Born: May 11, 1972 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Born and raised in the great jazz town of Kansas City, Laura Ellis began honing her vocal skills when she was 10 years old, singing along with her father’s old 45rpm records. His love of music instilled a passion in Laura that continues to this day. Laura’s early influences were Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan, Chris Connor, Etta James, Sam Cooke and the R&B groups from the 50’s and 60’s as well as the Big Band singers from the 1940’s.
As a young adult, Laura attended Kansas State University, where she trained in dance and vocal performance and toured the USA singing as a member of the K-State Singers. After graduation, she moved to Los Angeles and began her professional career not only as a singer but also in acting. Some of her TV performances include Modern Family, Make Me Laugh, History Channel’s Route 66 and Modern Marvels documentaries, the HBO series, Carnivale and an appearance with one of her singing idols, Della Reese in an ad for Avandia. She most recently appeared on the ABC show Modern Family....
Laura was a delight! Her winning personality came across just as much as her beautiful voice. The song selections were perfect and delivered with just the right mix of sultry seduction and playfulness. All in all, the show was a hit.
My thanks to you, Laura and the entire band for a great show. I’m already getting requests to have her back.
Christian P. Wolf - Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation
Our audience was more than captivated by her illuminating voice, gracefulness, and story-telling on stage. Jessica Waltz - City of Vista Avo Playhouse