Ellisha "Teapot"McKinney | Same Man, Different Name

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Same Man, Different Name

by Ellisha "Teapot"McKinney

This collection of music is a plethora of styles masterfully woven into a very unique sound of R&B, Pop, Jazzy, Soul, House, Rock and Gospel all creatively collected to tell a story of love found, lost and found again.
Genre: Urban/R&B: Rhythm & Blues
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1. Interlude
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2. Buster-Drew
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3. I Can Build It Up-Drew
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4. Let Me Love You Down-Drew
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5. Stop Pretending-Drew
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6. Interlude
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7. Happy Again-Tony Dale
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8. I Want You-Benjamin
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9. I Still Want You-Benjamin
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10. Some Kind Of Wonderful-Benjamin
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11. I Remember You Loved Me-Benjamin
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12. The Regrets-James
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13. Arrogant Muthafucka-Erik
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14. I Fell In Love With A Jealous Man-Frank
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15. My Smile Is Crooked-Frank
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16. Interlude
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17. Beautiful
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18. The World Can't Take It Away-Jehovah!
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Ellisha"Teapot"McKinney hails from Minneapolis, MN where she was born and raised. The youngest of four children born to Kenneth and Lenora, it was obvious to her parents that Ellisha would be a bright and shining star. It actually reads on her birth certificate, "Today a star is born!" Ellisha took to singing at an early age singing on recordings for her mother and her friends at the tender age of 2 years old. By the time she was 4 and 5 she had routines to accompany her vocals that would entertain the family for hours. Her mother can recount Ellisha rehearsing without end on a miniature organ to all of her childhood albums in her first studio in her bedroom.

When her talents could no longer be confined to the house Ellisha joined her first choir, the Sweeties Choir at the First Church Of God in Christ at the age of 6. She also began participating in various talent shows throughout elementary and middle schools. Her talents were quickly identified and utilized by teachers and faculty who began to include her as well in school musicals and school assemblies. Being slightly reserved in high school she had to be persuaded to fill in vocally for another student who pretended to be sick to get Ellisha to sing for an assembly. It was not long before she again was the featured vocalist for game openings, assemblies and even her own graduation.

Ellisha went on to attend Howard University after high school where she quickly earned the nickname, "Teapot" after a show stopping audition of her Jazzy rendition of the nursery rhyme, "I'm A Little Teapot" for the Howard Gospel Choir. She remained at Howard for two degreed programs, Criminal Justice/Sociology and Jazz Studies/Voice. It was during her second degree that her strong contralto voice was developed and her range expanded from 2nd soprano to 2nd tenor.

Ellisha has sung background vocals for Shirley Ceaser, Bee Bee and Cee Cee Winans, Karen Clark-Sheard, and many others. She has toured with the award winning Howard Gospel Choir and in 2001 toured extensively with Tony Terry's "A Better Man" CD release tour. She recently had the pleasure of singing background and doing duet work with the Grammy Award winning Gordon Chambers. As well as the auspicious opportunity to open for Mint Condition and the world famous AL GREEN!

Ellisha also enjoys a solo career where she has given her gifts on many stages in the DC Metropolitan area including The Image House, Bar Nun, and the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage to name a few. She's done some successful radio commercial work for the Minneapolis and DC areas, she's performed privately for the likes of Bobby McFerrin and has arranged and written for various local artists. She also enjoys a successful career as a vocal instructor in which she has been teaching for the past 15 years. She was recently a keynote speaker at the 2008 Soul Music Summit in Atlanta,GA where she spoke on Vocal Care. Some of her vocal clients include Eric Roberson, Frenchie Davis,Geno Young, Curt Chambers of Franklin Bridge and up and coming artists Rashida Jolley, Ray Mooring, Mike Thompson of The Lissen Band, David J. of Ndelible and Miah of EU. She has also recently worked with recording artist David Anthony and Angela Johnson. And Teapot was the vocal consultant to "Sunday's Best" Y'Anna Crawley.

On November 16, 2003, Ellisha independently released her debut album, "Same Man, Different Name". It's a well put together conceptual album about her experience with love and how love affected her life. It's a plethora of music including R&B, Rock, House and Gospel. Clearly in this project she is not afraid to leave any stone unturned. She openly and refreshingly exposes her heart for the sake of the music and her craft. "Same Man, Different Name" is a collection of passions, love, fears, revelations, self-discovery and peace with a clear direction that will have your head boppin', your heart thumpin' and your mind whirlin'! Read Ellisha's views about music at www.rhythmflow.net
If you wish to reach Teapot please do so at: WWW.MYSPACE.COM/ELLISHATEAPOTMCKINNEY

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Eric P.

Sensual… Sexy… Soothing… Spiritual… Sophisticated… Sultry…
This versatile artist has a story to tell. And tell it she does with sincere passion and prolific lyrics. Her music stirs up scores of emotions and takes you on an electrifying journey. Same Man, Different Name is her story of love. BUY IT NOW!!!
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Attention Please!!!
No caution signs on this project. Ellisha McKinney is not playing it safe in her expression of song as she shares with us an all out display of a few select chapters in life. A sista truly gets her point across in deliverances of her soul releasing lyrics. I foresee Miss Tea Pot as a continuously progressive energy ready to give and produce so much more. In addition, there is a feeling of no crossroads to contemplate for this artist. She seems fueled with the initiative to persevere to limits on high. Seasoned with the experience of love, this vibrant vocalist appears to have a style that is so alive for timeless compositions. She embellishes us with a surrendering passion as her story is sung in an exciting clarity. Exclamation Point!!!
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Mark D (UK)

I'm not worthy (none of us are !)
The voice, the passion and Xperience ! No-one - and I mean NO-ONE - has ever sounded like this, anytime, anywhere. A major talent in the making. Actually, she already knows it; she's nothing to prove: it's just the rest of us that's too darned slow in catching on. Watch her, she'll change the world !
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Byron "Lova" Nichols

Dang!!! Where have you been?
I have been WAITING, WAITING, WAITING on music, words, expression like this for a LONG, long time. There's something for everybody!! Rock, folk, gospel, blues, jazz and SOUL...I'm trying to figure out why I havent seen the video to I WANT YOU. FUNKY, FONKEY, PHONKI!!!!! I love it, Ellisha. When's the next??
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Crystal E.

Nothing But the Truth!
Now there are a lot of people out that that can sing, but Elisha can saaag. Her voice speaks to your soul and you feel every word, every key, every note. Not since Mary J. have I sat down and listened to an album and cried. Not because I was sad but because I was proud of the things I've come out of and relieved that I wasn't the only one who's been there. This is some powerful sh.. I mean stuff.
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Kelly Fountaine


Music that touches the soul, is what this cd is...I heard Ellisha's heart on this one...We do and say some wild sh#@ when our hearts are not healed...I love the way she gave herself permission to be hot, sexy and wild...Her passion screams from each track..."Beautiful, Like Me" is still ringing in my soul...As usual the arrangements are tight, the melodies move you and the flavor is like spicy "jerk chicken"...well done, well done!!!!!
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Brotha K.

Voice of an Angel
In a time of musicless music, Ellisha saves us from having to take another trip down that road. The album contains something for everyone. Soulful, gospel, go-go it's all there. Her lyrics are thoughtful, cutting, and fun all on the same album. They cover everything from God to love to not so good behavior from our brothas. Thank you for good music.
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