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Emily Strom was raised in a musical family, learning to sing and play piano from a young age. Classically trained as a young child, Emily switched over to jazz upon entering college. From jazz bands to a folk rock duet to the all-encompassing cover band, Annie Up, Emily has explored many different genres of music.
Emily considers one of her greatest creative outputs to date to be composing a piece for and conducting the Wichita State University Jazz Arts big band at the Wichita Jazz Festival. Within the same year, Emily won the talent preliminary, taking both the Margene Savage Memorial Top Vocalist Award and the Debra Dene Barnes Outsanding Instrumentalist Scholarship at Miss Kansas, singing and playing jazz piano. After spending a year traveling the state and country as Miss Kansas 2008, Emily went back to WSU, graduating with a jazz piano degree.
Upon graduating, Emily took a couple years to explore a television career but decided music was where her heart had been all along. She is currently pursuing a career as a full-time musician, releasing her debut album, Waltz in the Dark, comprised of original songs. She leads two bands, the Emily Strom Trio, an original jazz band, and Emily Strom & The Ladybyrds, an all-girls cover band. She also plays solo shows and shows with guitarists upon request.
"I see creating music as an exploration. I'm thankful for every inspiration that comes and look forward to exploring where that inspiration comes from. That's how my songs are created. I don't really know how else to do it." -Emily