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Named “a genius on the guitar” by the Los Angeles Times, Blake Aaron began his career as an LA studio musician and sideman and has recorded and/ or performed with such artists as Philip Bailey, Bobby Womack and Carlos Santana (Womack-Save the Children), The Gap Band, Lakeside, Dynasty, The Drifters, The Coasters, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Joe Houston, Mary Wells, Billy Bass, Bernie Worrell, Fish (Fishbone), producer Bill Laswell, Hiroshima, Eric Marienthal, Nelson Rangell, Marion Meadows, Ricky Lawson, Steve Reid’s Bamboo Forest, Kuh LaDesma, and Gloria Trevi. Blake Aaron is a guitarist who is best known for his passionate musical style, his memorable compositions, his soul and technical expression on the instrument, and his ability to connect with an audience, so it was not long before Blake would emerge as a solo artist.
Through the ages, there have been a number of famous blind African American male entertainers in Gospel, Blues, Soul and Pop but few as unilaterally gifted as Ellis Hall. What other man can claim to have written 3,800 songs, sung at the funeral of Helen Keller at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York and before Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, Africa, been a member of Tower of Power and a lead voice for the animated California Raisins, been nominated for a Ovation Theater Award for his very first stage role in “The Gospel At Colonus”. When it comes to music, Ellis Hall does it all. He is a seasoned and accomplished vocalist in possession of a powerful 5-octave range. He is a songwriter, arranger, producer and educator. Ellis’ first instrument was drums before he went on to master piano, keyboards, guitar and – his favorites – upright and electric bass. Across a career of 40-plus years and counting, Ellis Hall has proven himself as an all-around performer that has entertained audiences on five continents, sharing stages with giants ranging from James Taylor, Natalie Cole, Patti LaBelle and Toby Keith to Herbie Hancock, George Benson, Bobby Womack, George Duke and Sheila E. His reputation of excellence earned Ellis the moniker, “The Ambassador of Soul.”