Elhae (pronounced L.A.) was introduced to me as a singer, but I have come to realize that he does have the talent to rap and spit a few bars with the best of them from time to time.
Born Jamaal Jones, the 29 year old chose the acronym, Elhae to be his stage name, standing for: Every Life Has An Ending. He was born in Minot, South Dakota before moving to Savannah, GA, where he was raised. It was in Savannah where he would develop his love for music and his passion for playing instruments.
Like many singers Elhae got his start singing in the church. Building on his natural gifts he learned how to play the piano. With that in his arsenal he began crafting hits.
His career as a professional artist dates back to 2012, when he released his debut project, The Letters. Elhae is a perfect example of an artist that has grinded for years in hopes of getting the mainstream recognition he deserves. When that mainstream attention comes, and it will with such immense talent, he’ll likely be referred to as a new artist, although his true fans know the journey has been long and tireless. (Much like Lizzo).
Before You Go, a 5 song EP followed up The Letters, in 2013. At the time, while very melodic with the music, he was still very much in a Hip-Hop lane with the EP.
In 2015, Elhae dropped his Aura EP, the start of a new beginning for the young star. It was then that he really started his transition into more of an R&B artist than a rapper. The EP drew the attention of Atlantic Records and he was signed to them shortly thereafter.
His next project was his debut album, released in 2016, which is where we’ll begin to break it down further. All Have Fallen is the first project you can find from Elhae on all streaming platforms. It features the singles, “Doesn’t Matter” featuring Kehlani and “Needs”. Another talented singer, Re’ Lxuise, plays a major part on the album as well.
Standout tracks: “Needs”, “Doesn’t Matter”, “Comfortable” and “Love A Ni**a”.
In 2017 he followed up the album with Aura II, which featured the same vibe as its predecessor, but a mainstream appeal.
Standout Tracks: “Something”, “Bang Ya Line” featuring Ty Dolla $ign, “You”, “Circa 09′” featuring Rockie Fresh & “Slip & Fall” featuring Eric Bellinger.
In 2018, Elhae took a rare year off, but he was back in 2019 with his latest project, Trouble In Paradise. The project features maybe his biggest single yet, “Hennessy”. Big K.R.i.T., Wale, Sevyn Streeter and O.T. Genasis were featured on the album as well.
Standout Tracks: “f***” and “Still Mine”
Last year, Elhae took to his Instagram to admit that he battles with social anxiety and that he takes it really hard when people don’t understand his music, which he explained is part of the reason he doesn’t release as much music as he would like to. He says that he’s working on it and hopes to release more music, more consistently.
Can’t wait to hear what’s next from Elhae. The best is n definitely yet to come.
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