Blues Singer with Stage 4 Laryngeal Cancer Has a Dream Come True

Orlando, FL, September 12, 2013 --( Danny Ellis, known throughout Central Florida as Danny Blues or Kokopeli Dan, announced that he has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Laryngeal Cancer. Ellis had just completed his lifelong dream of writing and producing a Blues CD, and received the news about his cancer the following day. He has scheduled surgery to remove his vocal cords in October 2013.

Danny’s dream was to perform his Blues music live on stage at the Hard Rock in Orlando. Debbie Leon, Development Director of Community Based Care of Central Florida, a non-profit organization that helps abused, neglected and abandoned children in foster care, has helped Danny’s dream to come true. She has graciously allowed Danny to perform three songs during their upcoming Dance, Dream, Inspire fundraiser on Saturday, September 14th.

“Danny waited his entire life to write this CD, and it’s devastating news that he probably will never get to perform his music live anymore,” said Susan Jerome, Ellis’ wife who is also a songwriter and performer. “Danny is keeping his sense of humor, and hopes to eventually become the first blues singer with an artificial voice box.”

Ellis, who turns 54 on September 23, was a well-known Karaoke host and equipment dealer in Melbourne, FL before he began performing live music shows with Jerome (also known as Suzanah Free), first as the “Reverend Danny and Sister Blues“ to the current duo SRAZZ. Ellis is retired from the United States Air Force. He now runs Computer Care Clinic, a computer and electronics repair store in Merritt Island, FL. Ellis has gone through chemotherapy and radiation before with a similar cancer. Surgery is the only option this time.

“Danny Blues’ new self-titled CD is truly awesome. I've recorded with many great blues artists but none like Danny,” said Eirinn Abu, a professional saxophone player who is featured on Ellis’ CD. "He is the Real Deal." Also featured on the album is good friend and guitarist Johnny Danger, who added sizzling guitar player to several tunes. Also you can hear Derek Bernard (Derek and the Slammers) adding some great harmonic work. The album is produced by well known Nashville Producer Tony Smith, (Lee Greenwood, Dolly Parton are some of his clients).

Only a few engagements remain before Ellis begins surgery. Leon has helped inspire Danny by making his dream come true. “Danny Blues,” Ellis’ self-titled CD, is now available on most music websites and on iTunes.

Press contact: Susan Jerome, Merritt Island, FL
321.302.9937 or
Event contact: Debbie Leon, Development Director
Community Based Care of Central Florida
4001 Pelee Street, Suite 200
Orlando, FL 32817
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