Robert Ellis began performing as "Robert Ellis & The Boys" early in 2010, forming a foundation in the classics of country music and gradually incorporating original songs. The self-released LP, The Great Rearranger was sold at shows, but Ellis found a higher level of success when American Songwriter's Magazine named his second album Photographs as one of the top 50 albums of 2011. Robert Ellis is a New West recording artist. Ellis has toured with Alabama Shakes, Old Crow Medicine Show and the Old 97's. Originally from Texas, in 2012, Ellis relocated from Austin, Texas to Nashville, Tennessee to work on his third album The Lights from the Chemical Plant in Eric Masse's Casino recording studio. Ellis has said that this album, influenced by his hometown Lake Jackson, Texas, incorporates more pop influences.
Robert Ellis' father is a pastor and the singer was raised in a religious household. Ellis now identifies as an atheist.