Emily Elbert weaves together a rhythmic funk-folk blend that is equal parts introspection and celebration. With a global spirit and DIY-passion, the songstress has lovingly carried her music around the world, playing over a thousand independent shows from Peru to Palestine. These experiences are reflected in her lyrics, touching on both personal journeys and the divine. Anchored by intricate guitar playing and an old-soul voice, Emily’s music offers progressive perspective, while paying tribute to the timeless. She has independently released four albums, and is currently at work on the next.
Recently, Emily spent over a year touring as a member of Esperanza Spalding’s experimental music and theater project, “Emily’s D+Evolution”. The group played wild and wide-reaching shows around the world, from the Apollo Theater and the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, to the Sydney Opera House.
Solo, Emily has had the honor of opening for acts including G. Love & Special Sauce, Victor Wooten, Kaki King, Leon Russell, Robben Ford, Nneka, and Richie Havens, and collaborated with artists ranging from Ben Taylor to Dweezil Zappa. Her music has garnered praise from publications like the Washington Post, Utne Reader, and Glamour Magazine, won awards in the U.S. and U.K., and attracted over two million YouTube views. 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.”