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Elijah Rock

Long-dedicated to upholding and aligning himself with the first class carriage and aesthetic of timeless entertainment, singer/actor/dancer Elijah Rock is carrying the blazing torch for the legacy of George & Ira Gershwin, bringing a contemporary and decidedly African American twist to their timeless music with several forward thinking projects. Gershwin For My Soul (release date April 18) is the Cleveland-born baritone’s brand new critically acclaimed album. Jazziz Magazine marvels, “Rock brings both chops and emotion to his masculine yet sensitive delivery.” Rock travelled to Thailand to star and make his directorial debut in a gorgeous music video for the lead single/title track “Gershwin For My Soul” that is bringing a sensual touch of class to video outlets around the globe. Rock and his lovely co-star cavort in the sun-dappled climes and evening breezes of Phuket interspersed with Elijah crooning about the timeless grace of Gershwin and sumptuous amour – thus Elijah’s new moniker, “Mr. Romance.” It is but one of 12 masterful performances on the album, produced and arranged by Grammy-winning keyboardist/musical director Kevin Toney to bring the music of Gershwin into its rightful contemporary space, ably aided by bassist John B. Williams and drummer Greg Paul, plus guitarists Jacques Lesure and John Storie. The arrangements range from hiply syncopated updates on “Fascinating Rhythm” and “Our Love is Here to Stay” to Rock milking the rarely heard extended introduction to “How Long Has This Been Going On?” (before it falls like feathers into a soft brushed blues) and a version of the delightful “S’Wonderful” in a tender take that recalls the spirit of recently departed Al Jarreau. The album represents a full circle journey for Rock who started singing at 8 in church followed by his first Gershwin songs from “Porgy & Bess” at 16 at the Cleveland Institute of Music. That connection is key to Elijah Rock reviving the music of “Porgy & Bess” in a revolutionary new presentation that takes what was originally written as an Opera then turned into a Broadway musical into a pure jazz adaptation. Utilizing the story as retold in the most recent Broadway book written by Suzan Lori Parks, with Kevin Toney’s sparkling arrangements for 5-piece band and Rock in the role of “Porgy” with a scaled down cast, this “Porgy & Bess” premiered at the 300-seat Ensemble Theater in Santa Barbara, California to raves from audiences bowled over by the intimacy, the freshness and Rock’s mastery.

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"Rock brings both chops and emotion to his masculine yet sensitive delivery" - Jazziz Magazine “You are a triple threat entertainer who can act, sing, and tap dance. It is clear to me that we need more young entertainers like you who are passionate to carry on our tradition. I know Ira would have been impressed had he the opportunity to experience you LIVE on the stage!” Michael S. Strunsky (Trustee, The Ira and Leonore Gershwin Trusts) “There aren’t many real triple threats in the world. My late husband (Gene Kelly) was one. It was so refreshing to see – and hear – you on the stage last night and to confirm that there are, indeed, more incredibly talented men on the horizon who can sing, dance, and act.” Patricia Ward Kelly “Elijah is a breath of fresh air, a wonderful talent to keep your eye on.” Maurice Hines (Actor, Singer, Dancer) "It's clear we've found our next superstar entertainer in Elijah Rock!" Bill Cobbs (Actor) “His is an epic voice that can splendidly carry on the legacies of Billy Eckstine, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Hartman, Harry Connick Jr., and other great jazz crooners." Irma P

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Nat King Cole
piano and vocals
Sammy Davis Jr.
voice / vocals
Johnny Hartman
voice / vocals
Arthur Prysock
voice / vocals
Joe Williams
voice / vocals


Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Matters of the Heart

Self Produced


Gershwin for My Soul

Elijah Rock Holdings, LLC



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