Ella Fitzgerald - Cheek To Cheek (Live)

Designed and directed by: Sharon Liu
Producer: Aaron Lampert
Animators: Nicolette van Gendt & Freya Hotson

Los Angeles – June 3, 2022 – The majesty and magic of Ella Fitzgerald performing live is brought to vivid life in the new animated video for the incredible, one-of-a-kind performance of her beloved tune, “Cheek To Cheek,” recorded live at the Hollywood Bowl on August 16, 1958 with a full orchestra, conducted and arranged by Paul Weston. Directed and animated by London-based artist Sharon Liu, the whimsical, beautifully hand drawn and painted video pays homage to the world-famous venue which played such a pivotal part in Ella’s story and celebrates The First Lady of Song through a dazzling array of gorgeous, ever-changing gowns as she struts and twirls across colorful scenes while masterfully singing the timeless tune.

“Ella’s music has always been a favorite in my household, so I feel incredibly honored to create this music video for the legendary Ella Fitzgerald’s special live recording,” Sharon Liu said. “Every single frame of the video is hand drawn and artworked; each color is hand painted on a separate layer for each frame. I feel that hand drawn animation is the perfect visual accompaniment for jazz!”

“Cheek To Cheek” is taken from Ella At The Hollywood Bowl: The Irving Berlin Songbookreleased June 24 2022 via Verve/UMe.

Behind the scenes

Music video by Ella Fitzgerald performing Cheek To Cheek (Live). A Verve Records / UMe release; © 2022 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.