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. 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. 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.
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