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|Born||Shawn Ellis Amos
September 13, 1967
New York, NY
Shawn Ellis Amos (born September 13, 1967) is an American songwriter, singer, record producer, web personality and founder and CEO of Freshwire, a digital content creation company.
Amos was born in New York, New York. He is the youngest son of Famous Amos chocolate chip cookie founder Wally Amos and the only son of Shirlee Ellis (professionally known as Shirl-ee May in the early 1960s).
Throughout Amos' childhood and adulthood, his mother suffered from schizoaffective disorder and ultimately committed suicide in 2003. The trauma of the event and his subsequent discovery of her early singing career were the inspiration behind his 2005 album release Thank You Shirl-ee May.
Amos married actress Marta Martin in 1999. The couple have three children and reside in Los Angeles.
Amos released the album In Between in 2002. In 2003, he was recruited by Rhino co-founders Richard Foos, Garson Foos and Bob Emmer to oversee the A&R department of their newly formed entertainment company, Shout! Factory. The label released his Thank You Shirl-ee May album, and his song "Vicious Circle" from Harlem was sung by label mate Solomon Burke. In 2007, Amos performed on and produced the Solomon Burke & Friends: Live in Nashville televised concert.
During 2005-06, Amos conceived and co-produced a remake of the 1971 Marvin Gaye album What's Going On, performed by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band; conceived and executive produced a remix album of Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass' Whipped Cream and Other Delights; and joined with Alpert and Ozomatli for a performance of "Love Potion No. 9" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in March 2006.
Amos left Shout! Factory in 2007 to create content for its newly formed sister company, GetBack.com. At GetBack, he served as Senior Vice President of Content, editor-in-chief of their website, GetBack.com and producer their original content, including the daily web show Retro Minute, which he also hosted.
On November 4, 2009, Amos announced the formation of his own company, Amos Content Group, to develop content for digital media and traditional companies.
In March 2012, Amos began hosting a weekly video series, "60 Seconds of Social Media," created by his company, Amos Content Group. The series, now known as The Content Brief, is currently syndicated to The Huffington Post and to airports worldwide via ClearVision, a new ConnectiVISION Digital Networks partnership with Clear Channel Airports.
|2002||In Between||Unbreakable Records||CD|
|2005||Thank You Shirl-ee May||Shout! Factory||CD||
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