• Awards for Producer of the Year

    Winner of BC Country Music Award 2012 & 2009, Nominated: 2015 & 2014
    Winner of BC Interior Music Award: 2009.
    Nominated for Canadian Country Music Award: 2013 & 2008

  • Award Winning Pedal Steel Player

    Winner of BC Country Music Award: 2014 & 2015 & Five Canadian Country Music Award nominations: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2015.

  • BCCMA Nominee for Guitar Player

    Nominated for the 2012 BC Country Music Award for session work on guitar

  • Multi-Instrumentalist

    Player of keys, bass, drums, percussion, woodwind, and strings of many kinds: guitars, pedal steel, banjo, dobro, mandolin and more.

Bio

You only need to listen to a few bars of a few tracks produced by John MacArthur Ellis to hear his unique musicality and know that he is anchored by technical excellence and driven by passion.

After helping artist Ridley Bent morph his freestylin’ hip hop rhymes and rhythms into full-on alternative country rock tunes, the two took the Canadian country scene by storm.  The 2009 album “Buckles n Boots” won Ellis the title of Producer of the Year and garnered no less than 7 BC Country Music Awards for Bent.  Ellis has since consistently kept up the pace with recognitions from the Canadian Country Music Awards and BC Interior Music Awards, while his work has been graced by Juno nominations for Best Album (Doc Walker 2012 & Wayne Lavallee 2008).

By paying close attention to what his artists express as well as with their personal style, John intuitively helps them find just the right sound they need in order to break through.  This is evident in the work he did for The Be Good Tanyas (Chinatown, 2003), Jeremy Fisher (High School, 2004), Barney Bentall (Gift Horse, 2006 & The Inside Passage, 2011) and Dustin Bentall (Streets With No Lights, 2007 & Six Shooter, 2009).  Seeing his craft recognized and played to the masses isn’t new to Ellis.  Over the past decade,  John’s artists and productions have appeared in the top ten on Canadian Hot A/C and Country charts, while his characteristic playing can be heard on award-winning television and film including the hit series Da Vinci’s Inquest, The Handler, and Intelligence.

The studio might be Ellis’ workplace, but the stage is ultimately his home.  He currently tours with Juno Award winning band Doc Walker as their right hand man, showing off his precision and immense versatility on pedal steel, banjo, keys and more.  As the winner of the 2014 BCCMA Award for Steel Guitar and having received CCMA and BCCMA nominations in the Special Instrument category for several consecutive years, John is one of the top pedal steel players in Canada and is consistently on-call as a multi-instrumentalist for several of Canada’s finest touring ensembles. 
 
John is extremely active producing several albums which are pending release for established and emerging artists and he is always on the lookout for new talent to dedicate himself to.