Michael Ellis (producer)
|Michael F. Ellis|
A photo of producer Michael Ellis.
|Also known as||The Spaniard|
May 12, 1959 |
Panama City, Panama
|Genres||Spanish reggae, reggaeton, hip hop, R&B, salsa, merengue|
|Occupation(s)||Producer, arranger, engineer, composer|
|Years active||1987 – present|
|Associated acts||Earth, Wind & Fire, Kurtis Blow, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Eric Clapton, Beres Hammond, TLC|
Michael F. Ellis (born May 12, 1959) is a Panamanian master record producer and founder of New Creation Entertprises (established in 1987) along with associate David Uriel in Manhattan, New York (47 Charles Street), where artists such as Edgardo Franco also known as "El General", Smooth the Hustler, Pesos, Tricky, El Profeta (Oscar Jemmoth), Carlos Miller (Carlito Miller), Owie Irie and Frank Bent also known as "Killer Ranks" were born. Michael Ellis is responsible for the genres Spanish reggae and reggaeton.
Michael F. Ellis produced the smash hits as "El Gran Pana", "El Maestro", "Son Bow", "Buduff Kun Kun", "Te Ves Buena", "La Quemé", "El Paré", "No Mas Guerra", "Wine Your Body", "Cross The Border", "¿Que Pasa Nena?" by Carlos Miller (Carlito Soul), "Do That to Me One More Time", "Caramelo", "Mermaid Body" and "Killing you Suave" by Killer Ranks in association with Warner Brothers.
Michael F. Ellis is the pioneer of Spanish reggae, founder of reggaeton and winning producer of "La Gaviota de Plata at the Festival de la Canción de Viña del Mar, en Chile, the biggest honor in Latin music, Grammy Award winning producer of "Gran Pana", "El Maestro" and "Muevelo, Muevelo (also MTV Video Music Award – International Viewer's Choice Video of the Year 1992.)", The Premio lo Nuestro award from 1989 - 1993.
New Creation’s reach expanded far from the streets of New York and the borders of the United States. In 1988, New Creation Enterprises was the first record label to record reggaeton in Puerto Rico with titles such as, "Yo Quiero Un Amor" by Oscar Jemmoth aka El Profeta, "Ingles y Espanol" by Owie Irie, "Te vez Buena" and "Tu Pum Pum" by El General and "Hombre Murio" by Killer Ranks.
Other titles from the Spanish reggae genre includes "The Best of Spanglish Reggae Vol. 1" produced in Creation Studios in 1998 by Michael F. Ellis, Kazey Ellis and Derrick Barrnett, also with this release given birth to the term "Spanglish" created by Michael F. Ellis meaning a mixture of English and Spanish lyrics. Streaming from New York to Puerto Rico in association with Prime entertainment, Michael F. Ellis laid the foundation for the widespread Reggaeton movement seen today.
This movement was a product of a team of individuals along with Michael F. Ellis such as Nando Alvarechi, Luis Pisterman (Former Vice President of WEA Latina), Jesus Lopez (Former VP of Latin North America at BMG International), Hector MarcanoEric Clark, Jimmy Delgado and Freddy Beras-Goyco all played a role in marketing and exposing at the time, the mostly unknown genre of reggaeton.
Michael F. Ellis' mentor Melvin Haber (owner of KC and The Sunshine Band) once said to him "Life is what you make it, you always have to discipline yourself to achieve your goals, a wise man is a holy man and a knowledgeable man is a force of empowerment". His other mentor Don King once said to him "Once you have freedom, there is nothing you can't accomplish, there is no wrong in not knowing, what is wrong is...knowing that you need the knowledge and not acquiring it....Only in America, God Bless America".