In the landscape of music today, it’s not unusual to find that the best music is not what you hear on the radio. Case in point, allow me to introduce Ellis Hall aka “The Ambassador of Soul.” His writing, producing arranging and performing career is longer than a roll of squeezable Charmin. His five octave vocal range is matched with the five instruments he’s mastered, the piano, drums, guitar, keyboard and bass. Ellis has played for some of the heavyweights of our ear such as Oprah, Nelson Mandela and former President Bill Clinton. But wait, there’s more. His talents have been featured soundtracks for the films, Shreck 2, Invincible and Lion King 2 to name a few. He stays in demand to work with many premiere symphony orchestras. Ellis set off his own vocal fireworks during the City of Atlanta’s 2014 Independence Day fireworks celebration.
Ellis’ recent live performance in Atlanta was nothing short of a flavor filled tub of blues, R&B, soul-stirred gumbo. True blue and new fans came from miles around for a “Chakalaka” experience (with little or no print or radio advertising). He is part Stevie, part Ray, part Otis (Redding that is), he’s Motown and Muscle Shoals, he’s hip hop and Hollywood, but through it all, he’s Georgia’s finest, Ellis Hall.
This man of swag, soul and skill is a protégé of the late legend Ray Charles and served as a special consultant to Jamie Foxx on the Oscar® winning film, “Ray.” Last month Ellis received the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Georgia Music Awards for the many career milestones he’s achieved.
Ellis performing at 2014 Atlanta Independence Day Celebration