Brice Hall has been the director of investor relations for Piedmont Private Equity, LLC in Atlanta, Georgia since 2011. A fan of jazz music, Brice Hall enjoys listening to Ella Fitzgerald.
Born in a small town in Virginia in 1917, Ella Fitzgerald’s father left her mother shortly after her birth. Her mother then took Ella to Yonkers, New York where they lived together with her new boyfriend. Financial difficulties colored her childhood and Ella had to take odd jobs, such as working as a messenger and “running numbers”, to help support her family.
When Ella was 15 years old, her mother passed away. After her mother’s death Ella moved in with her aunt, but she struggled in school and was frequently truant. She ultimately ended up in reform school.
By the age of 17, Ella’s dream of being a star in show business led her to enter a singing contest at Harlem's Apollo Theater. Her rendition of Hoagy Carmichael’s “June” and "The Object of My Affection" won her the $25 first prize, and helped launch her singing career.