John Ellison

Singer, Songwriter, Author, Activist

A ‘Some Kind of Wonderful’ Life

Born into an impoverished family in a small coal mining town in West Virginia, young John Ellison started on a difficult career path as a musician that would pose unforseeable challenges. In 1967, he wrote what would become one of the most famous songs in the history of popular music.

Some Kind of Wonderful: The John Ellison Story gives readers a detailed glimpse into a life filled with hardship & racism. Through it all, John survives, finds love, and earns acceptance among his peers as a respected songwriter and performing artist.

Media and Press

CHCH Canada Day Special

John was featured in the lineup of performers showcased in CHCH TV Hamilton's Canada Day Spectacular.

John in the Hamilton Spectator

Hamilton’s John Ellison and Harrison Kennedy talk about anti-Black racism in advance of CHCH Canada Day special. A feature story in the Hamilton Spectator written by Graham Rockingham. "If John Ellison had just one wish, it would be that “no one would ever be judged...

Forbes Magazine

"Every movement needs an anthem, that song that inspires people to stand up and demand change. But just as importantly believe they can bring about change. And it doesn't matter where that anthem comes from, it just need to be the right song at the right time."...

Rolling Stone Magazine

"John Ellison — frontman for the Soul Brothers Six and writer of their biggest hit “Some Kind of Wonderful” — has shared a fiery new song, “Wake-Up Call (Black Like Me),” inspired by the recent protests in response to the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna...

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