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John Ellison Performs @ Uplifting Minds II 
11 November 2023

Saturday 11th of November John Ellison will perform his classic song "Some Kind of Wonderful" at the "Uplifting Minds II Entertainment Conference".


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For Your 66th Grammy Consideration "Some Kind of Wonderful"!
11 October 2023

The single "Some Kind of Wonderful" of John Ellison - Soul Brothers Six is up For Your Grammy Consideration in the category "Best American Roots Performance".

Listen the song here: Spotify.

Listen the song here: Apple Music.

Award-winning first-generation soul music singer-songwriter John Ellison (82) wrote and recorded “Some Kind of Wonderful” with his band, Soul Brothers Six, in 1967 for Atlantic Records. To date this standard has been recorded by more than 70 artists (e.g., Grand Funk Railroad, Buddy Guy, Joss Stone, Huey Lewis & the News, and recently Rod Stewart) making it one of the most recorded songs in the history of pop music. Now it's time that the world be introduced to the person who wrote this iconic and classic song and this new version of his own classic hit is now up For Your Grammy Consideration in the category “Best American Roots Performance”. Thank you for considering!


Vocals & Guitars: John Ellison

Backing Vocals: John Ellison, Angela Walls

Bass: Lucien Matheeuwsen

Drums, Percussion, Keyboards: Roger Heijster

Brass: The Jay Horns (Jel Jongen, Serge Plume, Allard Buwalda).

John Ellison New Single "Some Kind of Wonderful" 
11 August 2023

John Ellison - Soul  Brothers Six is very proud to announce his new single "Some Kind of Wonderful"! The new single, which is up for Grammy consideration in the category American Roots Performance, is now available on all streaming platforms. 

Check out the new single here.

John Ellison 2023 USA Tour
14 July 2023

In association with the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame John Ellison will do a tour in August and September 2023.

John will be backed up by the Carpenter Ants delivering his old hits among his classic standard "Some Kind of Wonderful" as well new music from his upcoming Album!

Check out his tour dates here: Tour Dates John Ellison 2023

"Some Kind of Wonderful" Covered by 70+ Artists! 
22 October 2022

Did you know that John's timeless classic "Some Kind of Wonderful" has already been covered by more then 70 artists! Check out this list of SecondHandSongs to see which artist did when cover this great timeless classic!

John Ellison Nominated @ Pop Awards
6 February 2021

Pop Awards has nominated the song "Wake-Up Call (Black Like Me)" in the category Song Of The Year Award 2021.

You can vote for John until March 7, 2021. Thank you!

Songs for Change: BMI Songwriters Call For Action
9 July 2020

BMI songwriters are using their talent and creativity to seize this moment, speak out and call for the change that is long overdue.

Wake-Up Call (Black Like Me) written by the renowned 78-year-old singer/songwriter responsible for “Some Kind of Wonderful,” by Grand Funk Railroad, John Ellison’s “Wake Up Call (Black Like Me)” takes a personal story and turns it into a powerful anthem.

John Ellison Review @ Rolling Stone
18 June 2020
John Ellison Premiere @ "FORBES" 
18 June 2020

Interview with Steve Baltin in FORBES  on the premiere of the new single and fierce protest song "Wake-Up Call (Black Like Me)".

John Ellison: No Strangers to Tragedy!
8 June 2020

I am quite familiar with the pain and suffering that stems from hatred and prejudice simply because of the color of one's skin. When someone's life is taken simply because of the color of their skin, it inflicts a pain that never leaves you.


Because of the tragedies that have occurred in my life, I experience this pain. Day after day, week after week, month after month, and year after year. This is a pain that never goes away. Through it all, I still try to find something positive to hold onto because I know that although this world has a lot of hate in it, there is also a lot of love, and love overpowers hate.


I love America but remember, "This is a Wake-Up Call” up what is going on right now.


I will continue to pray for love, and peace in this world because this world is truly Some Kind of Wonderful!!!


John Ellison

John Ellison Grand Marshall @ "King Coal" 
25 September 2019

West Virginia Music Hall of Fame recording artist John Ellison served as the grand marshal for the 47th King Coal Festival Parade.

John Ellison Honored for his Inspirational Life
24 May 2019

West Virginia Music Hall of Fame inductee John Ellison performed for the children of Piedmont Elementary School and was presented with a legislative citation on Friday.

John Ellison Performs @ WOMAD 2019 
11 May 2019

John Ellison and his 10 piece Soul Orchestra will perform at the WOMAD 2019 festival in Caceres in Spain. The show will be 'Some Kind of Wonderful!'

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