Actress and comedian Tracee Ellis Ross recently shared on her social media accounts video clips of herself singing onstage with her mom Diana Ross.
On Saturday, the Black-ish actress posted on Instagram a few videos in which her mother asked her to join her on stage to sing Billie Holiday’s “Lady Sings The Blues”, during a concert at The Venetian Theater in Las Vegas last week.
— Tracee Ellis Ross (@TraceeEllisRoss) November 29, 2015
The actress also shared a lengthy post on Facebook about the unforgettable moment with her mother.
At first, she thought that her mother was calling on her brother, Evan Ross, who is also a singer and was present at the concert.
However, when she found out that it was she that Diana Ross wanted, she grew very nervous and scared.
Tracee, 43, shared that the last time her mom asked her to sing onstage was back when she was five or six years old.
While that may be a long time ago, it seemed Tracee Ellis Ross still gets nervous, especially when asked to sing alongside her mother, who is considered an icon in the American music industry.
“But, somehow, by the time I stepped onto the stage it was as if I was 6 years old again! There’s something about singing… It’s no joke trying to do that as the child of DIANA ROSS, let alone while standing by her side onstage,” Ross said on Instagram.
Still, the comedian and former model said that she did not allow her fear to stop her, and that she certainly is not afraid of performing.
As Tracee Ellis Ross stepped on stage, she asked her mom if the lights can be turned up because she was feeling nervous, and Diana obliged.
Nervous Tracee Ellis Ross Shares A Moment With Mom Diana Onstage
Diana Ross, 71, then gave her daughter the microphone, but Tracee took her time and tried to compose herself. Tracee Ellis Ross even turned her back from the audience for a moment just to control her nerves.
When she started singing, Tracee Ellis Ross tried to downplay her nerves by joking that “the music was keeping her out of tune,” to which her mom and the audience laughed. Diana then said that her daughter “can sing, and she won’t sing.”
After singing a few lines of the song, Tracee buried her head on Diana’s shoulder and the diva embraced her daughter as the audience applauded.
“My favorite part was me burying my head into her shoulder,” Ross wrote on her social media page. “It has been ages since I’ve hidden so deeply in my mother’s embrace and it was awesome.”
Tracee then wrote that all her life, she has witnessed her mother – Diana Ross, as the icon, and Diana Ross as the mother. In spite of her fame, she managed to “bridge this incredible dichotomy with grace and ease.”
“She has always carved out space for her children. I have always known I was the priority,” she added in the post.
Tracee Ross has become a household name through her performance in the ABC comedy series Black-ish, for which she already won an NAACP Image Award earlier this year.
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Since making her debut in the TV comedy scene in the U.S., Tracee Ellis Ross has been nominated several times for her outstanding performances in comedy series Girlfriends and Read Between the Lines.
Tracee Ellis Ross is the daughter of Diana Ross and her former music business manager Robert Ellis Silberstein. She finished her theater degree in 1994 at Brown University. She later joined the fashion industry as a model and as a contributing editor for several magazines.
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