Rachelle Ferrell Fans: Post your favorite song!


Rachelle Ferrell is truly an amazing artist! Born and raised in Philadelphia, Ferrell got started singing in the second grade at age six. This no doubt contributed to the eventual development of her startling six-and-change octave range. She decided early on, after classical training on violin, that she wanted to try to make her mark musically as an instrumentalist and songwriter. In her mid-teens, her father bought her a piano with the provision that she learn to play to a professional level. Within six months, Ferrell had secured her first professional gig as a pianist/singer. She began performing at 13 as a violinist, and in her mid-teens as a pianist and vocalist. At 18, she enrolled in the Berklee College of Music in Boston to study composition and arranging, where her classmates included Branford Marsalis, Kevin Eubanks, Donald Harrison and Jeff Watts. She graduated in a year and taught music for awhile with Dizzy Gillespie for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Through the 1980s and into the early '90s, she'd worked with some of the top names in jazz, including Gillespie, Quincy Jones, George Benson and George Duke.

Ferrell's debut, First Instrument, was released in 1990 in Japan only. Recorded with bassist Tyrone Brown, pianist Eddie Green and drummer Doug Nally, an all-star cast of accompanists also leave their mark on her record. They include trumpeter Terrence Blanchard, pianists Gil Goldstein and Michel Petrucciani, bassists Kenny Davis and Stanley Clarke, tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter and keyboardist Pete Levin. Her unique take on now-standards like Sam Cooke's "You Send Me," Cole Porter's "What Is This Thing Called Love," and Rodgers & Hart's "My Funny Valentine," captured the hearts and souls of the Japanese jazz-buying public. In 1995, Blue Note/Capitol released her Japanese debut for U.S. audiences, and the response was similarly positive. Her 1992 self-titled U.S. debut, a more urban pop/contemporary album, was released on Capitol Records. Ferrell was signed to a unique two-label contract, recording pop and urban contemporary for Capitol Records and jazz music for Blue Note Records. For four consecutive years in the early '90s, Ferrell put in festival stopping performances at the Montreaux Jazz Festival.

Although Ferrell has captured the jazz public's attention as a vocalist, she continues to compose and write songs on piano and violin. Ferrell's work ethic has paid off, and Gillespie's predictions about her becoming a "major force" in the jazz industry came true. Her prolific songwriting abilities and ability to accompany herself on piano seem only to further her natural talent as a vocalist.

Post your favorite Rachelle Ferrell song!

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Comment by KC on July 31, 2009 at 6:31pm
the song she did with Will Downing Nothing has ever felt like this It was my wedding song
Comment by Desmond on July 31, 2009 at 5:39pm
Til you come back to me and With open arms.
Comment by marena on July 31, 2009 at 5:10pm
my favorite is the duet with Will Downing
Comment by Tishmin on July 31, 2009 at 5:05pm
It has to be the duet with Will Downing - Nothing Has Ever Felt Like This
Comment by Scott L Hudson on July 31, 2009 at 4:51pm
Gotta be ''Nothing Has Ever Felt Like This''. Why she and Will Downing don't do more together is a mystery.
Comment by Francine (Grown Folks Talk) on July 31, 2009 at 4:24pm
That whole album from 1992 is the best. I especially like "With Open Arms", "Welcome to my Love" and "I know you love me".
Comment by Linda Hardaway on July 31, 2009 at 3:23pm
"Nothing Has Ever Felt Like This", is just..... the song for ya!!
Comment by M&M on July 31, 2009 at 2:49pm
Nothing Has Ever Felt Like This w/Will Downing is my all time favorite song
Comment by Dale on July 31, 2009 at 2:41pm
I Can Explain is my all time favorite. Her vocal talent can not be matched by many in this day and age. Rachelle Ferrell is a Truly underrated artist and one of the last true artist out here today.
Comment by Kevin L. Graves on July 31, 2009 at 2:07pm
Till you come back to me.
I forgive you.


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