In 2015, Andre and Jennifer reconnected and formed the duo, Shiva Deluxe. They are back in the studio, remixing past work and writing new songs. The Shiva Deluxe sound is a fusion of world music and traditional house, combining elements of both minimalist electronic dance and indigenous music. They are currently working on a tribal house-inspired single and video.
“The combined energy of Jen and Dre, and their diverse backgrounds, creates a dynamic duo and the infectious sound of Shiva Deluxe.”
Jennifer Linley Taylor’s singing, songwriting, and music producing career began in 1987 in Paris, France with a recording contract with independent label ‘Wanted.’ Jennifer wrote and recorded a single, “Opposites Attract” which was distributed by EMI France. Promotion for the single included live television, stage, and radio performances; interviews; photo shoots; and a video co-written, performed and produced by Jennifer.Jennifer Linley Taylor and Andre Jonson met in 1989 and began collaborating on a follow-up album. From 1989 to 1990 they worked on pre-production of Mind Change for which Jennifer wrote the lyrics and co-wrote the music. The album was recorded in Comptche, California and produced and released on Jennifer’s own record label in Paris, France in 1992. Mind Change was distributed by EMI France and promoted by Jennifer through 1993.Jennifer then diverged from the music business into the world of art, where she has enjoyed a successful international career as a collage artist. Recently she and Andre have been enjoying reconnecting with their music and have been inspired to reunite and explore a new musical path together.
Andre Jonson is CEO of Dream Catcher Productions, an entertainment production company that develops potent International musical talent. A multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Andre was mentored by legendary record producer David Rubinson (Herbie Hancock, Santana) and master percussionist Bill Summers (Los Hombres, Caliente, Quincy Jones).Andre is a seasoned veteran in the realms of performance, composition, arrangement, production, musical direction, and management. His resume includes experience as an artist for Warner Bros, a producer for EMI, and lead vocalist-guitarist for Bill Summers and Summers Heat, The Freaky Executives, Native Son, Mike Bolivar, and One Love. Andre has composed material for the majority of the artists he’s worked with – from hard rock to reggae, funk, jazz, and world music. He has worked on commercial jingles, television theme songs, movie sound tracks, and countless albums and CD projects.Since 2011, Andre has served as Music Supervisor and Producer for BALANCE Edutainment, an Oakland, California-based studio that develops transformational eco-conscious educational products for children. BALANCE is the creator of the award-winning animated cartoon series Pacha’s Pajamas which is narrated by Mos Def with special guests Talib Kweli, Rev Michael Beckwith, Cheech Marin and Lester Chambers. Andre and BALANCE have been honored with numerous awards including the Independent Music Award for best children’s album, the Eco Arts Award for best songwriting, the Academics Choice Award in smart media, the Family Choice Award for best album and product, the Preferred Choice Award given by Creative Child Magazine, and the Parent’s Choice Award given by the Parent’s Choice Foundation.