|”’Revelation’ is the heaviest groove I’ve ever recorded. A dark beast. Darkness and light always duking it out. It’s dangerous thing when you discover your own power, keeping it in check. It probably should be called ‘John The Revelator, Pt. 2.’ I imagined Son House in the vocal booth with me—30 years younger—fighting together for our souls.” The Rev
From forthcoming album, Soul Brother No. 1 (Feb 9, 2024)
Lyrics by Shawn Amos
Music by Chris “Doctor” Roberts, Christopher “CT” Thomas, Brady Blade
Produced, Engineered, Mixed by James Saez
Executive Producer: Roy McClurg
Recorded at EastWest Studios, Hollywood, CA
The Rev – Vocals, Harmonica
Chris “Doctor” Roberts – Guitars
Steve Ferrone – Drums
James “Wyzard” Seay – Bass
Dapo Torimiro – Hammond B3
For Shawn Amos, it’s about the story. As a producer, songwriter, musician, author, and keeper of the American blues music flame, he’s made a name as both a teller of tales and an astute shaper of others’ stories.
He comes by the storytelling chops naturally. The only child of William Morris agent-turned-cookie entrepreneur, Wally “Famous” Amos, and singer Shirley “Shirl-ee May” Ellis, young Shawn spent hours in shadowy nightclubs, on the funky streets of 70s Hollywood, and in his own broken home, listening intently to people’s stories. He helped make his father’s cookie hustle real. In young adulthood, he jumped from screenwriting for A & M Films to the stage, crafting acclaimed Americana music that wrestled with race and identity. On the other side of the microphone, Shawn oversaw soul icon Solomon Burke’s last three albums, and produced seminal CD collections Q: The Musical Biography of Quincy Jones, and Grammy-nominated box set Rhapsodies in Black: Music and Words from the Harlem Renaissance, among others.
Since 2014, as the Reverend Shawn Amos, with harmonica in hand, Shawn has brought blues to audiences from LA to Amsterdam, delivering unbridled joy – both live, and through recordings. Blue Sky, the 2020 release by his band, The Reverend Shawn Amos & the Brotherhood, hit Number 6 on the Billboard Blues Album Chart, and scored four out of five stars from American Songwriter magazine.
For his 2022 debut novel, Cookies & Milk, Shawn delves into his past to concoct a wildly entertaining story about the strength of family, and the power of forgiveness – plus just the right amount of semisweet chocolate – to mend hearts. Shawn’s doppelganger, Ellis, embarks on hilarious and sometimes harrowing misadventures as he helps his dad open the world’s first chocolate chip cookie store in the multihued 70s landscape of music, ambition, and often-challenging elders. The book was awarded the NAACP Image Award in 2023. Shawn’s sophomore novel, Ellis Johnson Might Be Famous, releases October 3.