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Essie Jain

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London, United Kingdom (2006 – present)

Essie Jain is an English singer-songwriter born and raised in London and now based out of New York City. Her first published work was a single track, “Why”, on the 2006 album The Sound the Hare Heard, which contains a single track each from a large number of artists (including Sufjan Stevens and Colin Meloy).

Her first full length record, “We Made This Ourselves”, drew comparisons to the British folk singers Sandy Denny and Vashti Bunyan. Her second release, “The Inbetween”, received much praise in the press.

Her 2012 album “All Became Golden” is a recorded collection of songs written and performed by Jain and arranged by the critically-acclaimed composer Nico Muhly, who has previously collaborated with artists such as Bjork and Antony and The Johnsons. Inspired by Frank Sinatra’s recording process, the sessions in February 2012 were open to a small invited audience who attended the live orchestral recordings in the beautiful, newly opened, DiMenna Center for Classical Music. The resultant record was released as an audiovisual album, aimed at capturing a magical collaboration of Nico and Essie, the recording process and Jain’s deep connection to the music.

Jain was steeped in the arts from a young age. She grew up in a creative family and was actively encouraged to pursue music. She took to the stage for the first time at the tender age of fourteen with her mother to sing Irish and English songs that dated back to Victorian times. It was her uncle who sent a tape of some songs they had recorded together to a publishing house in London. The ensuing deal brought her swiftly to New York City where she has lived for ten years.

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