“Starting out in the music business at 16 years old I was performing as many as seven nights a week seven sets a night in smoky bars. I learned very quickly that my decision not to smoke was a very smart one. However, suffering the consequences of working in a smoke-filled environment was not something that I relished. Having had glaucoma all my life the effects of secondhand smoke on my eyes, not to mention my vocal cords and lungs has been difficult at times to say the least. I will continue to use my voice to speak out against venues that continue to allow smoking.”
Ellis Hall also known as “The Ambassador of Soul” is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer who has been featured on multiple Grammy nominated projects. Having been blind since the age of 18 he has performed internationally as a lead singer/keyboardist for the soul-funk band Tower of Power, The California Raisins and is known for his multi-platinum hit “What Does It Take” on the Kenny G Duo Tones Album. Hall has also shared the stage with some of the most noted performers of our time to include, the Legendary Ray Charles of whom he is the declared Protégé. Hall also has two successful concept Symphony shows Ellis Hall Presents: Ray Motown and Beyond and Ellis Hall: Soul Unlimited where he is supported by major symphony orchestras such as The Boston Pops, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The National Symphony Orchestra to name a few.