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David “TC” Ellis

TC is the founder and director of the High School For Recording Arts, he was born and raised in St. Paul, and is a graduate of the St. Paul Open School. Mr. Ellis established himself in the music business in the mid-eighties as the first rap recording artist to release a record in Minnesota, called the “Twin City Rap”. After a couple of independent record releases with regional success, he was recruited by Prince and Warner Brothers to record and produce records at Paisley Park. After time spent working with Prince and Warner Brothers, Mr. Ellis started an independent recording studio and worked with a variety of educational programs, both traditional and alternative. Through musical work with a number of young black men who had dropped out of high school, he discovered these young artists would often ask questions about how to copyright and publish their work. Guiding them through the process, Mr. Ellis was struck by the way these youth would engage in educational processes while pursuing their career in music. With that realization, the High School for Recording Arts was born.

David has recently been honored as an Oxford University Roundtable Fellow for his work with Studio 4/High School for Recording Arts. While at Oxford, David presented his work before leading educators from around the world to wide acclaim.