The Braids were a dance\pop\R&B duo that consisted of singers Zoe Ellis and Caitlin Cornwell.

As a child,  Zoe grew up playing instruments such as the piano, trumpet, flute, and cello. She sung in the Interfaith Gospel Choir where she met her friend and singing partner, Caitlin.

Caitlin started singing when she was 4 years old, singing at the high school where her dad was a teacher.

She performed at the Julia Morgan Theater in Berkeley, California, the Oakland Children’s Chorus, and the Interfaith Gospel Choir where she sung with musicians such as Tramaine Hawkins, Linda Ronstadt, Bobby McFarrin, MC Hammer, the Neville Brothers and many more. It’s also where she met her friend and singing partner, Zoe.

For 3 years, Caitlin and Zoe were members of the Bay Area funk music group called the Mo’Fessionals. The group sold out every club in San Francisco and released two independent albums.

In 1996, the duo teamed up with producer Stephan Jenkins (of Third Eyed Blind fame) to record a cover version of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” which was featured on the “High School High” movie soundtrack.

The song peaked at #42 on the Billboard Hot 100, #20 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, #14 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #13 on Billboard’s Canadian Singles chart and #45 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.

The Braids’ debut album was planned, but the success of Third Eyed Blind forced Stephan Jenkins out of the studio and on tour which put the duo’s project on hold. 

After touring, Stephan came back to the studio and in 1998, The Braids’ debut album, “Here We Come” was released. It’s unknown how or if the album ever charted. They released the singles, “Young Americans” and “The Wind,” but neither of them made the charts.

After that, Zoe and Caitlin no longer recorded as the Braids, but they continued to do backing vocals together.

In 1999, Caitlin joined Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh and was featured on his album, “Phil Lesh and Friends Live at the Warfield.” She took a break from the music scene after giving birth to her son.

From 2003 to 2004, Caitlin was a member of the acapella music group, SoVoSo. These days, she is a member of music group, Bop City Pacific.

In 2001, Zoe started her solo career and today, she continues to sing with her brother, jazz saxophonist Dave Ellis in a duo called Zadell.

In 2007, Zoe released her jazz solo album, “Live at Anna’s Jazz Island” which is available on CD Baby and iTunes.

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