KERRY ELLIS & BRIAN MAY - Acoustic By Candlelight (2013) & Golden Days (2017)
Kerry Jane Ellis is an English actress and singer who is best known for her work in musical theatre and subsequent crossover into music. Ellis made her first professional stage appearance in 1998 and went on to make her West End debut in the 2001 revival of My Fair Lady as Martine McCutcheon's understudy in the role of Eliza Doolittle. After meeting Queen guitarist Brian May in 2002, she landed the role of Meat in the original London cast of We Will Rock You and has subsequently played lead roles in West End musicals Les Misérables, Wicked (which also took her to Broadway), Oliver! and Cats as well as appearing in national tours and concert productions of musicals like Miss Saigon, Chess, The War of the Worlds and Rent. Ellis, who has received several awards and nominations for her performances, has become recognised as the First Lady of West End musicals.
Acoustic by Candlelight: Live on The Born Free Tour is the first live album by actress and singer Kerry Ellis and rock musician Brian May, released on 17 June 2013. The 15-track album consists of material from live shows of the first leg of their Born Free Tour, which the pair embarked on in late 2012.
‘Golden Days’ is the latest collaboration from Brian May and Kerry Ellis, who have now been working together for nigh on 15 years – ever since Kerry first created the role of Meat in the Queen/Ben Elton musical ‘We Will Rock You’. However, this latest release is actually their first together as a credited duo and also their first under a new deal with Sony Music. ‘Anthems’, released in 2010, was a Kerry Ellis solo album but produced by Brian May, and the hidden gem ‘Acoustic by Candlelight’ live album was a limited release put out on May’s own Duck Productions label. This new collection is a diverse mix of songs penned by both Brian and, for the first time, Kerry herself. Along with several more well-known tracks that have become favourites of the duo following their numerous live performances together.
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