Shawn Ellis Amos (born September 13, 1967) is an American songwriter, blues singer, record producer and digital marketing entrepreneur.
His most well-known album, Thank You Shirl-ee May, was released in 2005. It was written as an homage to his mother, a nightclub singer who performed under the stage name "Shirl-ee May".
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.
On January 19, 2011, The Huffington Post released the first installment of a four-part series chronicling his childhood in 1970s Los Angeles.
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.
In 1995, Amos' song "Angel in Black" was placed in the Miramax film The Prophecy.
While at Rhino Entertainment's A&R department in 1997, Amos produced the Grammy-nominated historical box set Rhapsodies in Black: Music and Words from the Harlem Renaissance.
In 2001, Amos produced Quincy Jones' career overview Q: The Musical Biography of Quincy Jones. Jones subsequently asked Amos to run his Listen Up Foundation as Executive Director.
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.
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 August 2012, The New York Times announced that Amos Content Group, public relations company FleishmanHillard, and GMR Marketing created a new joint venture called Freshwire.
In October 2012, Amos was named one of Forbes "Up and Comers."
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.
In 2015, Freshwire officially became FleishmanHillard ContentWorks, and Amos was named Chief Content Innovation Officer of the Americas.
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, was released on October 16, 2015. It was recorded in Shreveport, Louisiana, and is produced by two-time Grammy-nominated American saxophonist Mindi Abair
Produced by primary artist Shawn Amos and Patrick Milligan (-banjo, guitar and vocals) with musicians: Robert Jolly -drums and Ben Peeler -dobro, guitar and lap steel guitar.,
Thank You Shirl-ee May
Produced by Amos and Anthony Marinelli, featuring veterans Ray Parker Jr., Solomon Burke, Garrison Starr, Gregg Bissonette and Chuck Findley.,
First album on Shout! Factory,
Features guest appearances from Mark Olson of the Jayhawks and Crazy Horse guitarist Poncho Sampedro.,
The Reverend Shawn Amos Tells It
Features Shawn Amos -vocals and harmonica, Don Medina -drums, Chris Roberts -guitars, Ed Terrio -bass, Anthony Marinelli -Hammond B-3 organ with Gia Ciambotti and Kim Yarbrough providing backing vocals.,
The Reverend Shawn Amos Loves You
Produced by saxophonist Mindi Abair, with additional guest artists The Blind Boys of Alabama and Missy Andersen, contributing musicians also include: Shawn Amos -vocals and harmonica, Mindi Abair - saxophone, Anthony Marinelli and Hassell Teekell -keyboards, Chris Roberts -guitars, Chris Thomas -bass, Brady Blade -drums and percussion, Lewis Smith -trumpet with Nick Lane providing horn arrangements.,