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Rachelle Ferrell

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Rachelle Ferrell began singing at the age of six, which contributed to the “development of her startling six-and-change octave range.” Her range also includes the ability to reach the whistle register, as stated in an editorial review in which she references her whistle note in “It only took a minute” as “Minnie Riperton-like wailing”. She received classical training on violin at an early age and by the time she was a teen, she was able to play the piano at a professional level. She enrolled in Berklee College of Music in Boston where she honed her musical abilities in arrangement, singing and songwriting.

Ferrell’s 1992 eponymous debut album was released on Capitol Records and had a more contemporary/pop ambience. She, however, was also able to release jazz recordings on Blue Note Records, as a result of her unique contract.

In 2014, Rachelle Ferrell appeared on a new webseries called “Now What with Kevin E. Taylor,” where she was the series season premiere. Ferrell decided, moved by Spirit, to sing her entire interview and at one point, she reduced the host to tears.

Discography

* 1989: First Instrument (Blue Note)
* 1992: Rachelle Ferrell (Manhattan)
* 1994: Somethin’ Else[4]
* 2000: Individuality (Can I Be Me?) (Capitol)
* 2002: Live at Montreux (Blue Note)

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In 1999, Rachelle appeared at the “Lady of Soul Awards” to pay tribute to Natalie Cole singing “I’ve Got Love On My Mind.” The audience gave Rachelle a standing ovation.[5] The jazz singer later commented that she was surprised at the reaction, “I came out with no make up, with wild hair…and the people went crazy! It was such a blessing to have people respond that way after being away for a long time…”[6]

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  • xinty

    Missed her London gig @ Ronnie Scotts wasn't able to get tickets SOLD OUT! Saw her in the '90s with David Sanborn she was outstanding then and only seems to have got better with time. an awesome talent.

    25 Oct 2:59pm Reply
  • discotequedude

    An awesome talent who is relatively unknown to the general public. I am became exposed her to her music.

    17 Jun 12:32am Reply
  • lawalker129

    I'm feeling some type of way now. With open Arms. This girl can sing.

    23 Jan 10:33pm Reply
  • dpbaul

    Look at the newest footage of Rachelle singing with Jennifer Hudson. Even Jennifer was intimidated by her awesome voice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0z28DVKBDI

    10 Mar 2012 Reply
  • nickmagic

    I Can Explain che stupeeeeeeeeeeenda canzone!! Complimenti Rachelle!! Che voce profonda, unica eccezzzzzzzzzzzzzzionale Rachelle Talent of ...LaBelle Best Voice Rachelle....

    9 Nov 2011 Reply
  • complexlogix

    luv it

    28 Aug 2011 Reply
  • msmiamarie

    I am fan of Rachelle. I remeber seeing her in Detoit. She sang a song about the rain when it the rain tried to shut her concert down. This woman is deep. Truly love her. Her records have got me through alot.

    17 Jan 2011 Reply
  • ChiCapDiva

    She never ceases to amaze me. Been a fan since my youth. Got to see her live at Bernie Mac's funeral (sad), but God, if she didn't break me into uncontrollable tears with that voice.

    12 Dec 2010 Reply
  • fred_scott

    JUST A GREAT TALENT

    14 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Batabid

    her voice...OH MY GOD

    12 Aug 2010 Reply
  • lastffm

    never heard such a voice..there are no words to describe it..

    5 Aug 2010 Reply
  • AngieMornington

    I love you Rachelle! The day I get to see you live I know I'ma need to wear extra arm deodorant. :))

    20 Mar 2010 Reply
  • mochajersey

    I've been a fan of this woman since 1992, but only got to see her perform live for the first time this past weekend at the Blue Note in NYC. To see her live is a whole other element. If you get the chance, do it! You will not be sorry.

    23 Feb 2010 Reply
  • bubsit07

    jazzy soul sista...thats what im talkin bout

    31 Dec 2009 Reply
  • EmpressEricka

    i just saw her live. oh my jebus.

    9 May 2009 Reply
  • fodkcfkdjm

    What a voice!!!!!!!!!!!

    25 Apr 2009 Reply
  • NichelleC

    I love you! Your are my mentor!!!! Nichelle Music Hope to meet you in person one day!!!

    27 Mar 2009 Reply
  • nashamarah

    She has a very unique voice, awesome range, love it

    16 Mar 2009 Reply
  • nachtpolter

    I agree 100%. SUPERB!!!!!

    12 Dec 2008 Reply
  • tiffpenn

    She is an excellent vocalist and an underrated songwriter as well.

    24 Nov 2008 Reply
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