Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Ellen Honert, a native of the Netherlands, always knew she would be a singer. She studied piano early on and then jazz voice at the Dutch Conservatory of Music but dropped out because she felt she was losing her personal voice. Cycling home from a Tuck and Patti concert in Amsterdam, she ran into the American musicians on a canal and they invited her to a jazz camp in California. Honert used this opportunity to launch her musical career in the US. After a stint of gospel singing at Glide Church in San Francisco, Honert joined V Soul, a group of singers from Glide, which toured the Netherlands. In 2006 Ellen teamed up with renowned Bay Area producer Frank Martin, who invited a host of stellar musicians, including Tuck and Patti, to record Breath of the Soul, Ellen's first CD. This album features six original songs (four co-authored with Martin) and six covers, all arranged by Martin.