Jonathan “Jelly” Ellington is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter based in Austin, TX by way of the mountains of Asheville, NC. His vocals are smooth and soulful with an edgy guitar style, chiming in elements of raw and expressive blues-based rock n’ roll. Jelly has developed a reputation for exciting and untamed live performances, and has shared the stage and recorded with Grammy Award-winning artists. He has been making his mark on the Austin scene, voted Top 10 “Best Guitarist” in 2018 and 2019 Austin Chronicle Austin Music Awards.
Jelly Ellington redefines himself with his sophomore EP Butterfly. Produced by Dane Orr (Anna Wise, Sonnymoon), the four track EP takes listeners on a sonic adventure, blending gritty guitar riffs and catchy melodies with electronic beats and jazzy bass lines. The EP is a bold step in a new musical direction from Jelly’s signature blues rock style, as his classical and jazz influences shine more into the limelight in track’s like “Best of Me” and “Fade Away.” The wall of guitars and grungy chorus shout out loud his mission in this EP: growth is found in “never fearing the unknown.”
“Jelly Ellington continues to impress and evolve with his new sounds while staying true to his rock roots.”
— 512 Radio host Patrick Davis, Austin
“Jelly Ellington is helming the rock and roll sound for the season.”
“Jelly Ellington is a classic guitarist in every sense of the word.”
— Kelly Donnelly Mixer, Engineer & Producer for Eric Johnson, Mike Stern, Oz Noy, Doyle Dykes