Elisabeth Withers

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Elisabeth Withers
Also known as Elle Patrice
Origin Joliet, Illinois, U.S.
Genres Neo soul, R&B, jazz
Occupation(s) Singer, Songwriter
Labels Blue Note Records
Associated acts Toby Gad

Elisabeth Withers is an American neo soul and R&B singer-songwriter.


Withers was born in Joliet, Illinois, and studied at the Berklee College of Music and then at New York University.[1] She sang as a backup vocalist for Celine Dion and Jennifer Lopez, among others, and released several dance singles under the name Elle Patrice, including "Rising" and "Emotions". After hearing these singles, Nick Ashford asked her to audition for a Broadway production of The Color Purple, where she won the part of Shug Avery.[2][3] Her performance earned her a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical nomination at the 60th Tony Awards. In 2007, she released a full-length album on Blue Note Records.


Studio albums
  • "Be With You" (2006) U.S. R&B #43[4]
  • "Simple Things" (2007) U.S. R&B #53


  1. ^ Matt Collar, ( Elisabeth Withers > Biography ) Allmusic.com.
  2. ^ "Elisabeth Withers Biography" starpulse.com. Retrieved 10-08-2010.
  3. ^ "Elisabeth Withers-Mendes". Playbill. Retrieved January 30, 2017. 
  4. ^ Singles, Allmusic

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