Ellis&Knight was formed in August of 2007, under the scorching Brazilian sun. Through travel and the Baha'i Faith, Vahid Ellis and Hayden Knight ended up as roommates in the Brazilian capital, and quickly realized that music was an inspiration they shared. Though long days teaching English left little time for extracurricular activities, there was always a little time, and whenever inspiration struck, music began to be created. When neighbors wanted the noise to come down, the next available space was one with even better acoustics: 24-hour ATM rooms. On our extensive list of thank you's, these mini-banks rank near the top. After 10 months of improvising and experimenting, the time came to return to the states and find a place to record. As it turned out, Shiny Dirt Studios in Parkdale, Oregon found us, and we couldn't be more grateful to producer Mike Andrew's for his countless hours of engineering, producing, mixing and mastering. Our first album entitled "Groundwork" will be out soon, and we hope that it will inspire people and offer something new to the world of music: a fusion of hip-hop, acoustic guitar, melodic vocals and thoughtful lyrics that blend and bring together diverse elements and styles. Tomorrow is today, so here's to the future of art and music...
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