January 25, 2014
8:00 p.m. – POPS CONCERT
Whitney Hall, Louisville
Bob Bernhardt, conductor
Ellis Hall, guitar/piano
What you say? Ellis Hall "IS" Ray Charles in concert with the Louisville Orchestra. "Georgia on My Mind," "Hit the Road, Jack," "Unchain My Heart," and more. All of Ray's rocking and soulful smash hits.
Ellis Hall, born in Savanna, Georgia, raised in Boston, is often labeled “genius”. Without musical boundaries he is the quintessential performer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, with a five-octave range. Hall has also made a mark with his incredible ability as a songwriter, arranger and producer.
Ellis has performed, recorded and collaborated with a vast variety of musical icons. Including Stevie Wonder, Patti LaBelle, George Benson, Michael McDonald, John Mayer, Herbie Hancock, Earth Wind & Fire, Natalie Cole, James Taylor, George Duke, Huey Lewis and the News and his musical mentor Ray Charles.
Ellis has the honor of being the only artist, other than Ray Charles, to be signed to Charles’ label Crossover Records. He performed and was introduced as Ray Charles’ protégé at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts where Mr. Charles received the National Visionary Leadership Project Award. This tribute has lead to his recent performances with various symphonies including the Pittsburg, Tucson, Nashville and Honolulu Orchestras. Ellis is proud to carry on the celebration of the soul legacy.
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