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Katherine Ellis
Also known as Katherine Ellis, Kathy Wood, Bimbo Jones
Origin Brighton, England
Genres Dance, Funky House, Disco House
Labels Various
Website Official MySpace

Katherine Ellis is a dance music vocalist and songwriter from England. A mainstay of the genre past and present, she has been making records since 1990.



She records under the aliases Katherine Ellis, Kathy Wood, Arrola and K. Ellis and her maiden name Katherine Wood (Ellis is her married name, and she is mother to two sons). She has no connection with vocalist Katherine E, even though some bios and websites have mistaken the two artists as being the same person because of the similar sounding name.

Katherine has been a vocalist since the age of 15, performing lead and backing vocals. Her touring credits include that of working with the likes of Belinda Carlisle, Chaka Khan, Boy George and Roger Sanchez.

She has recorded with a variety of prominent names in dance music including Freemasons, The Soul Avengerz, Dave Lee (in all his guises) and Roger Sanchez, and on a more underground tip, collaborations with Meat Katie, Dylan Rhymes, Lee Coombs and Tom Stephan.

From 1997 to 2000, Ellis was the vocalist for The Ruff Driverz, singing "Deeper Love," "Don’t Stop," "Shame," and the international smash hit "Dreaming" (for which she also wrote the Spanish topline for under the credited alias name "Arrola").

In 2008, Ellis's releases include ‘When You Touch Me’ with Freemasons (Loaded), ‘Ain't Nothin' Goin’ On But The Rent’ with 7th Heaven (Hard2Beat), ‘Poza (Got What I Need)’ with Countparis (Eyezcream), ‘Do It’ with DJ Prom (GFab), ‘Gotta Get Through’ with Paul Emanuel & Gav McCall (Born to Dance), and ‘One Luv’ with The Soul Avengerz (Milk & Sugar/One Love Recordings) as well as ‘Laisser Toucher’ with Cerrone (Maligator Productions) which is featured in the French movie Disco!.

In 2009, her releases include the re-release of Dreaming with The Ruff Driverz (Maelstrom), 'You're mine' with Solitaire (Muzik K) and 'Time 2 Play' with Soulshaker (Audiofreaks) as well as an acoustic version of the classic 'Hideaway' featured on New State Music's UnClubbed Album. She also wrote and performed two tracks, 'Control' and 'You make me crazy' that feature on Lee Coombs' 2009 album 'Light & Dark' (Lot49)

Ellis is also a member of the band Bimbo Jones, who are signed to Tommy Boy Records. The group released its album Harlem 1 Stop in late 2008. Ellis received cowriting and vocal credit for all tracks, including lead single "And I Try,"[1] which reached #1 on Billboard Magazine's "Hot Dance/Club Play" chart the week of Oct. 18, 2008.[2]

Aside from her music career, Ellis has also done television commercial work and can currently be heard as the vocalist on the Gaviscon "What A Feelin'" advert in the UK.

Discography & writing credits

Featured vocalist

  • 1990 Less Stress featuring Katherine Wood / "Don't Dream It's Over" / Junior Boy's Own (Vocalist)
  • 1991 Bocca Juniors / "Substantially Soulful" / Junior Boys Own (Vocalist)
  • 1992 Cappella featuring Katherine E / "Take me away" (Vocalist)
  • 1995 Kathy Wood / "Give me Joy" / Phuture Trax (Vocalist)
  • 1996 Eruption featuring Katherine Wood / "Let The Music" (Vocalist)
  • 1997 Eruption featuring Katherine Wood / "Reach Out" (Vocalist)
  • 1997 Eruption featuring Katherine Wood / "Surrender" (Vocalist)
  • 1997 Ruff Driverz / "Don't Stop" / Undisputed & Inferno (Vocalist) UK Top 30
  • 1997 Ruff Driverz / "Deeper Love" / Inferno (Vocalist) UK Top 20
  • 1998 Ruff Driverz / "Shame" / Inferno (Vocalist) UK Top 40
  • 2006 Roger Sanchez featuring Lisa Pure & Katherine Ellis / "Lost" / Stealth Recordings (Vocalist)
  • 2007 ASBO featuring Katherine Ellis / "Let the Beat Hit 'Em" / Hed Kandi Records (Vocalist)
  • 2007 Wilder & Clarke featuring Katherine Ellis / "Stand Up" / Hed Kandi Records (Vocalist)
  • 2008 Cerrone vs Katherine Ellis / "Laisser toucher" / Maligator Productions (Vocalist)
  • 2008 7th Heaven featuring Katherine Ellis / "Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent" / Unreleased Ministry of Sound (Vocalist)
  • 2009 Katherine Ellis / "Hideaway" / UnClubbed (Album) / New State Music (Vocalist)

Vocalist and writer/co-writer

  • 1998 Ruff Driverz presents Arrola / "Dreaming" / Inferno (Vocalist/Writer) UK Top 10
  • 2000 La Fiesta / "Dreaming" / Oxyd Records (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2001 W.O.S.P / "Gettin' Into U" / Data Records (Vocalist/Writer) UK Top 40
  • 2002 Raven Maize / "Fascinated" / Data Records (Vocalist/Writer) UK Top 40
  • 2004 Dylan Rhymes featuring Katherine Ellis / "Salty" / Kingsize Records (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2004 Lee Coombs featuring Katherine Ellis/ "Shiver" / Finger Lickin' Records / Azuli Records (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2005 Tom Stephan featuring Katherine Ellis/ "Here I Come" / Chumbomundo Records (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2005 Dylan Rhymes featuring Katherine Ellis / "Sugar DJ" / Kingsize Records (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2006 Mark Knight featuring Katherine Ellis / "Insatiable" / Toolroom Records (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2006 Tom Stephan featuring Katherine Ellis / "DOG" / Chumbomundo Records (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2006 Soul Flava featuring Katherine Ellis / "We Got Love" / DTPM/Blue Cube (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2006 Lee Coombs featuring Katherine Ellis / "Control" / Thrust Recordings (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2006 Meat Katie featuring Katherine Ellis / "What I Like" / Lot 49 (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2006 Meat Katie featuring Katherine Ellis / "Round & Round" / Adrift Records (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2007 Cerrone featuring Katherine Ellis / "Loverboy" / Maligator Productions (Vocalist/Co-Writer)
  • 2007 Jason Herd featuring Katherine Ellis / "So Strong" / J Funk Recordings (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2007 Matteo Esse & Sant featuring Katherine Ellis / "Not hanging around" / Cosmonote Blue (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2008 Soul Avengerz featuring Katherine Ellis / "One luv" (One Love Recordings/Milk & Sugar) (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2008 Countparis & Katherine Ellis / "Poza (got what I need)" / Eyezcream Recordings (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2008 Prom featuring Katherine Ellis / "Do it" / Gfab (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2008 Paul Emanuel & Gav McCall featuring Katherine Ellis / "Gotta get thru" / Born to Dance Records (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2008 Tim Belcher & Katherine Ellis / "Stiletto Strutt" / Fourthcoming on Cosmonote Blue Records (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2008 Freemasons featuring Katherine Ellis / "When You Touch Me" / Loaded Records (Vocalist/Writer) UK Top 30
  • 2009 Ruff Driverz presents Arrola / "Dreaming 2009" / Maelstrom (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2009 Lee Coombs featuring Katherine Ellis / "Control" / Light & Dark (Album) Lot49 (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2009 Lee Coombs featuring Katherine Ellis / "You make me crazy" / Light & Dark (Album) Lot49 (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2009 Solitaire and Katherine Ellis / "You're mine" / Mukik K Records (Vocalist/Writer)
  • 2009 Soulshaker and Katherine Ellis / "Time 2 Play" / Audiofreaks (Vocalist/Writer)

Writing Credits

  • 2001 M&S Presents the Girl Next Door / "The Salsoul Nugget (If U Wanna)" (Writer) UK #6
  • 2003 4Tune 500 / "Dancing In The Dark" / Black Gold (Writer)

External links


  1. ^ Del Mar, Pollo (2008-12-02). "Katherine Ellis Is One Smart Bimbo". San Francisco Bay Bay Guardian Website. http://www.sfbg.com/blogs/promosexual/2008/12/katherine_ellis_is_one_smart_b_1.html. Retrieved 2009-10-04.  
  2. ^ Billboard.com. http://www.billboard.com/#/song/bimbo-jones/and-i-try/11964854. Retrieved 2009-10-04.  

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