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Jerry Fain shows grit and determination that embodies the essence of Ellis Williams' song, "This Is The Call." The composition is the intro track to the sophomore album, "Call To Battle."
CJ Shearn, a writer for the New York Jazz Workshop gave a very descriptive and detailed review for Call to Battle, the latest release by Ellis Williams. Shearn writes, "Williams treatment on "Call To Battle" has thoroughly enveloped the central message of social justice in modern production to make the music engaging for a young generation." Read Shearn's full review here where he gives the album an 8.5/10.
Call to Battle is currently climbing the CMJ Top 40 Jazz charts reaching the 38th spot in its debut week. With consistent radio airplay across the country more and more people are being introduced to the mutli-genre sound of Ellis Williams. Stick around for more updates!
"You can’t stay in the church basement forever. This is the sound of civil rights jazz for millennials. Relying more on African influences, funk and hip hop than dissonance, you can hear echoes of the past within this look toward the future. Quite the powerful set that makes an impact much the way Miles did when he was shaking it up and shaking it loose for the hippies that didn’t realize what his underlying message really was. Wild stuff that’s not too wild, the emotions here give the playing that extra special sauce that really touches home. Check it out."
Call to Battle ties for the number one spot on the CMJ Jazz Adds Charts issue #1432 in its first week! This album is off to a great start!
Enjoy these two music videos uploaded to Youtube last week! Remember to SUBSCRIBE for more updates and share these with all of your friends.
"Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)" and "Crazy" looped covers.
Over the weekend a track from Call to Battle was played over the "45 RPM" Radio Show in Bulgaria! Braving Darkness, the second track off of the album, was heard in a set with the likes of Earth, Wind, and Fire, and other amazing artists and musicians. Listen below and share this moment on your social channels! Braving Darkness can be heard past the 1:20:00 mark. A huge thanks to all that have made this possible and stay tuned because we are just getting started!
It has been about two weeks since the release of Ellis' second coming album, Call to Battle, and it has already created quite a few buzz-worthy moments within online media. A big "thanks" to those bloggers who took time out of their days to listen. . . .
The latest album from Ellis Williams is now available on iTunes for pre-order! This is your opportunity to preview the album and purchase it for an instant download upon its release January 19th. Also, there is a NEW page added to the website titled, "Call to Battle" where you can preview, learn the backstory, and purchase the album.
If you have not checked out the lead single from the album "Call to Battle" yet you can search for it on Youtube or simply click the link. As of now the video has gathered over 8,000 views and is still growing! The single is also available for streaming on Soundcloud and, with the rest of the album, will be streamed on iHeartradio and Spotify come the official release date. Thank you for your continued support and love!
Here is the official lyric video of the title track "Call to Battle" from my next studio album! The album will be released January 19th through all distributors and available for streaming via Spotify and others. The opportunity to PRE-ORDER your copy will be available by this week's end.
Tomorrow you will see the release of the music video to the title track "Call To Battle." Along with the video will be the unveiling of the album cover to the album coming January 19th. Come back to the website for the latest news and updates on the album!
Happy New Year!
Christmas has been a huge blessing for me this year because I am able to be back in Columbia, South Carolina with my family for the first time in 4 years! I’ve been working hard recording with some amazing studio musicians and the music is really starting the flow! Given the holiday spirit, I want you all to enjoy two BRAND NEW videos that I had the pleasure to cover exclusively for the holidays.
The first video is an incredibal arrangement of Have Yourself A Funky Little Christmas by Donovan “Dea Cea” Capron featuring Douglas McDonald on alto saxophone, Eric McNair on drums, and myself on trumpet. The second video is another classic performed by myself on trumpet with special guest, Cynthia Harewood on vocals. Feel free to like, share, and subscribe to my youtube channel. Merry Christmas!!!
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