That's the Way It Is
Ella Pennewell was born in Arizona and grew up in Oakland CA. She started singing at the age of four. As an adult, she formed two bands called the natural sounds and Phase Four. Ella began singing in the hottest spots in and around the bay area and abroad. A dynamic soulful singer that grabs your inner feeling with her songs with a strong Gospell sound but with a smooth velvity touch to the ear. She has performed at Rocky's in Reno NV.MERRIOTT Resort Hotel on Marco Island Fla. John Lee Hooker's Boom Boom Room in San Francisco CA., Lake Merritt Hotel Oakland CA. Golden Gate park for the Beijing fund raiser, Hyatt Regency Oakland CA., Princeton Inn at Half-moon Bay CA. The Concord Chronicle Pavillion fund raiser for the 911 disaster Ella has performed at many blues festivals. Monterey,Los Angeles, Marin County, The zucchini in Hayward, The Mushroom in Oakland, The Heritage in Oakland, San Luis Obispo Ca, Black Diamond in Pittsburgh, The Sonnora festival, The Tracy Blues festival, Swans festival down town Oakland, The Shasta blues festival In Mt. Shasta CA.Alameda County Fair, And the Haywire Russell City Blues festival. She has worked with and open shows for such greats as BILL 'SUMMER TIME' HEMMONS, RUFUS THOMAS, CARLA THOMAS, BOBBY BLUE BLAND, VERNON GARRETT, MISSISSIPPI JOHNNY WATERS, JIMMY McCRACKLIN, JIMMY WITHERSPOON PETE ESCAVETTO, BUDDY ACE, JESSIEJAMES, JOHNNY TAYLOR. Julien Vaught was born in Wilmington, North Carolina, and grew up in New York City. While performing at a Brooklyn nightclub, he was discovered by the 'Flamingo's', and later joined the group. The Flamingo's were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on March 1, 2001. He has toured nationally and internationally performing with such artists as: Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, Smokey Robinson, Temptations, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Manhattans, Bobby Blue Bland, the late Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson and numerous others. He has done extensive session work with B.B. King, Sara Vaughn, Wilbert Harrison and other great musicians and entertainers. Julien has performed at various Blues Festivals and the Monterey Jazz Festival. He is currently performing in night clubs throughout California and the Bay Area. Julien Vaught works with Ella Pennewell who just released their first CD together Titled 'THAT'S THE WAY IT IS', which consists of Rhythm & Blues Pop and Jazzy sounds.