Ella Leya was born in Azerbaijan. She performed with the Moscow Yiddish Theater and the Russian State Jazz Orchestra; her album of children’s songs sold three million copies.
Ella Leya’s childhood in Azerbaijan is the inspiration for her novel Orphan Sky. She talks to Tracy Chevalier about growing up in Azerbaijan, her experiences with the Moscow Yiddish Theatre and her immigration to the West. A composer, singer and author, Ella Leya’s songs have appeared in films such as Ocean’s Twelve. A natural entertainer, Ella will also perform some jazz.