Tanya Boutté Ellsworth
A member of the Boutté clan, Ellsworth learned to sing as she learned to walk. At the age of 16, she began her professional singing career with Mixx Company. At 18, she performed with TNT Ka-Nection and hit the stage with her aunt, singer Lillian Boutté, at the Ascona Jazz Festival in Switzerland, where her unique style, modern interpretations, and sultry voice captivated audiences. She has now performed at the festival for over 25 years. Ellsworth has made her rounds throughout Europe, performing at the Molde Jazz Festival and the Slida Jazz Festival in Norway; the Copenhagen Blues Festival and the Tuna Festival in Denmark; and the Oxford University Summer Music Program, the Regents Jazz in the Park Series, and the Gospel United Tour in England.
In the Big Easy, Ellsworth is a mainstay at the Jazz & Heritage Festival and the French Quarter Festival. She has performed at the NOLA Downtown Music and Arts Festival, the Bombay Club, and the Daughters of Charity Gala. Her repertoire includes, jazz, R&B, gospel, Motown, top-40, and reggae. Her expansive vocal range combined with her stage presence has opened doors to perform with music legends such as Latimore, Harry Connick Jr., Shirley Brown, B.B. King, Allen Toussaint, Bonnie Raitt, Leroy Jones, Craig Klein, Mark Braud, John Boutté, Lilllian Boutté, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Wendell Brunious, Redd Holloway, Herlin Riley, Raymond Weber, Irma Thomas, and Shannon Powell.