Multi-Platinum Recording Artist, virtuoso multi-instrumentalist and vocalist - Ellis Hall has performed and recorded with top artists such as Ray Charles and Kenny G., and has appeared in films and on the soundtracks of such films as Bruce Almighty, Invincible, Chicken Run and Catch Me If You Can.
Virtuoso multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Ellis Hall possesses a style that commands attention in its diversity and depth, and has to his credit numerous live performances and studio sessions with many top artists. On stage at The Kennedy Center in front of President Clinton and Ray Charles, Ellis was introduced, "Mr. Charles has asked that Ellis perform this evening. Though he is sightless, his vision is greater than ours." Formerly featured as lead vocalist and keyboardist with the soul-stirring group Tower of Power, he culminated his stint with co-production, arrangement and songwriting prowess on their album "Power". Ellis is also recognized for his hit performance on the Kenny G. multi-platinum album "Duotones" and the gold and platinum California Raisins albums. With his group “Project Insight,” comprised of visually impaired musicians, he appeared for the President’s Council for the Disabled, and also appeared at the Kennedy Center to celebrate President Clinton’s Western Inaugural Ball.
His most recent credits include an appearance in the run away hit comedy Big Momma's House, a 20th Century Fox feature film and he sang the title track Flip, Flop & Fly in the blockbuster Clay-mation animated comedy Chicken Run from DreamWorks. He has also done a variety of television appearances as well as many other film and television vocal performances including national and international radio and television commercials.
Ellis Hall last appeared at the Kennedy Center October 2003 at the request of the ailing Ray Charles who had recently signed and co-produced Ellis’ latest album on Ray Charles own label Crossover Records. The album is entitled Straight Ahead. Ellis Hall is not only continually writing and already preparing material for his next album but maintains a full schedule of personal appearances.
Ellis' colorful statements instrumentally and vocally can be found on his widely acclaimed debut solo album The Spirit Lingers On, a musical journey of highly inspirational soul featuring 12 original songs.
Soul To Sole!
Written By: (c) 2011 Ellis Hall
Soul to Sole!
Music and Lyrics: Ellis Hall Jr.
Your mind is racing, yeah you been chasin that dream illusion, wastin time. Whose life is better? Measure for measure new thought, you oughta to analyze. That happy healin, that you’ve been needin around ya, here’s a remedy.
Dance floor fever, connection energy…
Soul, to sole, head, to toe. Rhythm moving your body, joyful overflow. I’m talkin … Soul, to sole, head, to toe. Music, takin over your body, let it take control, soul to sole!
Smiling sensation, flyin if just for the moment, got’ya free at last. Imagination, no tribulation to stop your elevation path. Don’t let it matter, enjoy the present this gift, a change of attitude.
Love life groovin, the choice is up to you…
Soul, to sole, head, to toe. Rhythm movin your body, joyful overflow. I’m talkin … Soul, to sole, head, to toe. Music, takin over your body, let it take control, soul to sole!
Dance floor fever. Love life groovin, the choice is up to you…!!
Soul, to sole, head, to toe. Rythim movin your body, joyful overflow. I’m talkin … Soul, to sole, head, to toe. Music, takin over your body, let it take control. Soul, to sole, head, to toe. Rhythm movin your body, joyful overflow. I’m talkin … Soul, to sole, head, to toe. Music, takin over your body, let it take control, soul to sole!
(Background) Ellis Hall, and Tower of Power Soul to Sole.
(Ellis) What is hip? Welcome to the function, yeah!
(Background) Gettin funky with the rhythm, a taste of rock and roll.
(Background) Ellis Hall, and Tower of Power Soul to Sole
(Ellis) Go and get it, back it up, try it again!
(Background) Getting funky with the rhythm, a taste of rock and roll. Soul to Sole.
Freedom Lives On In America (A Song For 9/11)
Written By: Gary Gray sung by Ellis Hall
Freedom Lives On In America (A Song For 9/11)
Words and Music (c) copyright 2009 Gary Gray
Fathers and Mothers
Sisters and Brothers
Husbands and Wives
They all lost their lives
At the hands of the devil
Dirt meets the shovel
As we bury the dead
Under blue, white and red
Millions of candles we burn in the night
Lighting a way straight to heaven
I hear the voices of Spirits who sing. . .
Singing the Anthem. . .
Let Freedom Ring.
I will remember
Not for the tears
But for conquering fears
We stand together
For freedom forever. . .
So sing your children this song:
Freedom Lives On In America
Album "Straight Ahead" produced by Ray Charles on Crossover Records 2004, featuring the #5 Billboard R&B Hit Song "Gotta Get The Money" featuring Sheila E on percussion.
Featured Vocalist on Kenny G's hit single "What Does It Take (To Win Your Love) on the "Essential Kenny G" album 2006
Ellis has over 1,000 songs that he can perform on Guitar, Keyboards, Bass, Drums and vocals. Any style, Any Key. Ellis has a 5 octave vocal range and is considered one of the most accomplished multi-instrumentalists and vocalists in the world. Most of his recordings feature him on every instrument and on all lead and harmony vocals. He often plays Guitar, Keyboards, Bass and Drums as well as sings vocals during his live performances. He is comfortable playing any live setting, from 101 piece Major Symphony Orchestras (which he does so Internationally on a regular basis - performing original songs as well as tribute performances to Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Motown and Soul) to solo single engagements, such as having played twice in the last year for Oprah Winfrey at her home.