"Playing in church has really profoundly affected me. Gospel music is one of my first loves and I've learned all about singing and performance and how to hold a crowd. You can't come with any bulls**t when you're singing in church. Mitty took me under her wing and really coached me about life and things like that." Acclaimed singer/songwriter Eli 'paperboy' Reed on his formative years as an organist and singer at soul legend Mitty Collier's Chicago, Illinois church.
"I've played some strange places... I've played in a lot of converted bull rings. It's always great to go to a tiny little town in northern Spain and the whole town comes out and knows all the words." Singer/songwriter Eli 'paperboy' Reed on his success in Spain.
"I'd love to work with Bobby Womack while he's still around. That would be a big one for me. I'm a huge Bobby Womack fan as a singer, as a songwriter, as a guitarist... I'd love to work with Beyonce. I would love to do something with her. I think that would be incredible... and I'm a huge country fan; I'd love to work with Florida Georgia Line." Acclaimed singer/songwriter Eli 'paperboy' Reed lists his dream collaborators.
Acclaimed singer/songwriter Eli 'paperboy' Reed has been given a big career boost by Beyonce after she spotted his pitch-perfect acoustic rendition of her song Love On Top on YouTube.com. The aspiring Chicago, Illinois singer didn't expect the superstar to see the video he posted, let alone comment on it, but he's thrilled Beyonce took the trouble.
She took to her Facebook.com page to let Reed know she'd seen and heard him online, posting, "Yes, Eli! Thank you for your voice, it's beautiful." She also shared the video with her followers.
And the thrilled young star has responded, "I'm amazed and extremely flattered that Beyonce thought enough of my cover video to send it out to all her fans. I'm personally a huge fan of hers and of the song Love on Top, so to get recognition from the source is pretty unbelievable.
"If I had known in advance, I would have picked a different shirt to wear but I'm still pretty excited."