As the free download culture continues to challenge the music industry, Ellie Lawson proves that it is still possible for independent artists to take their careers into their own hands and forge a new path. The folk-pop singer-songwriter has become the first artist sponsored by a fashion brand to tour retail shops in the UK. Her ten-stop “Through the Glass” Tour kicked off on May 29, 2010, and she can be seen from Brighton to Dublin, Cardiff to Covent Garden, performing with her acoustic band in Quicksilver storefront windows as part of her sponsorship deal with Quicksilver Women.
Lawson has previously played at the Abbey Road studios as part of the Brit Awards, in addition to opening for BBC presenter Jimmy Doherty’s festival, “Harvest at Jimmy’s Farm” last September where KT Tunstall and Jose Gonzalez headlined. She has also worked with producer William Orbit and performed on the Ellen DeGeneres Show where Ellen predicted live on the air that Ellie would become “the hugest, hugest star.” The singer was previously signed with Atlantic Records in the USA and sold 25,000 records through the book retailer Barnes & Noble. She has since started her own label, Create Your Own Reality.
Her new album, Lost Songs, was released independently and is available for purchase at www.ellielawson.com.