Robert Ellis, described by Esquire as “a peculiar but elegant intersection of Bon Iver, George Jones and Jackson Browne,” will release his third album, The Lights From The Chemical Plant, on March 3, 2014 on New West Records.

anging from the majestic string-adorned titular track to noir pop rock and somber confessionals, The Lights From The Chemical Plant, both show Ellis’ growth and the various sides of this multidimensional songwriter. Ellis recently told Rolling Stone the album is “stylistically ambiguous,” as he is inspired by a wide variety of artists. “On this record I was trying to channel everything from Paul Simon, Randy Newman and Bill Withers, to free jazz artists like Ornette Coleman,” Ellis explained.

Many of Ellis’ songs reflect his rural upbringing (he was raised in Lake Jackson, Texas though now calls Nashville home) but are also influenced by his experiences as he toured around the world the last few years in support of his acclaimed 2011 album, Photographs.
Ellis looks back with wisdom and writes from a philosophical point of view that belies his twenty-five years. He credits this to being raised by his grandparents and spending much of his youth with their friends. “My grandfather instilled a work ethic in me that most people my age don’t understand,” says Ellis.