Elles has won Artist and Live Act of the Year at the prestigious UK Americana Awards 2023 at a star studded ceremony at The Hackney Empire in late Jan and has picked up a hat trick of awards at The UK Blues Awards including Artist, Vocalist and Album of the year for Shining in the Half light.
 
Recorded in those ‘silent’ days during the 2020 lockdowns, all four singles have garnered support from BBC Radio Two and Planet Rock. Cheats & Liars, Sunshine City, The Game & Stones were all added to the Planet Rock A list playlist, with 15 weeks collectively at the top spot on the UK Airplay Charts. The title track ‘Shining in the Half light’ received its first play, along with an interview with Cerys Matthews on the Radio 2 Blues Show. And it not just about getting spins on the radio for this multi talented artist- on the back of all her radio success with Planet Rock she was offered a weekly show and you can now hear Elles every Saturday at Midday on Planet Rock Radio, sharing her love of Rock with a sprinkling of Americana.
 
This self-confessed ‘rolling stone’ continues to do everything she can to call the road her home. 2022 saw Elles play multiple high profile headline festival slots, taking to the high seas to play the Joe Bonasmassa - Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Cruise, opening for Blues Legend Walter Trout and joining Don McLean on his 50th anniversary American Pie UK tour.  In 2023 Elles finally took her chart topping album on the road with a hugely successful UK headline tour coinciding with a deluxe release of the album. Early in 2023 she headlined festivals like Winters End alongside Kris Barras Band and the Von Hertzon Brothers and headed to Germany to open for roots rockers Kitty, Daisy & Lewis in April 2023.  Summer saw her play slots alongside Bonnie Raitt at Black Deer Festival. Main stage at the brand new Maid of Stone fest alongside Airborne, headlining festivals into across the UK and into Europe and opening for Jools Holland at Kew The Music. She also headed to Nashville to play Americana Fest in September.
 
2024 is looking very promising for this far touring chanteuse - there’s a new EP dropping early 2024, rumours of a live album and a new studio album. Plus some very exciting touring opportunities including sharing the stage with Jools Holland again.
 
Miss Bailey really does call the road home & when she arrives near you, don't think twice, get there.  A great evening and a long musical friendship will be waiting. 
After announcing themselves with debut single ‘Tell Me How It Feels’ in May 2021, it was less than 24 hours before the track toppled Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds to take the #1 spot in the iTunes Rock Single Chart. Their 4-track eponymous E.P. quickly followed, also claiming the #1 spot on both the iTunes Rock Album Chart and Amazon Rock Best Sellers Chart. The debut album ‘January Came Close’ was released on October 28th 2022 and within 24 hours had also reached #1, this time on UK’s Amazon Album Chart - besting Taylor Swift’s new album in the process.
In November, the band were tapped by guitar icon Peter Frampton, joining him on his Farewell UK tour and playing to capacity crowds including London’s prized Royal Albert Hall.
 
They may have taken the scenic route but Cardinal Black are finally here, and they've got plenty of stories to tell.

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