Amos was born in New York City in 1967 to nightclub singer Shirl-ee May (Shirlee Ellis) and Wally Amos, founder of cookie brand Famous Amos. Raised mostly in Los Angeles, he returned to New York to study film as a college student, but segued from screenwriting to songwriting in the early '90s. After releasing the albums Whitey McFearsun and Be Real in 1996 and 1997, he signed with Unbreakable Records. Inspired by a museum exhibit dedicated to the Harlem Renaissance, his label debut, Harlem, was released in 2000. It featured guest appearances by the Jayhawks' Mark Olson and Crazy Horse guitarist Poncho Sampedro. The more acoustic-leaning In Between followed in 2002.
-Marcy Donelson, AllMusic