Rachel Ellis Mezzo-Soprano


“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” Aldous Huxley

Music is my passion. Currently, I sing and play piano at a French café each week. Since I love most types of music, including contemporary, folk, country, jazz, international, rock and opera, I am able to perform songs from different genres. Pleasing an audience by singing songs from musicals such as “Westside Story,” “Brigadoon” and “The Sound of Music,” as well as singing standards such as “My Funny Valentine,” “Autumn Leaves” (in French and English) and It’s Impossible (“Somos Novios” in Spanish), are wonderful and unique experiences. Since I speak French and Spanish, I enjoy singing in these languages. Italian arias are also sublime. “Country Roads,” “One Tin Soldier,” and “Could I Have This Dance?” are other favorite songs of mine.

Recently, I have sung five times at Walt Disney Hall with various choral groups (some of the songs we performed were “Carmina Burana,” “Beethoven’s 9th,” “Dry Your Tears Afrika” from Amistad, “Habanera” and “the Torreador Song” from Carmen). Singing Brahm’s Requiem with Los Cancioneros in March 2011 was an “almost spiritual” experience. Besides singing with large choral groups, I enjoy singing classical solo pieces such as “O Cessate di Piagarmi” and “Seben Crudele.”

One of my favorite sayings (by an anonymous writer) is “Happy are those who dream dreams and are willing (“ready,” instead of “willing” seems like a better word) to pay the price to make them come true.” When I am not playing piano, guitar or singing, I primarily work as a criminal defense attorney. Although I have an M.B.A./J.D., and I have handled some civil work, I try to help clients in the criminal law area. It can be challenging, but also rewarding, settling cases whenever possible.

Because of my strong love of music and foreign languages, I have been fortunate to have traveled to other countries. In a true sense, “music and Paris” are “my addiction.” The universe is small and becoming smaller each day with “the internet” and “its progeny.” I have been very blessed and one of my greatest blessings is good health. However, if I had only one wish that would come true, it would be for world peace.

“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” Plato