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The Tamoil Culture Award was awarded because of Elly’s artistic, inspiring and heart-felt lyrics, music and comics.

Excerpt from the Jury’s speech: 

“Elly is able to write about what is sharp and painful in a way that makes it slightly muffled and vague and therefore easier to digest and look at.  At the same time she knows how to make  the vague visible with exactly the right words and has thus far written over a 1000 songs.”


Besides her solo endeavours Elly is also a part of Beyond Music. Co-founder Tina Turner is one of the Ambassadors for this movement and the artistic director is multiple Grammy-winning record producer Larry Klein.

She was invited to Studios La Fabrique to record an album with Larry Klein and 21 artists from all over the world. The album Same Sky was the result. Elly wrote and sang the song Different, You and I with Heather Bond (USA) and this was recorded for the album. On the songs We Are One, Our Colors, More Of Us and Water she sings backingvocals.

To capture the feel of the recordingproces, and the two weeks spent with wonderful musicians on a beautiful location, Elly make six vlogs so you can get a glimpse of what the experience meant to her personally.

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Shows Elly Kellner performing live with Matthews Southern Comfort.
Photo: Ad Lijnse

Matthews Southern Comfort

Elly joined Iain Matthews on his tours with Matthews Southern Comfort. Before he had a big hit in the sixties with the song Woodstock he was part of the legendary Fairport Convention. Together with Iain, guitarist BJ Baartmans, pianist Bart de Win and Elly on acoustic guitar and vocals Kind of Live was recorded. Elly sang backingvocals on their 2020 album The New Mine.

Shannon Lyon

Canadian troubadour Shannon Lyon and Elly Kellner worked closely together for the album Broken Things and it offers heartfelt and heart opening songs. Elly also sang backing vocals on the album The Lights Behind and joined Shannon on his tour together with BJ Baartmans. She captured this great adventure in a series of vlogs: a little insight to life during a short tour.

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