Queen Delphine and the Crown Jewels

  Harriett Ellis, aka Queen Delphine, is known for her passionate, driven performances. Her powerhouse vocals deliver a blistering mix of contemporary and old school blues. Her talent is only overridden by her vibrant personality on stage and her ability to connect with her audience. Queen Delphine is genuine, authentic, and worthy of serious regard for any blues event or venue.

Her band, The Crown Jewels, consists of a group of accomplished and seasoned musicians:

  • Ezra Bufford: Keyboard/Composer
  • Terry Glass: Lead Guitar
  • Warren Grimwood: Keyboards
  • Norman "Son" Hamilton: 2nd Guitar/Harmonica/Vocals
  • Richard Hart: Drums/Percussion/Vocals
  • Lester "Lammy" Johnson: Bass
  • Steven Weakley: Lead Guitar

She was honored to perform at the Women in Blues Showcase during the International Blues Challenge on January 29, 2016 at Alfred's on Beale Street. There in Memphis, Tennessee, the home of the blues, her fate was sealed as she sang for fans and peers at this iconic event. On January 30, 2016, Queen Delphine was interviewed for the Diva in Blues documentary, at the world famous Sun Studios where she shared her background and love for singing the blues. Smithsonian Magazine included Queen Delphine in their photo shoot during the Women in Blues Showcase.

Since the release of her EP Come and Get It, Queen Delphine and the Crown Jewels have been featured on hundreds of Internet and streaming radio stations around the globe, including Scotland, New Zealand, and Germany. My Cat Got Nine Lives, a tune written by Harriett and her husband, Lee, went to #70 on the charts of Top Tracks 100 on its first week submission. I'm a Woman from the EP reached #5 on the Alternate Route New Release Rack. The EP itself climbed to #22 on the International Blues Broadcasters Association Charts in April 2016. Chris Spector with Midwest Records said of Come and Get It, "Only and EP? Bummer. Queen Delphine and her court grew up eating Koko Taylor records for breakfast and got their nutrients in the blues that way. Classic sounding Chicago migration blues that sounds as authentic as it gets."

In 2016, Queen Delphine's credits include:

  • River Jam Fest in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Shugs Southern Soul Cafe in St. George, South Carolina
  • Indy Parks and Recreation Summer Concert Series in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago, Illinois
  • Stevie Rays Blues Bar in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Fort Harrison Fridays at the Fort in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Purdue University Alumni Series
  • The Blues Foundation Award-Winning Slippery Noodle Inn in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • The 27th Annual Kentuckiana Blues Society's Birthday Celebration at Headliners in Louisville, Kentucky in November 2016.



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