Ellis Hall Stars in A Tribute to Ray Charles with LBSO POPS!
2011-03-17 · By Editor
The late Ray Charles was an American pop music icon whose six-decade career included such well-known hits as Georgia on My Mind, Hit the Road Jack and I Can’t Stop Loving You.
The Long Beach Symphony Orchestra pays homage to this musical giant when the 2010-2011 “This Ain’t Your Daddy’s POPS!” season continues on Saturday, March 19, 2011 with A Tribute to Ray Charles, featuring Principal POPS! Conductor Steven Reineke and pianist-vocalist Ellis Hall.
Ellis Hall seems to have been destined to pay tribute to Ray Charles. Like Charles, Hall is blind. Both men were born in Georgia, and both became singers. The two met and were friends for several years before the legendary Charles died in 2004. Hall 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. Ellis is proud to carry on the celebration of the soul legacy.
Hall is the former lead singer of Tower of Power and was one of the vocalists for the animated California Raisins in TV commercials. In movies, he played organ and sang gospel in Big Momma’s House and was the voice of a singing rooster in Chicken Run. He has performed his Tribute to Ray Charles show with orchestras around the country.
Join the Party at the POPS! with the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra. The floor of the Long Beach Arena is adorned with 300 beautifully decorated tables of 10, so bring your friends or make new ones. Come early and bring your favorite foods and beverages of choice, or ask us about having your table catered. It’s Southern California’s biggest indoor musical picnic!
A Tribute to Ray Charles starts at 8 p.m. at the Long Beach Arena, 300 East Ocean Blvd. in Long Beach. Tickets begin at $20. Student rush tickets are available for $10 with valid I.D., 90 minutes prior to the concert. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (562) 436-3203, or visit LBSO.org.
Ellis Hall Guest Stars with LB Symphony
Ellis Hall, born in Savanna, Georgia, and raised in Boston, is often labeled “genius.” 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 Hall 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.
In the early years of his career, Ellis Hall was featured as the lead vocalist performing with Kenny G. on his debut hit single, “What Does it Take.” He then joined the soul-stirring group Tower Of Power as lead vocalist, keyboardist, songwriter, arranger, and producer. He also enjoyed tremendous success as a member of the multi-platinum group, The California Raisins. Ellis has been featured in the award winning TV shows “The Wonder Years” and The 75th Oscars “Chicago” segment with Catherine Zeta Jones and Queen Latifa. Some of his film credits include “Big Momma’s House” with Martin Lawrence as well as Steven Spielberg’s “Catch Me If You Can” starring Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio. He has also been a featured vocalist on soundtracks ranging from the TV series “West Wing” and “NYPD Blue” to films such as “Lion King II,” “Chicken Run,” “Bruce Almighty,” “A Day Without A Mexican” and “Polar Express.”
Ellis Hall 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.