Blackbear - Digital Drug Tour

Ones to Watch Presents

Blackbear - Digital Drug Tour

Elhae

Sun Jun 04 2017

7:00 pm

$25.00 - $28.00

This event is all ages

Blackbear
Blackbear
A native of Los Angeles, California's Hollywood region, Matthew Musto was known as a fledgling, rock-leaning singer/songwriter until he co-wrote Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend," a number two hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2012. Around the same time, he reinvented himself as a rapper and more R&B-oriented singer through the self-released Sex, on which he was joined by fellow "Boyfriend" co-writer Mike Posner, James Blake, and Maejor Ali. He also appeared on MGK's Lace Up. An EP, The Afterglow, followed in 2014. Another big stride was taken the next year with Deadroses, a self-released set of tracks that registered on Billboard's Uncharted listing of releases from upcoming artists.
Elhae
Jamaal "ELHAE" Jones knows that nothing lasts forever, so he's going to dedicate all of his time to become one of the greatest artists of this generation.

The singer and rapper, 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.

"I just liked the way that phrase looked on paper, so I took the letter from each word and pushed it together," he says of his name's origin.

ELHAE was born in Minot, North Dakota, but with a military dad, he moved around quite a bit, eventually landing in Warner Robins, Georgia, spending his 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.

"I just loved the conscious rap, it's something that really stimulated my brain," he says.

Still, it would be a spitter much closer to him that helped ELHAE realize his dream. After he heard a rap song that his choir buddy recorded in his home studio, ELHAE's interests were piqued. "I went over to his house and recorded and I fell in love," he says.

His first recording came at 14-years old, over Cassidy's "I'ma Hustla" instrumental. "We just recorded for weeks on end. It was so cool because it was my voice coming through the speakers," he says.

From there, ELHAE experimented blending hip-hop and R&B into a seamless sound. "People would tell me to pick one, but I never felt like I had to," he says.

Once he developed his sound, ELHAE 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****" 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 latest release All Have Fallen (Dream Loud Music Group/Atlantic) will put him on the path to greatness. "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."
Venue Information:
Summit Music Hall
1902 Blake St.
Denver, CO, 80208
http://thesummitmusichall.com/