Eli Conley is a Bay Area-based singer-songwriter with Virginia roots. His voice shifts deftly from country choirboy to soulful croon at the turn of a phrase. Steeped in roots music and the singer-songwriter tradition, Eli crafts modern day folk songs for misfits, unafraid to push the themes and instrumentation of Americana music forward.
"His voice is full of stories," says mandolin-player and collaborator Joel Price. "You can hear the emotions. It goes from a growl, a low and raspy sound to a high tenor tone."
"He’s just very forthright, honest and gentle," says cellist Conrad Sisk. "I want to use a word like ‘compassion’ or something, a unique gentleness that comes through his music. We’ve been going around singing about homosexuality and mountaintop removal coal mining."
In 2013 Eli released At The Seams, his first full-length album and a project completely funded by his fans. "That voice!" wrote Tom Semioli of Minor 7th, "On his stunning debut... unforgettable songs of love, yearning, and spirituality abound." Eli recorded the album at Empty Sea Studios in Seattle with producer and multi-instrumentalist Michael Connolly (Indigo Girls, The Blackberry Bushes, Coyote Grace).
Since that time, Eli has toured nationally and been featured in the Huffington Post and on KALW Radio. He has shared the stage with Grammy-winner Kimya Dawson and opened for Chris Shiftlett and the Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band at San Francisco's famed Cafe du Nord. Eli's song "Draw the Line" is featured in an upcoming episode of the web series Brothers, and “When God Sets His Sights On You” was included on a compilation by the Network of Spiritual Progressives.
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