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After finishing six years in the U.S. Army, Emily Yates learned to play the ukulele, and decided to use her training as a military journalist for a greater purpose. She started writing songs (such as "Try Not To Be A Dick," a finalist in the 2012 International Songwriting Competition, and "Smoke Break," a reflection on her deployments to Iraq) and playing them for unsuspecting strangers. She soon realized that writing these tunes and playing them would be the best way to get her many opinions across to the world, so she set to work writing dozens of songs, and by 2012 she had recorded her first album, I've Got Your Folk Songs Right Here.
“There’s no denying Yates’ piercing wit and unflinching commitment to telling the truth as she sees it,” writes Gary Peterson in the San Jose Mercury News. “From ‘I Don’t Want to Have a Baby,’ to ‘Shut Yer Face,’ to ‘Foreign Policy Folk Song,’ you don’t have to wonder what she’s thinking.”
In the few short years since those initial performances in 2011, Yates has already recorded one full-length album and has two more currently in the works - one entirely comprised of original songs for children. She's supported and performed with members of Americana bands (including Hot Buttered Rum, Railroad Earth, Fruition and others) and rock bands (New Monsoon, Grant Farm, Good Gravy, Scott Pemberton Trio), as well as with other singer-songwriters and stand-up comedians, showing her versatility as a performer. She's toured America and performs regularly in the Bay Area and on the west coast. Although she's still in the beginning stages of Eventual Ukulele Superstardom, she is sure that soon she will be able to drop the "Eventual" and just move on to total world domination. Especially since she now also plays the tenor banjo – everyone knows how effective a communication tool banjos can be.
Her second full-length album, Folk In Your Face, is due out in May 2014, and you can find her all over the place on perpetual Eventual World Domination Tour.