ELLEN BRITTON is a veteran musician with decades of writing, recording, teaching, and performing experience. Touring credits include guitar/mandolin/backup vocals with Martina McBride, Pam Tillis, Jo Dee Messina, Sara Evans, Lari White, Maura O’Connell, Tanya Tucker, and appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The View, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, and The Today Show. Delighting audiences with her soulful singing, romping guitar playing, and winning humor, Ellen has brought her original songs and love of performing to the Philadelphia Folk Festival, The Swallow at the Hollow in Atlanta, as well as Nashville’s prestigious Bluebird Café in the round with Amy Grant and Vince Gill. She is also part of female vocal foursome Queen of Hearts, whose rich harmonies have recently entertained at the Roger Smith Hotel in New York City and the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville, plus regular sold out Bluebird shows. Her work as a guitar teacher to prominent and aspiring artists and songwriters in Music City has been spotlighted on the ABC Family Channel. Students include recording artists Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook of Little Big Town (“Pontoon”), Mickey Guyton (“Better Than You Left Me”), Jamie Lynn Spears (“Zoey 101”/Nickelodeon), Maggie Rose ("I Ain't Your Mama"), Jimmy Wayne (“Do You Believe Me Now?”), JD Souther ("Her Town Too"; ABC's Nashville), and Pam Tillis (“Spilled Perfume”); hit songwriters Tim Nichols (“Live Like You Were Dying”/Tim McGraw), Barry Dean (“Pontoon”/Little Big Town), Brandy Clark ("Mama's Broken Heart"/Miranda Lambert), Jennifer Hanson (“Leave the Pieces”/Wreckers), Jenn Schott (“Two Lanes to Freedom”/Tim McGraw), Tyler Hayes ("Bring It on Home"/Little Big Town), Dennis Matkosky (“You’ll Think of Me”/Keith Urban), and Music Row pros Jim Catino (Sony Music), Laura Stroud (Sony Music & Big Alpha Publishing), as well as finalists on The Voice and American Idol.
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