Ellis’s new CD “Shelter” delivers eleven captivating songs that resonate with listeners on a visceral level. Musical director and co-writer Giovanni Loria, whose previous credits include The Black Eyed Peas, Everlast, and Jack Johnson, worked very closely with Ellis throughout the entire project. Ellis and Loria’s musical collaboration is at once both fresh and steeped in a variety of musical traditions. Melodically, the songs hook you in; and lyrically, they haunt you with thoughts or emotions that you’ve pondered or felt before. As a result, “Shelter” is already finding favor with music enthusiasts both young and old alike.
When she is asked why “Shelter” has such a broad appeal, Ellis says simply, “Because it sounds like my heart.”
Tawny Ellis’ Band Bios
Giovanni Loria Biography
Tawny Ellis’s musical director Giovanni Loria co-wrote and performed on most of the album “Shelter.” Loria played bass on the entire album and played many of the signature guitar riffs as well. He also did numerous string arrangements adding a larger, more lush sound to much of the music. Loria has produced, recorded with, and played with some of the biggest names in the music industry, including The Black Eyed Peas, Everlast, Jack Johnson, and Matt Sorum. Loria’s musical concept and string arrangements were an integral part of the success of Everlast’s multi-platinum single “What It’s Like.”
Mark Shulman Biography
Tawny Ellis’s drummer Mark Shulman is a versatile player who has recorded and/or toured with a long list of well-known artists, including Billy Idol, Cher, Stevie Nicks and Sheryl Crow. Shulman also writes and produces music; his songs have been recorded by Cher, Billy Idol, and Michael McDonald. Shulman is currently on a world tour performing with Pink.
John Flannery Biography
Tawny Ellis’s guitarist John Flannery lends an edgy, rock feel to “Shelter.” Flannery is best known for his work with ex-Jane’s Addiction front man Perry Farrell and Oscar-nominated performer Bird York. Flannery played “guitar and trash can” on Farrell’s second Porno for Pyros disc “God’s Good Urge”; and he performed, co-wrote, and produced songs on Bird’s first disc “Velvet Hour.”
Skip Saylor Biography
Tawny Ellis’s producer Skip Saylor has worked with literally hundreds of top performers over the course of his thirty-year career as a music producer, engineer, mixer and studio owner. Those performers include Tom Petty, Aretha Franklin, Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Guns n' Roses, Eminem, Santana, and Elton John.