Jeff Ellis (recording engineer)

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Jeff Ellis
Birth nameJeffrey Charles Ellis
Born (1984-07-16) July 16, 1984 (age 34)
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
OriginScottsdale, Arizona
GenresPop, contemporary R&B, electropop, pop-rap, rock
Occupation(s)Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer
Years active2008-present

Jeff Ellis (born July 16, 1984) is an American recording engineer and mix engineer.[1] His most notable work was featured on both of Frank Ocean's critically acclaimed albums: Channel ORANGE [2] and Blonde [3]


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. [4]

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. [4] 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.[5] The album also includes the Record Of The Year-nominated track "Thinkin Bout You" a song that Jeff mixed.[6]

Jeff continued to work with Frank Ocean from 2012 to 2016 on his follow up album Blonde. [7] Jeff has also worked with such notable artists such as Akon, Skylar Grey, Nick Jonas, Pernille Rosendahl and Kate Nash, whose album Made of Bricks hit #1 on the UK pop charts in 2007. [4]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Award Work Result
2013 55th Grammy Awards[8]
Record of the Year[9] "Thinkin Bout You" Nominated
Album of the Year[9] Channel Orange Nominated
Best Urban Contemporary Album[9] Won

Notable Credits[edit]

Year Artist Album Details
2018 Kali Uchis Isolation (Kali Uchis album) Mixer
2018 Kali Uchis After the Storm (Kali Uchis song) Mixer
2018 The Neighbourhood The Neighbourhood (album) Mixer, Track 10 "Reflections"
2017 Jesse Rutherford (singer) & Mixer, Master Engineer
2016 Frank Ocean Blonde Engineer[10]
Nick Jonas Last Year Was Complicated Mixer[11]
SWMRS Drive North Mixer[12]
Pernille Rosendahl Dark Bird Mixer[13]
2013 Earl Sweatshirt Doris Engineer[14]
Kate Nash Girl Talk Engineer, Vocals (Background)[15]
Skylar Grey Don't Look Down Vocal Engineer[16]
2012 Frank Ocean Channel Orange Engineer, Mixer[17]
Odd Future The OF Tape Vol. 2 Engineer, Mixer[17]
Shoshana Bean O'Farrel Street Mixer[18]


  1. ^ The Recording Academy. "Grammy Nominees 2012". The Recording Academy. Archived from the original on 7 December 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
  2. ^ Himmelman, Jeff. "Frank Ocean Can Fly". The New York Times Magazine. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
  3. ^ Pitchfork. "Frank Ocean's Blond: 6 Things to Know".
  4. ^ a b c Baker, Craig. "Making Music with Grammy-winning audio engineer Jeff Ellis". The Money Side of Life. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
  5. ^ C.R.A.S, The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences. "Grad Spotlight: Jeff Ellis". The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
  6. ^ Clinch, Danny. "Grammys 2013: Full nominations list of the 55th Annual Grammy Awards". New York Daily News. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
  7. ^ Pitchfork. "Frank Ocean's Blond: 6 Things to Know".
  8. ^ "Grammys 2013: Complete list of nominees". December 5, 2012. Retrieved December 31, 2012.
  9. ^ a b c The Recording Academy. "55th Grammy Nominees and Winners". The Recording Academy. Archived from the original on 7 December 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
  10. ^ Pitchfork. "Frank Ocean's Blond: 6 Things to Know".
  11. ^ Discogs. "Nick Jonas* - Last Year Was Complicated".
  12. ^ RollingStone. "Meet SWMRS: Punk's Progressive, Pop-Friendly Saviors".
  14. ^ AllMusic. "Earl Sweatshirt - Doris - AllMusic Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
  15. ^ AllMusic. "All Music Credits Jeff Ellis". All Music. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
  16. ^ AllMusic. "Skylar Grey - Don't Look Down - AllMusic Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
  17. ^ a b AllMusic. "All Music Credits Jeff Ellis". All Music. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
  18. ^ Discog. "Shoshana Bean - Discog Credits". Discog. Retrieved 16 July 2013.