Ellis Hooks

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 2000s

Biography

1974, Bayminette, Alabama, USA. Born into a very large family, Hooks heard music in church where he sang in the choir and also on radio and records. Attracted to the blues, he left home in his early teens, determined to make a career in music. He lived rough in New York for a while, then made it to Europe, where he began to attract attention playing in Paris, Amsterdam and Milan, although this was often street corner busking and in bars for tips rather than regular gigs. After the singer’s return to New York in 1995 he met Jon Tiven when hired to accompany another singer at an audition but it was he who attracted the attention of the veteran producer. His debut album led to Hooks appearing at the BBC’s World Music Festival on New Year’s Day 2003. He opened for Terence Trent D’Arby on tour, and appeared to considerable acclaim when he was Carla Thomas’ guest at festivals in Poretta and Montreux. Only later did he attract the attention he...

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