Kerry Ellis releases brilliant debut album produced by Brian May
â€œA voice in a million . . . Kerry is the most exciting singer to emerge from England in a very long time” â€“ Brian May
Thatâ€™s the verdict of Queen founding member Brian May, CBE, on the sensational singing of Kerry Ellis.
Already hailed as one of the most thrilling vocal talents on todayâ€™s West End stage, Kerryâ€™s voice is soon to reach far beyond the theatre with her eagerly awaited debut album â€˜Anthemsâ€™, masterminded by Brian May.
The collaboration continued all through the following years in which Brian did two world tours with Queen, and Kerry starred in Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, and finally Wicked. The combination of these two great musical talents now results in one of the most original and exciting collaborations in recent years.
Infused with the distinctive sound of Mayâ€™s legendary guitar-playing, plus some of Rockâ€™s heaviest drummers, and full orchestra, arranged by May and Steve Sidwell, â€˜Anthemsâ€™ is a large-scale epic so individual that it â€œmight define a new area in music – a kind of Anthemic-Orchestral-Rock-Musical-Theatre-Fusionâ€ (May).
Broadway too has already come under Kerryâ€™s spell. When starring as Elphaba in Wicked she won the Broadway.com Audience Award for â€˜Favorite Breakthrough Performanceâ€™. This year Kerryâ€™s commanding musical authority has led to her being selected as a mentor, inspiring the would-be Dorothys on BBC1â€™s Over The Rainbow.
Kerry and Brian stole the show when they performed together at the Royal Variety Show in 2008, and now at last their long-standing musical partnership is to be immortalised on disc. There is also another chance to see them perform live together, this time in Hyde Park, on 11th September at Proms in the Park, which is also broadcast on BBC Radio 2.
Currently Kerry is bringing the house down as Nancy in the award-winning production of Oliver! at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. But there is no doubt that Kerry Ellisâ€™ voice â€œtranscends the genre, fusing drama, warmth and passionâ€ (May)
â€˜Anthemsâ€™ is out on 13th September on Decca Records