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Singer, songwriter and Tony-nominated actress Elisabeth Withers is driven. More than your average Broadway star or R&B singer, Withers' artistic and humanitarian ambitions run broader, deeper and are more enduringly compassionate than any single label or box allows. As vibrant, real, and célébrons la vie as her electrifying rendition of Shug Avery in the original Broadway cast of Oprah Winfrey Presents: The Color Purple, Withers is constantly striving for greater challenges in her art and more substantive impacts in the world. Whether strumming audiences' heart-chords with soul-tingling lyrics from her Blue Note debut, It Can Happen To Anyone, or drawing on her Too Beautiful foundation to inspire young women to embrace and use their unique individualism to realize their own purpose, Elisabeth Withers' goal is nothing less than to touch the world.
These timeless ideals were fostered by Withers' loving parents and her preternaturally accomplished family of academics and scientists. Withers' Midwestern family unflinchingly supported their lone artist in her decision to train in piano and voice at the renowned Berklee School of Music in Boston and in her bold move to tackle The Big Apple. Championing their prodigal daughter in her early takeover of Manhattan's grueling audition circuit, they motivated Withers to master her craft by securing her MFA from New York University and create opportunities for herself instead of "waiting to be discovered." It was family who supported Withers' through her years as a session and background singer for A-list artists like Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, R. Kelly, Celine Dion and Jennifer Lopez, and Withers' early performances as a "Vowelle" on the PBS children's series Between The Lion. Their tireless encouragement paid off when Withers' talent and tenacity earned her (under her Ellé Patrice alter ego) the life-changing opportunity to co-write Billboard Top 5 club songs like "Rising" and "Emotions" with hitmaker Tony Moran (Janet, Beyonce, Cher) in 2002. By 2005, the entire family was rejoicing over the news that Withers had won over both Oprah Winfrey and Quincy Jones to land the feature role of Shug Avery as Withers' Broadway debut and eventual Tony-nominated turn.
Soon the family and critics weren't alone in cheering Withers; audiences around the world were beginning to recognize her singular talents. It wasn't long before the legendary Blue Note Records joined Withers' movement, signing and launching her as a national recording artist with the release of her critically acclaimed debut It Can Happen To Anyone. Largely self-penned by Withers, the skillfully crafted songs from her debut were quickly licensed by blue-chip companies like Corona and San Andreas for their Grand Theft Auto video game. The duel triumphs of being an acclaimed Broadway actress and major label artist, opened doors for Withers to become a darling of the speaker circuit, making featured appearances at Dr. OZ/HEALTHCORPS, VERIZON, The Uniworld Group, National Black Caucus, Odyssey Network Group, The LINKS, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, ASCAP and the Grammy Board for Grammy's In Schools.
But, that was then, and the never complacent Withers' razor focus is on the now. With a new partner (her Musical Director, musician Damon Mendes) , new daughter, a new Broadway vehicle in the pipeline, and a bevy of new material, Withers returns to the main stage refreshed, renewed, and ready to conquer even higher horizons. Recently signed through a landmark joint agreement between E1 Music and Purpose Music Group for the release of her forthcoming project, Withers is poised to re-introduce her artistry to eager fans after a three-year hiatus. With more intimate, world-wizened songs and dynamic performances intended to lighten listeners' heart, Withers is prepping a promotional tour to rival the great women who influenced Withers' distinct sound: the honey-warmed resonance of Gladys Knight, the fiery growls of rocker Tina Turner, and the storytelling realism of Mary J. Blige. Withers' has already convinced the legendary Bill Withers (no relation) she's the real deal; leading into her tour the two will be sharing a historic duet of "Lean on Me" for the Library of Congress. Adding esteemed company like Bill Withers to her unconventional, improvisational performance style, original jams, and fierce covers of rarities like Mother's Finest "Love Changes" and Knight's "Neither One Of Us," and you just know Withers' plans to take audiences up on a moving, unpredictable ride. Anything can happen.
From transforming girls' lives with her Too Beautiful foundation to caressing the souls of fans the world over with her generous gifts as an actress and singer/songwriter, the future Carole King of soul won't rest until she's quite "Simply The Best." Her family wouldn't have it any other way.
|1. Rock And The Raincloud|
|2. I Remember|
|3. Bittersweet feat. Gordon Chambers|
|4. I Believe|
|5. Take Me Back|
|6. No Regrets|
|10. Because I Love You|
|11. Everything Is Gonna Be Alright|
Great artist with a soulful sound. Elisabeth covers a lot of ground with this CD. A must buy !Published 11 months ago by Capt Rob
Phenomenal Artist. Songs are on point. Voice is superb! You must listen to the words to really appreciate, however, the beat is great for driving as well.Published 21 months ago by L. Jones
I really like #1 ( I had to get up and brush myself off). The whole cd is nice. #1 tells u to let go, fall pick yourself up and move on.Published on October 23, 2012 by yvonne
No Regrets is a wonderful CD. I listen to it in the car, at home, and on my IPOD. Elisabeth has a fantastic and flexible voice. Read morePublished on October 20, 2012 by Bellmx
EW should be a "STAR". Two wonderful cds that should be heard be all. Both her cds have songs that in another time would've been major hits on Billboard charts and at radio.Published on July 7, 2011 by Craig Horsford
Her new album is very American, the sound, music style, but I like it of course! I can listen to it over and over. There are some powerful ballads and some fast tracks. Read morePublished on November 26, 2010 by Slawomir Zenderowski