Platinum award-winning artist, Lance Ellington, is the resident voice on Strictly Come Dancing and one of the UK’s most prominent male vocalists. His regular appearances on the BBC’s globally successful prime time show have endeared him to millions of UK dance and music fans and his charismatic style and sultry tones have entertained more than 30 million people world wide.
The son of legendary 1950’s bandleader Ray Ellington, Lance’s elegant vocal style has been in great demand from the world’s top recording artists, and he has worked with artists such as Sting, Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, Freddie Mercury, Lionel Richie, George Michael, Paul Carrack, Take That and Robbie Williams. Lance has also worked in concert alongside George Benson, Natalie Cole, James Brown, Gary Barlow, Susan Boyle and Anton du Beke.
Aside from being heard on numerous film and TV projects like the X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent and Grease is the Word, Lance also appeared as his father in the movie The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, alongside Geoffrey Rush and Charlize Theron. This inspired him to record his first two albums, Lessons In Love and There Comes a Time.
Lance recently completed his UK tour of 'Ellington Sings Ellington', featuring his live 8-piece band. 'Ellington Sings Elllington' skillfully blends the music of his father, legendary jazz band leader and 'Goon Show' personality, Ray Ellington, with the Duke Ellington sound and some of Lance's original compositions.
He has also been performing 'The Best of Bond' as lead vocalist with the renowned classical conductor, Carl Davis, alongside the Birmingham, Halle and Prague Symphony Orchestras. Lance celebrated Carl's 75th Birthday on the BBC's Live Radio programme 'Friday Night is Music Night' as one of the solo vocalists. In Spring 2012, Lance travelled to the Far East appearing as lead vocalist with the Malaysian Philarmonic Orchestra. On his return to the UK, Lance performed a concert version of Guys and Dolls at the Cadogan Hall with a wonderful West End cast and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.