Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996) - jazz singer | media star

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Ella Fitzgerald was a legendary American jazz singer for nearly 60 years. She made her debut at 17 at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. Often referred to as the "First Lady of Song" and "Queen of Jazz", she was famous for her improvisation, pure tone, intonation, and scat singing. Her musical collaborators included Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, and she appeared in numerous television shows, movies, and television commercials. Fitzgerald was awarded fourteen Grammy Awards, the National Medal of Arts, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 


“The only thing better than singing is more singing.” 

“Music is the universal language ... it brings people closer together.” 

“Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong.” 


Mark, G. (2018).  ELLA: A Biography of the Legendary Ella Fitzgerald.

Trusty, K. (2021). The Story of Ella Fitzgerald: A Biography Book for New Readers. 





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I’m a musician and artist in Southern Illinois. I have been painting most of my life but have only been painting professionally for about 5 years. I enjoy making people happy with art and music. My purpose is to use the talents God has given me and bring joy to people through art and music! 

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"Ella Fitzgerald"

Women Who Walked on Water

Joy Zimmerman

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Women Who Walked on Water (3:21) – mid-tempo with soulful vocals, rhythmic guitars, and lilting fiddle. A song of tribute to seventeen courageous women who changed the world.

Music & Lyrics by Joy Zimmerman

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