Jeff Ellis (recording engineer)

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Jeff Ellis
Birth name Jeffrey Charles Ellis
Born (1984-07-16) July 16, 1984 (age 30)
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Origin Scottsdale, Arizona
Genres Pop, Contemporary R&B, Electro-Pop, Pop Rap, Rock
Occupations Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer
Years active 2008-present

Jeff Ellis (born July 16, 1984) is an American Grammy Award winning recording engineer, and Grammy nominated mix engineer.[1] His most notable work was featured on Frank Ocean's critically acclaimed album Channel ORANGE. [2]


In 2009, after changing careers from finance to music, Jeff garnered an internship at EastWest Studios, formerly United/Western Recorders, where artists such as Frank Sinatra and The Beach Boys once recorded. When Jeff's internship expired he was asked to join the staff as an assistant musical engineer. [3]

In 2012, Jeff became the engineer for recording artist Frank Ocean when he arrived at EastWest Studios to record a track for his debut album, Channel Orange. Jeff developed a working relationship with Ocean and was offered the opportunity to freelance full-time on the remainder of the project. [3] Channel Orange was a critical success, earning Jeff a 2013 Grammy for Best Urban Contemporary Album, as well as a nomination for Album of the Year.[4] The album also includes the Record Of The Year-nominated track "Thinkin Bout You" a song in which Jeff mix engineered.[5]

Since going freelance, Jeff has worked with such notable artists such as Akon, Skylar Grey, and Kate Nash, whose album Made of Bricks hit #1 on the UK pop charts in 2007. [3]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Award Work Result
2013 55th Grammy Awards[6]
Record of the Year[7] "Thinkin Bout You" Nominated
Album of the Year[7] Channel Orange Nominated
Best Urban Contemporary Album[7] Won

Notable Credits[edit]

Year Artist Album Details
2013 Earl Sweatshirt Doris Engineer[8]
Kate Nash Girl Talk Engineer, Vocals (Background)[9]
Skylar Grey Don't Look Down Vocal Engineer[10]
2012 Frank Ocean Channel Orange Engineer, Mixer[11]
Odd Future The OF Tape Vol. 2 Engineer, Mixer[11]
Shoshana Bean O'Farrel Street Mixer[12]


  1. ^ The Recording Academy. "Grammy Nominees 2012". The Recording Academy. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Himmelman, Jeff. "Frank Ocean Can Fly". The New York Times Magazine. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Baker, Craig. "Making Music with Grammy-winning audio engineer Jeff Ellis". The Money Side of Life. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  4. ^ C.R.A.S, The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences. "Grad Spotlight: Jeff Ellis". The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  5. ^ Clinch, Danny. "Grammys 2013: Full nominations list of the 55th Annual Grammy Awards". New York Daily News. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Grammys 2013: Complete list of nominees". December 5, 2012. Retrieved December 31, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c The Recording Academy. "55th Grammy Nominees and Winners". The Recording Academy. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  8. ^ AllMusic. "Earl Sweatshirt - Doris - AllMusic Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  9. ^ AllMusic. "All Music Credits Jeff Ellis". All Music. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  10. ^ AllMusic. "Skylar Grey - Don't Look Down - AllMusic Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  11. ^ a b AllMusic. "All Music Credits Jeff Ellis". All Music. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  12. ^ Discog. "Shoshana Bean - Discog Credits". Discog. Retrieved 16 July 2013.