Born and raised in Detroit, Jada Nycole Ellise grew up surrounded by the sounds of Motown, Jazz, Techno, and Gospel music. This sonic melting pot aided in Ellise to cultivating her sound, pulling inspiration from artists like Sarah Vaughn and J Dilla. An early interest in animation and Adult Swim would pull her deeper into music making. The Adult Swim bump beats produced by Flying Lotus would eventually inspire Ellise to finally explore music production on an Akai XR20 drum machine. From there, a sonic love affair began to bloom.

Ellise began singing at 6 years old and gained her initial music training in the Black church by singing in choirs and taking piano lessons. As a teenager, Ellise attended the Detroit School of Arts where she received both jazz and classical training. She performed in an array of classical, chamber and jazz vocal ensembles and as the front-woman of the school's jazz band. Her newly found passion for baroque music (specifically J.S. Bach's sacred cantatas) made her certain she'd become a music educator to "share the beauty of baroque and classical music to more Black kids in Detroit" just as her choral directors had shown her.

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Ellise continued her music education at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, receiving a B.A. in classical music performance and modern composition.


Ellises interest in ethnomusicology and music research and her passion for telling the stories of the Black Forgotten is at the center of her sonic and visual art. Her latest work centers the stories of Black women musicians of the Harlem Renaissance whose stories have often been disregarded or even erased.

As a composer Ellise has lent her artistry to various art mediums from short films to interactive performance art. In 2014 Ellise placed runner-up in the Detroit Jazz Festival's Youth Vocal competition. She has also performed as an opening act for artists such as Anthony Hamilton, Chrisette Michelle, Elle Varner, and soul legends Frankie Beverly and Maze. In addition to performing center stage, Ellise has also supported jazz vocalist Kathleen Bertrand as a background singer.

Ellise’s self-produced debut album Temporary Colors was released on June 19, 2020.


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Luv n Chaos (2022)



"K-Town Funk" (featured artist)

"Foolish" (featured artist)


"Garden" by Flwr Chyld (2020)

Credit: featured artist


"Luvaroq" by Elujay ft. Serpentwithfeet (2021)

Credit: vocal production