ELHAE, whose name acrimoniously breaks down to “Every Life Has An Ending”, adopted his moniker one day while he was writing a song in high school, was born in Minot, North Dakota, but with a military dad, he moved around quite a bit, landing in Warner Robins, Georgia and spending summers in Savannah. His first taste of music came when he sang in his school choir, though he was deeply inspired by the rhymes of Kanye West, Mos Def and Talib Kweli.
Once he developed his sound, he went on to record his own projects like The Zero, Every Life Has an Ending and Before You Go. His 2015 EP, AURA, is a soulful selection that samples Michael Jackson and draws inspiration from Usher, while simultaneously showcasing his songwriting and soothing voice. AURA’s two stand out tracks “Drive Me Crazy” and “Halfway Love” have amassed over 2 million plays on SoundCloud. His latest single “Love A N***a” is a cocky and confident ballad with traces of trap; and in less than a year has racked up 2 million spins on its own.
Now Elhae’s upcoming project ALL HAVE FALLEN (Dream Loud Music Group/Atlantic) will put him on the path to greatness. As mentioned, the body of work features Kehlani, and soulful newcomer Re’lxuise who makes appearances on tracks: “Intro”, “Hartley Bridge”, Pronouns” & “Re’s Lxuise Interlude.”
“I want to be considered one of the best and that’s what I’m gunning for,” he says. “I have the tools and intellect and talent to get there.”