BRENDA & ELLIS
BRENDA & ELLIS, since winning the 1999 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase, has
performed at over 1,000 private events and clubs across the U.S., and toured Alaska,
Europe and the Caribbean.
They are active songwriters, and are both members of ASCAP. They have their own
publishing company, Breli, and record company, Natasha Records.
BRENDA was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. She grew up listening to every kind of
music, but her favorite was always the blues. She also loves to sing jazz, pop, rock,
rhythm and blues, and country. No matter what the style, Brenda truly delivers each
song, reaching into her soul to let you experience what she is feeling.
ELLIS was also born in Little Rock, Arkansas. He began playing professionally when he
was 17. He has toured with the B.J. Thomas band, and performed with Larry Davis,
Jimmy Reed, Freddie King, Albert King, Billy Joe Royal, the Vogues, Jay and the
Americans, and David Ruffin of the Temptations. Ellis founded his own groups, the
Right Track (which signed with Atlantic Records) and The House (which signed with
BRENDA & ELLIS first joined musically in Houston, Texas, basing their group out of
Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Little Rock.
In Los Angeles, they were the musical opener for Joan Rivers’ comedy act at The Horn,
as well as performing at the Troubadour, Madame Wong’s, and Studio One.
In Palm Springs, they were part of a long-running rock ‘n roll show at the Americana
Canyon Hotel, featuring the Del Vikings, Little Dion, Bobby Day (of “Rocking Robin”
fame), and The Hollywood Flames.
Brenda & Ellis's first CD was “Down by the River”, released in 2000.
Their second CD, "We Done Paid Our Dues", was released in 2004.
Brenda & Ellis was named First Runner Up as the Best Local Band in Arkansas by the
Arkansas Times in 2006.
Our third CD, "Light Up Our Christmas Tree", was
released in 2007.
Our song, "She Doesn't Know Me Anymore" was released in 2010.
Our new Christmas song, "Don't Cha Love the Holiday Season" was released in
Our fourth CD, "Passion, Pride & Joy" was released on November 13, 2010 at our CD
Release Party at the After Thought. We had a wonderful turnout, sold a whole bunch of
CDs, and a great time was had by all!
Our fifth CD, "Flying Down to Rio - And Back" was released in August 2016, right
before the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Ellis Tharp's first solo CD release, "Take My Hand" was also released in August 2016.
We are currently working on tracks for our sixth CD, to be released in 2019. Three
songs have been released in advance from this new CD: "It's Getting Hot", "Seriously",
and "Happy Valentine's Day".
As of February 2019, we are writing and recording songs for future release by us and
Thanks to all of our fans, friends and family for supporting us over the past 20 years!
We love you all!