As a performer, Shawn released a series of semi-autobiographical albums in the ‘90s and early ‘aughts, work lauded by NPR, Elmore Magazine, Los Angeles Times and American Songwriter. His exploring, chronicling, and preserving of black American music became a soul journey, leading Shawn back to the blues songbook, and a transformation into the passionate, exuberant Reverend. Through the Rev, Shawn's commitment to this distinctly American art form burns strong; the time to nurture and share the blues is now.
Current release, The Reverend Shawn Amos Breaks It Down, is a collection of "21st century freedom songs" that has topped the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Contemporary Blues Album Chart, received international praise, and landed the Rev on Sirius/XM radio, NPR, WNYC, Paste, and several Best Of 2018 lists.
Spreading the gospel of the blues, of joy, resilience, and togetherness, one gig at a time.