Katherine Ellis

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Katherine Ellis
Also known as Katherine Ellis, Kathy Wood, Bimbo Jones
Origin Bromley, England
Genres Dance,funky house, disco house
Labels Various
Website Official Website

Katherine Ellis (born Katherine Jane Margaret Wood on 21 June 1965 in Bromley, England) is an English dance music vocalist and songwriter. A mainstay of the genre past and present, she has been making records since 1990.

Background[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Ellis is her married name, and she is mother to two sons. Her husband, Max Ellis, is a professional phototographer and her brother Thomas is a theatre actor.

Professional career[edit]

She records under the aliases Katherine Ellis, Kathy Wood, Arrola and K. Ellis and her maiden name Katherine Wood. [Note 1]

Katherine has been a vocalist since the age of 15, performing lead and backing vocals. Her touring credits include that of working with Belinda Carlisle, Chaka Khan, Boy George and Roger Sanchez.

She has recorded with a variety of prominent names in dance music including Freemasons, Soul Avengerz, Dave Lee, Roger Sanchez, Meat Katie, Dylan Rhymes, Lee Coombs and Tom Stephan.

From 1997 to 2000, Ellis was the vocalist for Ruff Driverz, singing "Deeper Love," "Don't Stop," "Shame," and the international hit "Dreaming" (for which she also wrote the Spanish topline for under the credited alias name of 'Arrola').[1]

In 2008, Ellis' releases included "When You Touch Me" with Freemasons (Loaded), "Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent" with 7th Heaven (Hard2Beat), "Poza (Got What I Need)" with Countparis (Eyezcream), "Do It" with DJ Prom (GFab), "Gotta Get Through" with Paul Emanuel & Gav McCall (Born to Dance), and "One Luv" with Soul Avengerz (Milk & Sugar/One Love Recordings); as well as "Laisser Toucher" with Cerrone which is featured in the French film, Disco!.

In 2009, her releases include the re-release of "Dreaming", "You're Mine" with Solitaire (Muzik K) and "Time 2 Play" with Soulshaker (Audiofreaks) as well as an acoustic version of "Hideaway" featured on New State Music's UnClubbed Album. She also wrote and performed two tracks, "Control" and "You Make Me Crazy" that featured on Lee Coombs' 2009 album, Light & Dark.

Ellis is also a member of the band Bimbo Jones, who are signed to Tommy Boy Records. The group released its album Harlem 1 Stop in late 2008. Ellis received cowriting and vocal credit for all tracks, including lead single "And I Try",[2] which reached No. 1 on the US Billboard 's Hot Dance Club Songs chart in October 2008.[3]

Aside from her music career, Ellis has also done film and television commercial work. She was heard as the vocalist on the Gaviscon "What A Feelin'" advertisement in the UK. She also sang on the soundtrack to the 2013 film Gravity.

Discography & writing credits[edit]

Featured vocalist

  • 1990 Less Stress featuring Katherine Wood / "Don't Dream It's Over" / Junior Boy's Own (Vocalist)
  • 1991 Bocca Juniors / "Substantially Soulful" / Junior Boys Own (Vocalist)
  • 1995 Kathy Wood / "Give me Joy" / Phuture Trax (Vocalist)
  • 1996 Eruption featuring Katherine Wood / "Let The Music" (Vocalist)
  • 1997 Eruption featuring Katherine Wood / "Reach Out" (Vocalist)
  • 1997 Eruption featuring Katherine Wood / "Surrender" (Vocalist)
  • 1997 Ruff Driverz / "Don't Stop" / Undisputed & Inferno (Vocalist) UK No. 30[1]
  • 1997 Ruff Driverz / "Deeper Love" / Inferno (Vocalist) UK No. 19[1]
  • 1998 Ruff Driverz / "Shame" / Inferno (Vocalist) UK No. 51[1]
  • 2006 Roger Sanchez featuring Lisa Pure & Katherine Ellis / "Lost" / Stealth Recordings (Vocalist)
  • 2007 ASBO featuring Katherine Ellis / "Let the Beat Hit 'Em" / Hed Kandi Records (Vocalist)
  • 2007 Wilder & Clarke featuring Katherine Ellis / "Stand Up" / Hed Kandi Records (Vocalist)
  • 2008 Cerrone vs Katherine Ellis / "Laisser Toucher" / Maligator Productions (Vocalist)
  • 2008 7th Heaven featuring Katherine Ellis / "Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent" / Unreleased Ministry of Sound (Vocalist)
  • 2009 Katherine Ellis / "Hideaway" / UnClubbed (Album) / New State Music (Vocalist)
  • 2010 DJ Nick Corline vs Katherine Ellis / "I Love This Life (Could You Be Loved)" / Net's Work International (Vocalist)
  • 2010 Oxford Hustlers & Katherine Ellis / "Love U More" / Fierce Angel (Vocalist)
  • 2011 ASBO featuring Katherine Ellis / "Let the Beat Hit 'Em" (Stefano Noferini Mix) / Hed Kandi Records (Vocalist)
  • 2012 Jolyon Petch & Sam Hill vs Katherine Ellis / "Sexydancer" / Club Luxury Records (Vocalist)
  • 2012 Utah Saints vs Drumsound & Bassline Smith / What can you do for me / Ministry of Sound (Vocalist)
  • 2013 Booker T featuring Katherine Ellis / Give me joy / Liquid Deep Records (Vocalist)
  • 2013 7th Heaven featuring Katherine Ellis / Love is alive / Forthcoming – 7H Label (Vocalist)

Vocalist and writer/co-writer

  • 1998 Ruff Driverz presents Arrola / "Dreaming" / Inferno (Vocalist/Writer) UK No. 10[1]
  • 1999 Ruff Driverz presents Arrola / "La Musica" Inferno (Vocalist/Writer) UK No. 14[1]
  • 2000 La Fiesta / "Dreaming" / Oxyd Records (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2001 W.O.S.P / "Gettin' Into U" / Data Records (Vocalist/Writer) UK No. 48[4]
  • 2002 ATFC featuring Katherine Ellis / "Fakerman" OnePhatDeeva (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2002 Raven Maize / "Fascinated" / Data Records (Vocalist/Writer) UK No. 37[5]
  • 2004 Dylan Rhymes featuring Katherine Ellis / "Salty" / Kingsize Records (Vocalist/Writer) UK No. 70[6]
  • 2004 Lee Coombs featuring Katherine Ellis/ "Shiver" / Finger Lickin' Records / Azuli Records (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2005 Tom Stephan featuring Katherine Ellis/ "Here I Come" / Chumbomundo Records (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2005 Dylan Rhymes featuring Katherine Ellis / "Sugar DJ" / Kingsize Records (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2006 Mark Knight featuring Katherine Ellis / "Insatiable" / Toolroom Records (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2006 Tom Stephan featuring Katherine Ellis / "DOG" / Chumbomundo Records (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2006 Soul Flava featuring Katherine Ellis / "We Got Love" / DTPM/Blue Cube (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2006 Lee Coombs featuring Katherine Ellis / "Control" / Thrust Recordings (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2006 Meat Katie featuring Katherine Ellis / "What I Like" / "Lot 49" (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2006 Meat Katie featuring Katherine Ellis / "Round & Round" / Adrift Records (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2007 Cerrone featuring Katherine Ellis / "Loverboy" / Maligator Productions (Vocalist/Co-Writer)
  • 2007 Jason Herd featuring Katherine Ellis / "So Strong" / J Funk Recordings (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2007 Matteo Esse & Sant featuring Katherine Ellis / "Not Hanging Around" / Cosmonote Blue (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2008 Soul Avengerz featuring Katherine Ellis / "One Luv" (One Love Recordings/Milk & Sugar) (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2008 Countparis & Katherine Ellis / "Poza (Got What I Need)" / Eyezcream Recordings (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2008 Prom featuring Katherine Ellis / "Do It" / Gfab (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2008 Paul Emanuel & Gav McCall featuring Katherine Ellis / "Gotta Get Thru" / Born to Dance Records (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2008 Tim Belcher & Katherine Ellis / "Stiletto Strutt" / Fourthcoming on Cosmonote Blue Records (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2008 Freemasons featuring Katherine Ellis / "When You Touch Me" / Loaded Records (Vocalist/Writer) UK No. 30
  • 2009 Ruff Driverz presents Arrola / "Dreaming 2009" / Maelstrom (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2009 Lee Coombs featuring Katherine Ellis / "Control" / Light & Dark (Album) Lot49 (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2009 Lee Coombs featuring Katherine Ellis / "You Make Me Crazy" / Light & Dark (Album) Lot49 (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2009 Solitaire and Katherine Ellis / "You're Mine" / Mukik K Records (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2009 Soulshaker and Katherine Ellis / "Time 2 Play" / Audiofreaks (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2010 Mr D.Y.F and Katherine Ellis / "All Day Lover" (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2010 Katherine Ellis and 3DR Mafia / "Little Bit of Love" (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2010 Alex Nocera & Katherine Ellis / "Living for the Sundown" / Net's Work International (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2010 Regi & Katherine Ellis / "High on Your Love" / Registrated 2 (Album) Mostiko (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2010 Juan Kidd & Felix Baumgartner vs Katherine Ellis / "All You Need" Subliminal Records (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2011 Katherine Ellis & Addict DJs / "I'm Coming Out" / Ambassade/Pool e Music (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2011 Katherine Ellis & The Studiopunks / "Feed the Fire" / Vendetta Records/Blanco Y Negro (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2011 Samuel Sartini featuring Katherine Ellis / "Jumping" / Do It Yourself Records (Vocalist/Co-Writer)
  • 2011 Katherine Ellis vs Craig C and Xtra Agenda / "Somebody Close" / Nine Records (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2011 Elektrik Disko & Katherine Ellis / "Nothin' but luv" / Club Luxury Records (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2012 Mr DYF & Katherine Ellis / "All day lover" / Starlight Records (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2012 Raven Maize / "Fascinated (Alex Kenji Remixes)" / Z Records (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2012 Steve Forest & Katherine Ellis / The real thing / Sound of Pirates (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2012 Steven Lee & Granite starring Katherine Ellis / "Siempre Tu" / Launch Entertainment LLC (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2012 Paul Morrell & Katherine Ellis / "That ain't the way (to show me love)" / Whore House Records (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2012 Paul Morrell & Katherine Ellis featuring Dan W / "No trouble" / Big in Ibiza (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2012 Bimbo Jones / "And I try (Bisbetic & Lee Dagger Remix)" / Tommy Boy Records (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2013 Freemasons featuring Katherine Ellis / "Tears" / Freemaison (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2013 Katherine Ellis vs Hugo Kalfon and Rio dela Duna / "Are U out there?" / S2G Productions (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2014 Andrea Martini & Katherine Ellis / "Set free" / Emotive Sounds (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2014 ATFC featuring Katherine Ellis / "Fakerman" Conkrete (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2014 Pegasus featuring Katherine Ellis / "Cold Light of Day" (Album Track) Freemaison (Vocalist/Writer)

Writing Credits

  • 2001 M&S Presents the Girl Next Door / "The Salsoul Nugget (If U Wanna)" (Writer) UK No. 6
  • 2003 4Tune 500 / "Dancing in the Dark" / Black Gold (Writer)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ She has no connection with two American performers with the same name: vocalist Katherine E (also born Katherine Ellis, whose well-known single was "Then I Feel Good", released in 1991, even though some biographies and websites have understandably mistaken the two artists as being the same person, as well as having the same vocal range) and the actress Katherine "Kate" Ellis (born 1981), who appeared as a regular on Days of our Lives, in the 2001 Disney movie Motocrossed and the 2003 film Old School.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 474. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ Del Mar, Pollo (2 December 2008). "Katherine Ellis Is One Smart Bimbo". San Francisco Bay Guardian. Retrieved 4 October 2009. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Chart History." Billboard.com. Retrieved 4 October 2009.
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 589. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 451. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  6. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 459. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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