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Welcome to the official website for Rozlyn Sorrell, where you will discover all the things I am doing in the various performance areas of my life. Stop by often for frequent updates. I am going to enjoy sharing the journey with you.
When Rozlyn hit her final note on Gershwin"s "Porgy, I'se Your Woman Now" when appearing as a special guest soloist with the North Carolina Symphony in the Koka Booth Amphitheater, there was that glorious moment of silent "awe" en masse-before more than 7,000 concertgoers rose to their feet in thunderous acclaim. We all know it doesn't really get any better than that. -Stephen Barefoot
When Rozlyn Sorrell sings her signature “I’ve Got to Sing My Song,” it is undiluted, pure, organic truth. She displays resplendent vocal artistry and has been blessed with an extraordinary gift. Offering a finely tunes mix of popular, semi-classical and/or sacred-themed repertoire in a concert performance, she reveals a soothing grace, innate regal bearing and a calm emotional honesty sung deep from the heart. A New York native, Rozlyn spent a number of years performing in music and film in Los Angeles before relocating to North Carolina where she operates Vocal Precision Studio, a private vocal coaching business while expanding her concert touring and work in film, television and music.
She has performed or recorded with artists including Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, Al Jarreau, Cece Winans and others. In addition to her several film and television productions, Sorrell’s remarkable dramatic abilities and vocal range have taken her into some of the nation’s largest cathedrals where she has appeared as guest soloist. Her integrity, passion and unique vocal talent ring with equal clarity, whether she’s performing from the American Popular Songbook or concentrating on traditional spiritual and contemporary gospel repertoire. Rozlyn has been a featured soloist with the North Carolina Symphony since 2004 and is a regularly featured soloist with the Durham Symphony as well.
Theatrically, she has appeared in Theatre in the Park’s production of Terrance McNally’s play Master Class, received acclaim for her performance in the very demanding role of Mama Nadi in the 2009 Pulitzer Award winning Broadway play, RUINED by Lynne Nottage at Burning Coal Theatre, starred in the role of Lena Younger (Mama) in A Raisin in the Sun at Justice Theatre Project and received rave reviews in a production of Frank Higgins' Black Pearl Sings, at both Temple Theatre and Theatre in the Park. In a recent production of HAIRSPRAY, Sorrell received thunderous applause and standing ovations before her numbers had even come to an end.
In 2013, she was recognized as Best Actress in a Drama for her role in Ruined and in 2011, she won the title Best Musical Director in the Triangle by Independent Weekly for the Mike Wiley production of THE PARCHMAN HOUR at PlayMakers Repertory Company at UNC Chapel Hill. She also appeared in the touring company in the role of 1961 Freedom Rider, James Farmer and was among vocalists from around the world to be selected to receive a scholarship to study and perform during the Assisi Performing Arts Festival in Assisi, Italy.
Locally, she operates Vocal Precision Studio, a private voice-training facility in Raleigh, while also accommodating concert touring throughout the country. Her distinctive five-octave vocal talent displays clarity of presence and regal bearing; whether she’s performing popular standards, semi-classical favorites or sharing heartfelt traditional spirituals and contemporary gospel repertoire.