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Steeped in jazz, James Taylor, and Jimi Hendrix, Emily Elbert has carved out her sound on the road. Armed with a global spirit and do-it-yourself passion, the independent songwriter has played over 700 shows throughout the U.S. and in 15 countries worldwide – from Peru to Palestine, and Turkey to Thailand. The Boston Folk Festival notes, “Emily is among the most glowing of the upcoming generation of American singer-songwriters, if ‘upcoming’ even applies to this phenom any longer.”
As a teenager, Emily dove headfirst into writing, singing, performing, and recording. At age 17, she co-produced and self-released her first original album, Bright Side. Soon after, she set her sights on attending the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, and was awarded a four-year, full-tuition scholarship. Now at 24, Emily’s music has won awards in the U.S. and U.K., and garnered accolades from publications like The Washington Post, and Glamour Magazine. YouTube videos of her performances have attracted more than 1.5 million views from music lovers of all ages and nationalities. She’s played festivals ranging from Indonesia’s Java Jazz Fest to New York’s CMJ Music Marathon.
Known for her strong melodies, straight-to-the-heart vocals, and intricate guitar work, Emily has performed at some of the best listening rooms and clubs in the country. These include the Highline Ballroom, Brooklyn Bowl, Hotel Café, Club Passim, The Cactus Café, The Tin Angel, City Winery, The Living Room, Rockwood Music Hall, and The Kessler Theater. She has also opened for artists including G. Love & Special Sauce, Leon Russell, Richie Havens, Tuck & Patti, Crystal Bowersox, Kaki King, Jorge Drexler, Kate Voegele, Joan Osbourne, Ryan Montbleau, Livingston Taylor, and Patty Larkin. Recent honors include being awarded the Chairman’s Young Artist Scholarship to 2013 Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop & Festival in Montana, being selected as the First Place Winner of the 2012 B.W. Stevenson Memorial Songwriting Contest, as well as a 2012 Timberland Community Eco-Friendly Artist. She was also named to the top five of the Mountain Stage/NewSong contest in 2010 and Glamour Magazine selected Emily as one of their Top Ten College Women, 2010. She’s a winner of Scotland’s 2009 BurnSong International Song Contest and was named the Best New Artist of 2008 by WUMB-FM Radio in Boston. She was a member of the prestigious Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Jazz Ensemble, and the The Dallas Morning News selected her as Local Rookie of the Year in 2007.
Emily co-produced and self-released her debut album, Bright Side, in 2006 and her second album, Proof, in 2010. Her third CD, a live recording entitled Alive, In Love, was released in May 2012. Evolve, a four-track EP recorded at Mason Jar Music in Brooklyn, will be available on iTunes, Bandcamp, and CDBaby outlets on November 5th, 2013.