Elvis Perkins Biography

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Elvis Perkins was born on February 9, 1976 and is an American folk-rock recording artist. He released his debut solo album, “Ash Wednesday,” in 2007 and toured in support of the album with his band Elvis Perkins in Dearland, shortly thereafter. Perkin's band is composed of Brigham Brough on bass,vocals, and saxophone, Wyndham Boylan-Garnett on organ, harmonium, trombone, guitar, and vocals, and Nick Kinsey on drums, clarinet, and vocals. The band released their debut, “Elvis Perkins in Dearland,” on March 10, 2009. The band formed in Providence, RI around 2004 when Perkins moved to the East Coast upon completing “Ash Wednesday.” The band members had known each other for a number of years, collaborating on various musical projects before coming together as a band. The band currently reside in the Hudson River Valley of New York State.

Perkins was born into a creative family: the son of actor Anthony Perkins and photographer Berry Berenson, and great-grandson of the fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, who was a great-niece of Giovanni Schiaparelli, the Italian astronomer who believed he had discovered the supposed canals of Mars, and nephew to the actress Marisa Berenson, Berry's sister. His paternal grandfather Osgood Perkins, was also an actor. His mother was also a great-grandniece of art expert Bernard Berenson. Creativity and artistic talented then appears to be in Perkins' blood. He was raised in Los Angeles, California, and New York City with his older brother, actor Oz Perkins, and attended Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island.

Perkins was drawn to music at an early age, learning the saxophone, and later, the guitar in high school by taking lessons with Prescott Niles, one-time bassist for The Knack. Perkins began to play in rock bands while in high school, but also developed an interest in the classical guitar, and began to compose music in both idioms. He also wrote poetry, which gradually evolved into lyrics. After a short stint at college, he began to cultivate and deepen his musical talents and his passion for music took over.

“Ash Wednesday” was independently released in 2006 and was subsequently released February 20, 2007 by XL Recordings. The album was shaped in part, and motivated by, Perkin's mother's tragic death on Flight 11 from Boston to Los Angeles on September 11, 2001. Perkin's attests that the album had “been a long journey, long in the coming," and a tribute to the loss of his mother and all of the other victims that died during the aftermath of the twin towers assault that day.