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Rachelle Ferrell
Born 1961
Origin Berwyn, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Genres Jazz, Pop, R&B, Gospel, Classical
Years active 1974 – Present
Labels Blue Note, Capitol

Rachelle Ferrell (b. 1961, Berwyn, Pennsylvania) is an American singer and musician. Although she has had some success in the mainstream R&B, pop, gospel, and classical music scene, she is most noted for her talents as a contemporary jazz singer.



Rachelle Ferrell began singing at the age of six, which contributed to the "development of her startling six and change octave range."[1] Her range also includes the ability to sing in the whistle register, as stated in an editorial review[2] in which she references her whistle notes in "It only took a minute" as "Minnie Riperton-like wailing". She received classical training in violin at an early age and by the time she was a teen, she was able to play the piano at a professional level. She enrolled in Berklee College of Music in Boston where she honed her musical abilities in arrangement, singing and songwriting.

From 1975-90, Ferrell sang backup for Lou Rawls, Patti LaBelle, Vanessa Williams, and George Duke. Ferrell's debut, First Instrument, was released in 1990 in Japan, five years prior to its U.S. release. 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 Terence 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.[3]


Year Title Genre Label
2002 Live at Montreux 91-97 [Live] Jazz Blue Note
2000 Individuality (Can I Be Me?) R&B, Gospel, and Jazz Capitol
1994 Nothing Has Ever Felt Like This, w/Will Downing R&B, Pop Capitol
1993 Welcome to My Love R&B, Pop Capitol
1992 Rachelle Ferrell Jazz/Contemporary Capitol/EMI
1992 Til You Come Back to Me Jazz/Contemporary Capitol
1990 Somethin' Else Jazz/Contemporary Blue Note
1990 First Instrument Jazz/Contemporary EMI (Japan)
Blue Note (1995)


In 1999, Rachelle appeared at the "Lady of Soul Awards" to pay tribute to Natalie Cole singing "I've Got Love On My Mind." The audience gave Rachelle a standing ovation. The jazz singer later commented that she was surprised at the reaction, "I came out with no make up, with wild hair . . . and the people went crazy! It was such a blessing to have people respond that way after being away for [such] a long time . . ."[4]


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