In a nutshell….
Midwestern born and raised, Emily attended The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, School for Film/TV. She has performed duties in all aspects of the entertainment industry from writing, producing and script editing, to performing and directing; but she has a special passion for being in the spotlight. An alumni of Girl Be Heard (formally Project Girl Performance Collective), Emily has become a well spoken public figure for female empowerment and raising self-confidence in young women around the world. She has performed her original work at The New Jersey State Theater, The Chicago State Theater, and even The White House in Washington, D.C. She has been seen on PBS, TED talks, and featured on German National News Network, ARD. She is also a singer/songwriter/musician who plays the acoustic guitar, ukulele, flute, and piccolo and loves to write and perform her quirky and honestly heartfelt lyrics. Her original music has also been heard around the US at coffee shops, theaters, and concert halls as well as on radio stations in New York, Canada, and the UK that broadcast around the world. Emily enjoys performing, especially her original work, and using her music and voice to inspire anyone willing to listen.
The whole shebang….
Emily was born and raised in Lake Orion, Michigan and grew up in a musical family with her mom and dad who have always been talented singers/musicians, and her older brother who has been a DJ around southeastern Michigan since he was very young. When Emily was a sophomore in High School playing the flute and piccolo in the marching band, her friends overheard her singing and persuaded her to go to an open mic night. Once she had the attention of that coffee house – she never wanted to stop performing.
The next year Emily did a workshop with The Young Americans performing troupe and was singing for a group of people. Come to find out she was actually auditioning for a solo in the workshops final performance. From that, Emily earned the largest solo in the performance and wanted to move out of coffee shop open mic nights and onto a larger stage.
Emily’s stage sprawled all across southeast Michigan. Local news station’s singing competitions, fundraisers, school events, church programs, and more. Her hometown of Lake Orion took notice and started booking Emily and her family for local flower fairs and a variety of other summer festivals.
Emily made the big move out to New York City in 2007 to pursue an acting career and attend The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, School for Film and Television. She learned an array of techniques and excelled in many of her classes. While at NYCDA, Emily teamed up with another student to produce the first ever NYCDA Musical Theater Showcase which is now an annual affair.
After completing her training in 2009, Emily auditioned and was cast for GirlPower: Survival of the Fittest in the EstroGenius Festival, a cast that has now grown into the non-profit organization, Girl Be Heard (formally Project Girl Performance Collective), a group that writes and creates their own productions. Within GBH, Emily has been a company member, a published writer, a mentor and a director. She’s honored to have performed at prestigious venues such as The New Jersey State Theater, The Chicago State Theater, The United Nations, TED talks, and even The White House in Washington, D.C. Emily truly strives to be an advocate for women’s empowerment through acting, spoken word and music.
It was only after starting her work with GBH that Emily began to write so much and was beginning to write songs, Emily decided it was time to get an instrument to accompany herself and was gifted a guitar by her parents.
Since 2009, Emily has accomplished an immense amount of self-promotion and has been gaining attention of artist collectives, theater companies, songwriters, and producers. She performed in new plays like Love Hurts by Darryl Johnson, Pervert by Dean Preston, Cause of Failure by Megan Weaver, was the lead character of an SVA thesis film, “Nutmeg”, and in the short film “Deep Score” directed by John Levy, that was accepted into the International Williamsburg Film Festival, among others, on top of pursuing continuous work with GBH and playing shows singing, playing guitar, and teaching herself how to play the ukulele.
In 2011 Emily entered her first singer/songwriter competition with Recording Artist Development in New York City among many talented singer/songwriters. She was awarded with the grand prize and was able to get studio time to record her debut single, “Home Is Where the Heart Is”. After recording her single she was invited to be interviewed on air with Legends Radio and was able to independently release the song on iTunes.
Also in 2011, Emily directed and performed in a National Tour where GBH partnered with the United Nations Foundation, Girl Up, empowering young women and showing them how to create better lives for themselves, and how to help young women in developing countries around the world. During the tour Emily was a prized leader during empowerment workshops and discussions as well as a speaker for the press during interviews with numerous news outlets.
In September 2012 Emily was asked to be a guest on the independent Canadian radio station, Radio Nation, and helped the station get a high amount of listeners from Michigan and New York (her home state and current state, respectively). In December 2012, Emily was awarded one of the first ever Radio Nation Music Awards and was named American Musician of the Year based on popular vote.
With a budding Canadian fan base, Emily traveled to Toronto, Ontario in March of 2013 and was able to play a weekend of shows including an opening set for The Maladies of Adam Stokes at The Central Bar and a headlining show at legendary venue, The Rivoli.
Emily’s music has been heard around the US in a range of venues, on international news networks, on radio stations in New York City, Canada, and the UK that were broadcasts heard around the globe. She is continuously writing keeping her own truths inside of her music; writing songs about love, loss, life, and anything in between.
Emily has recorded and is in post production for her first ever live acoustic EP, “From a Living Room”, to be released in 2013! She was accompanied on the EP by Kyle Younger on acoustic bass and Alex Cohen on cajon.
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