Originally from Manhattan, Elli Fordyce is a highly accomplished
vocalist and actor. She has performed all over the NY-Metro
area, including an appearance at the Town Hall Cabaret Convention.
Elli also has numerous film, TV, and live theatre credits
to her name, including "September 12th," "Chappelle's Show"
and "Guys & Dolls."
Prior to returning to NY 28 years ago, Elli took some breaks
in her musical career. One break was to devote herself to
raising a family; another was after a devastating accident
on a snowy highway en route to a gig when the car carrying
the band and equipment crashed into a disabled truck. A successful
year-long "Elli Fordyce And Her Favorite Things" tour ended
abruptly, leaving scars of many kinds. Elli stopped singing
for 15 years ("not even 'Happy Birthday,' not even in the
shower") and focused firmly on much needed physical and spiritual
But Elli's musical journey was not over. A tiny ginger-colored Yorkie pup named Dindi (meaning "little jewel" in Portuguese, as well as the title of Elli's favorite Jobim bossa nova) got her singing again. Dindi loved Elli's singing the namesake song to the puppy. Inspiration renewed, Elli joined a cabaret workshop taught by brilliant MAC-Award-winning artist Lina Koutrakos. Soon after, she came under the tutelage of renowned jazz pianist/educator Barry Harris. Elli credits Barry with putting her squarely back on the path she was meant to follow and making a comeback inevitable.
And come back she has! Her new CD, "Something STILL Cool," has become an overnight sensation with rave reviews:
"Whatever the term [cool] means ... you know it when you
hear it. And Elli Fordyce is cool! ... as implied in the title,
once cool, always cool, vintage cool ... Ms. Fordyce has the
spirit and voice of one of the blessed, the spirit and stamina
of eternal song." (Bob Gish, Jazz Improv-NY).
"Fordyce's voice is lovely with strong command, a natural
rhythmic touch and just a touch of a rough edge ... scatting
with aplomb, she also shows a knack for the south of the border
sound .. a true showcase for a singer whom one wishes would
have never had to give up singing for so long ... better late
than never ... heartfelt version of "Something Cool" .. great
choice for lovers of vocal jazz standards ... doesn't sing
by rote, and her vocal ideas are full of imagination and personality,
but neither does she detract from the beauty of the melody
... it is clear that Elli Fordyce knows ... the real meaning
of 'cool.'" (Brad Walseth, www.jazzchicago.net)
"I am enjoying your music so much! Your CD was a great
surprise for me. I always [love] discovering great talent
for our audience ... Our audience is very lucky to have your
new tracks for their enjoyment at www.radioIO.com."
And, quoting Elli, at 71, "It's never too late!"