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Beginning when she was only 3 years old, Emily Rath found joy in song. Growing up with a musician father who encouraged her love for singing, she participated in musicals, chorus and a cappella groups well into her college years. Emily started learning the piano to accompanying her singing and at 16, she began writing her own music. She started performing originals at small venues, festivals, showcases and often collaborating on shows with her Father, a guitar and mandolin player.
In her college years at UC Santa Barbara, Emily not only auditioned and became a member of the co-ed a cappella group at her school for 4 years, but she continued performing her own music on the side. She was selected to open for artists Lissie and Jason Reeves through multiple competitions at her school and after college opened for the band Delta Rae. She also won a competition for an opening slot for youtube star Tyler Ward in San Francisco.
After college, Emily began concentrating more on her songwriting skills, learning and collaborating with other musicians and songwriters. A friend and mentor, Eric Holljes (talented singer, songwriter and keyboard player from the band Delta Rae), worked with Emily to bring her songwriting to the next level. She entered into several West Coast Songwriter competitions, where she went on to win two ‘Best Performance’ Awards and one ‘Best Song’ Award in separate Bay Area chapters of the organization. Emily recorded 6 original songs for her EP ‘Afterglow’ in Spring of 2012, featuring Miles Schon, son of Journey’s guitarist, Neal Schon. One of her songs, "Get Out" from her EP was featured on San Francisco's renowned radio station, KFOG 104.5FM throughout the month of august for their local scene month. The song was also featured on KFOG's local scene CD 9, where all proceeds went to music in schools. In October of 2012, Emily performed a segment of original music for Bay Area local TV Channel 22, KRCB, which aired twice that month.
In an attempt to not rely on others for recordings while developing her career, Emily put together a small studio in her bedroom, where she learned how to use the recording program Logic Pro to create demos of her music. In Aug. 2013, she was selected to perform at the IES Festival, an Indie Music conference in LA. It was this performance where she connected with founder/CEO of Empower Logic Studios, Glen Stern and began working with a passionate team of musicians and sound engineer/producer Ben Briggs to begin recording her new music.
Inspired by artists like Skylar Grey, Sara Bareilles, and Lana Del Rey to influences from hip-hop, indie and rock music, Emily has created a unique sound of her own. With a soulful voice and indie pop sound, Emily writes from a place of vulnerability and emotional experience, “To me, if you’re able to have a voice that people listen to in this world, you might as well say something meaningful,” she explains. Her songs touch on her own encounters with complicated relationships, controversial themes, growing into herself, and a general undertone that life is not black and white. As Paul Liberatore from the Marin IJ wrote in July 2013 of Emily’s music, “As a songwriter, she's blessed with a rare talent for melody and a knack for writing catchy hooks, qualities that are valuable commodities in pop music.”