It doesn't matter what language this woman sings in (and she sings in quite a few), it's captivating. Even when she scats, it's beautiful."
"Phyllis Chapell is an elegant singer who will steal your heart away if you let her. She accompanies herself on guitar, which she plays authoritatively...Her music is tasteful, eclectic and real. She eludes all labels!"
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Phyllis Chapell has spent her life developing a universal musical style, singing "world songs." Her repertoire includes songs in 13 languages from Brazil, Latin America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, as well as American folk, jazz and popular music. She also has a repertoire of original songs; and her "Soul in Flight" won 2nd place in the Best Cabaret/Torch song category of the Just Plain Folks awards. In 2009, Phyllis Chapell was named one of the top 521 jazz vocalists of all time by Scott Yanow in his book "The Jazz Singers: The Ultimate Guide" published by Hal Leonard.
Phyllis Chapell has performed in concert as a solo artist and/or with her ensemble SIORA in the U.S., Latin America, Brazil and Europe. She lives and performs mostly in the Philadelphia area (including the Mid-Atlantic region).
In addition to her CDs with SIORA ("SIORA", "Vis-a-Vis" , "Vision of the Dry Bones", and "The Other Side of the River"), she has recorded 2 solo CDs called "World Songs" and "Voice in Flight."
Phyllis Chapell also performs with Intercultural Journeys--a multicultural ensemble led by Philadelphia Orchestra cellist Udi Bar-David, the Ken Ulansey Ensembles (www.kenumusic.com), the Philly Musette Ensemble (www.phillymusette.com), and the Hot Club of Philadelphia (www.hotclubphilly.com), playing its own brand of gypsy jazz.
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