- 10:57 AM, Apr 29
Having a persona that is indefinable and a life story so inspiring, Elliott Yamin owns the ultimate combination that makes people grow interest in him. So alluring that he received instant rave reviews for the release of his singles 'Movin' On' and 'Wait For You'. These songs may be released weeks before his self titled album, but the two certainly helped in giving the nice foretaste that people are digging in. In the first week of its release, album 'Elliott Yamin' accumulated 96,000 copies and successively earned the #3 slot on Billboard 200. It was recorded as the highest ever debut for an independent artist in the history of Billboard magazine. That was only the US sale alone. Fame sipping in, he has been attending album signings and TV appearances to promote the album. Under such publication and high motivation, Elliott can easily butter up his way to reign music industry.
Elliott may be in the peak of his career but what he enjoys now was not even thinkable back then. Born as Efraym Elliott Yamin on July 20, 1978, his name easily indicates his family background. He is half Jew of Iraqi and half American. His mother Claudette married a painter named Shaul Yamin that eventually became the father of Elliott and his brother Scott. Having a mother who was a professional singer, Elliott quickly grew interest in the same field. He began singing at the age of 5 and exposed himself to a lot of music genres. Sadly though, in his childhood Elliott had to go through difficult times especially regarding his health. He once said that he was always the kid with allergies and a painful ear that required drops every few hours. This had lowered the self-esteem within him that eventually made him hating to be the center of attention. With that, he buried the passion of singing that required him performing in front of many people.
At 11 years old, he moved from his birth town Los Angeles to Richmond, Virginia where he received a lot Southern influence. Two years living there, the long time pain in his ear came to a terrible end when the right ear burst, causing 90 per cent deafness. Coping with this, Elliott was actually devastated of having people to repeat what they said. This was further worsened by his parents' divorce when he was 14 years old and the