About Elijah Ocean
Ocean was born in a small house in the Hudson Valley. His parents later moved the family to the woods of midcoast Maine, where he grew up listening to records by The Beatles, Paul Simon and Willie Nelson. As a teenager Ocean was gifted an acoustic guitar and, inspired by the songs of Bob Dylan, began writing songs in his family’s barn.
Ocean’s career as a solo artist began in 2009 with the release of his folky debut, The Wind or the Wine, which coincided with a move from Maine to New York City. It was there he honed his voice and vision, establishing himself as a unique and authentic musical talent with the release of Tumble & Fall in 2012. A steady regimen of national touring followed, with Ocean recording two sessions for Daytrotter and playing to packed houses from Mercury Lounge in New York to Hotel Cafe in LA. Now he is set to release the follow up, Bring It All In.
The opportunity to record this new group of songs at Waterfront Studios was a dream come true for the blossoming singer. Built by producer Henry Hirsch (Lenny Kravitz, Mick Jagger) inside a nineteenth-century church in Hudson, the analog studio provided the perfect space for Ocean’s thoughtful songs to come to life. He brought in seven of his best friends for a weekend of live tracking with engineer Greg Di Gesu, and together they captured the eight songs that make up Bring It All In. The open sound of the room paired with the natural arrangements of piano, fiddle, and pedal steel create a comfortable bed for Ocean’s earnest vocals, which were caught live on the floor with Sarah Durning singing harmony on a shared mic. The album was released last fall as Ocean once again made a simultaneous move, this time to Los Angeles.