They say you get a lifetime to write your first album and the blink of an eye to make your second. Elles Bailey wins either way, and she’s followed up the widespread success of Wildfire with the stunningly mature and highly personal synopsis of a year that changed her life with the no.1 selling brand new album Road I Call Home. “Wildfire was written over five years,” says Elles, “Road I call Home was written over one. It tells the story of touring Wildfire, and how my life has changed since. I feel it delves deeper, and deals with loss, love, anger, determination and life on the road, with more than 200 gigs under my belt and many miles travelled.” Like its chart-topping predecessor, Road I Call Home features co-writing contributions from high-calibre collaborators, including British hit-making legend and Ivor Novello Award winner Roger Cook, storied Memphis and Nashville giant Bobby Wood, as well as Dan Auerbach (of Akron, Ohio powerhouses The Black Keys) on the infectious Little Piece of Heaven. Released on March 8 straight in at the top of the Amazon Blues charts as well as charting at number 13 in the Official UK Country Charts and it is still attracting 5 star reviews left, right and centre as well as loads of mainstream national radio support across the UK and Europe. The album has, already, had 500000 streams on Spotify (her total streams run into millions) and has received curated playlist support as well as picking up tons of Spotify algorithmic plays on releaser radar. As well as being an international touring artist, playing sold out shows all over the world, Elles is a self confessed DIY artist and If ever there was a fine example of the Do It Yourself nature of the music business then Elles Bailey is it. From rather humble beginnings Elles has by dint of hard work and talent smashed through and past much bigger artists and bigger industry players – not least major record labels – by taking time and effort to really understand the brave new world that is today’s landscape, being brave, breaking rules, making a few mistakes (always part of the learning process) and just powering through obstacles and doing whatever it takes. Her work ethic, both on the road, at shows, and in front of her spreadsheets is nothing short of phenomenal.