Welcome to the official website of Ellis Hall - “The Ambassador of Soul”
Ellis Hall, accomplished and prolific performer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, is entertainment’s best-kept secret. In a career spanning over four decades, Hall has solidified a reputation for soul-searing Rhythm & Blues, and has electrified audiences throughout the world. A master of the guitar, bass, piano, keyboards, and drums, Hall has also made a mark as an incredible songwriter, arranger, and producer.
Ellis Hall is well-known for his work with the magnetic soul sensations Tower of Power, where he was lead singer and keyboardist in the mid-1980s. In 1986 Ellis was the vocalist on the song ‘What Does It Take To Win Your Love’, a track on Kenny G’s 5 time platinum debut album “Duo Tones.” He has also performed with a multitude of musical icons, including Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Herbie Hancock, Earth Wind & Fire, Natalie Cole, George Duke, Michael McDonald, Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Brett Michaels, Bobby Womack, Billy Preston, James Taylor, John Mayer and his musical Mentor, Ray Charles. In 2001 Ellis Hall met the legendary musical icon Ray Charles, who was so taken with Hall’s performance power that he took the artist under his wing. The following year, Ray Charles signed Ellis Hall as the only other artist on his label Crossover Records. Following this major honor, Ellis Hall went on to work with Ray Charles on the astounding album “Straight Ahead,” featuring an array of guest artists and garnering a top single “Gotta Get the Money” which landed at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Since 2006, Ellis Hall has entertained thousands of music lovers performing with various symphony locations, including the Nashville, Tucson, Honolulu, Long Beach, Houston, Memphis, Cincinnati, San Diego, Vancouver, Ottawa, and Edmonton Orchestra. Ellis has worked with some of the world’s most well-known conductors, including Marvin Hamlisch in Pittsburgh, Keith Lockhart in Boston, Jeff Tyzik in Rochester, and Steve Reineke of the New York Philharmonic. Following a performance in 2010, it was Tyzik who first referred to Ellis Hall as the “Ambassador of Soul”, after Ellis had jokingly commented, “I spent a lot of time working on my ambassadorship.” The moniker stuck. Since 2010,Ellis Hall has been invited back to his hometown on multiple occasions to perform with the Boston Pops Orchestra. In 2013, he headlined at the Boston Pops 40th Anniversary Independence Day fireworks spectacular.
Ellis Hall’s passion for music has also led him to share his powerful vocals over the years on a variety of other projects. He was a lead voice in the animated blues/soul band The California Raisins, and the whimsical Beetlejuice for a Universal Studios show. A versatile talent, Ellis Hall is a star of numerous film soundtracks, including The Lion King 2, Chicken Run, Shrek 2, Highlander II: The Quickening, Bruce Almighty, Beneath the Darkness, and Invincible. He has even had acting roles in the box office hits Big Momma’s House and Catch Me If You Can. Ellis also served as advisor to Jamie Foxx on the set of the movie Ray.
Ellis Hall has played for several notable luminary’s including; Oprah Winfrey, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Rose Kennedy, and the late Nelson Mandela, who was a declared fan of his work. He performed music from a scene of the film Chicago with Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gear, Renee Zellweger, and Queen Latifah live at the 75th Academy Awards. He had the distinct honor of performing at Helen Keller’s funeral and was specifically requested by former President William Jefferson Clinton to perform at his first inauguration ceremony. Ellis Hall has truly made his mark in music and entertainment, and looks forward to sharing his gifts on many more projects and performances to come. His vibrance and joy for life and music can be summed up in a word he considers his motto: “Chakalaka!”