Artists biographies
Sydney Ellis & Her Midnight Preachers

Sydney Ellis began her singing career in the Los Angeles area when, on the day after her 44th birthday, in 1991, she got her nerve up and climbed up onto a session stage.

The dream comes true. Since then, her singing has blossomed into an obsession for what Sydney calls her ‘cultural Heritage’ or ‘African-American Folk Music’. The rest of the world calls it Blues, Classic Jazz, Gospel, Spirituals, New Orleans Jazz & Blues, R&B, Chicago Blues and Kansas City Blues. Theis obsession has taken her in three short years from the Los Angeles area to Europe.

Since 1995 Sydney has performed over 1,200 concerts in 27 countries. Scheduled venues for 2016 include U.S.A., Germany, Switzerland, France and Croatia. Past Years have given Sydney the opportunity to perform in Spain, Denmark, Belgium, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Austria, Norway, Georgia, Finland, Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, Tunisia, Slovakia, The Ukraine, Lithuania, Poland, The Czech Republic, Sweden, Italy and Ireland.

Sydney draws from a repertoire of about 200 songs by about 50 different singers and artists: Dinah Washington, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Sippie Wallace, Ann Rabson, Bessie Smith, Jeannie Cheatham, John Lee Hooker, Elmore James, Muddy Waters, Big Joe Turner, ZZ Hill, Willie Dixon, Lou Rawls, Jay McShann, Earl Thomas, Louis Armstrong, Woody Herman, Delbert McClinton, Reverend Gary Davis and many more.

The gratitude that Sydney expresses every day is directed to the music and the people who have come to see her over the years. The music has given her that ‘Obsession’ that only a few people get to experience in their lives. The support the people have given her has allowed her the opportunity make friends from all over the world, to travel and see places that many only dream of. ‘Lucky’ cannot begin to describe the way she feels about what the music and the people supporting her and her music have given her.

Foto: Charlie Schlegel Foto: Charlie Schlegel

Appearances at the
Beethovenfest 2017