“He [Elisha] is the epitome of what is defined as a distinguished master musician…. Skilled, intuitive, tenacious and creative, while also exhibiting a certain grace, character and humility rarely found in our industry.” - Joe Pace
— Grammy Nominated Gospel Artist/Producer/Songwriter
Jacksonville-based keyboardist and composer Elisha Atlas Parris started playing keyboard when he was 12 years old. From a musical and spiritual family, his musicianship was strongly influenced by both his father(pastor/trombonist) and his mother (piano teacher/church musician). Elisha's first "gig" was playing keys at his father's Pentecostal church. It was in that unique, spiritually and improvisationally free environment Elisha developed his distinctive style of keyboard performance.
Atlas has been afforded the opportunity to play as a bandleader and sideman for jazz festivals and lounges across the country such as the Jacksonville Jazz Festival ("second-largest jazz festival in the nation" according to Superpages), Jax Beach Jazz Series, Sun Fest, Golden Isles Summer Music Series, Sundown Music Series, The House of Blues and The Historic B Sharp Jazz Cafe.