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part wits, part grits.
Emily Pakes is a performing songwriter from Durham, NC. Her songs have been featured in independent film "Pitstache," in a segment on LGBT podcast homoground.com and in a piece commissioned by Chicago's Cocodancegroup. Finalist in the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest for "My Kinda Special" (Vocal Jazz Category) and received an Honorable Mention for "Baby Got Bush" (Comedy). Finalist in the 2014 International Songwriting Competition, "Lambchop" (Comedy) and Semi-Finalist "Ladies Don't Crap" (Comedy). She performs for general audiences as Emily Pakes, but performs comedy music as Purdy Holsom.