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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, blues singer, record producer and digital marketing entrepreneur.
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 sits on the Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services Board of Directors.
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 has moderated or spoken at several notable industry panels, including the Milken Institute, the Thread Summit in Colorado, Las Vegas' CES Convention, TEDxEast, and "OMD Predicts" in Dubai, an event for EMEA marketing leaders.
Recent music activity
In 2014, Amos released The Reverend Shawn Amos Tells It, a six-song EP including four cover songs and two original songs.
His second full-length album, The Reverend Shawn Amos Loves You, will be released in the fall of 2015. It was recorded in Shreveport, Louisiana, and is produced by two-time Grammy-nominated American saxophonist Mindi Abair
|2002||In Between||Unbreakable Records||CD|
|2005||Thank You Shirl-ee May||Shout! Factory||CD||
|2014||The Reverend Shawn Amos Tells It||Put Together||CD|
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