Elisabeth Withers

Singer Neo-soul singer and R&B songwriter Elisabeth Withers started out as a backup vocalist for Celine Dion and Jennifer Lopez, but also released the dance tracks "Rising" and "Emotions" under the name Elle Patrice. The songs got the attention of Nick Ashford, who convinced her to audition for The Color Purple. Withers would go on to win and play the role of Shug Avery in the Broadway play.