This August, I’m excited to announce that I will be returning to the Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival & Workshop in beautiful Bigfork, Montana. Last year I attended as a student on the Chairman’s Young Artist Scholarship, and this year I’ll be performing as an artist-in-residence, alongside the legendary Mike Stern, Ana Popovic, Lee Ritenour, Shelby Lynne, John Oates, and David Leisner! I’m deeply honored to be a part of this unique, inspiring event. Registration is open and tickets are available now – check out cocguitarfoundation.org for more info.
February’s nonprofit organization of the month is the Somaly Mam Foundation. Co-founded by Somaly Mam, a Cambodian survivor of sexual slavery, the foundation is dedicated to the eradication of slavery and the empowerment of its survivors. It focuses especially on Southeast Asia, which is a region particularly dear to my heart. I originally read about Somaly’s work in Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, and was so moved by her story – very thankful that together, we can help support the powerful work she is doing.
To donate directly or find out more about the SMF, check out http://www.somaly.org/
Also, big thanks to all who contributed to last month’s organization, the International Rescue Committee!
So honored to discover that Don Was has selected me as one of the top 10 finalists (out of almost 10,000 entries) for the Guitar Center Singer Songwriter Competition. The finals will take place in Hollywood on March 1st. The winner gets to record an EP with the legendary Mr. Was, as well as getting a bunch of incredible music gear and other prizes. Sending so much love and gratitude to all who supported with their views, shares, likes, and love.
Tomorrow night kicks off my 5-week residency at one of my favorite spots, the Witzend in Venice, west side L.A. I’m so excited to be spending this time in SoCal, and look forward to playing for you all. Come check it out:
Lots of gratitude to those of y’all who bought CDs or downloads in December – 15% of my merch sales from last month will be donated to Mercy Corps. Hope you enjoy the music, and thanks for your support! For January, the money will go to the International Rescue Committee. The IRC is doing powerful work in regions where it is deeply needed, currently including South Sudan and Syria. Every donation helps.
To donate directly or find out more about the International Rescue Committee, check out http://rescue.org/ .
I’ll be joined by two great songwriters with DFW roots, Troy Cartwright and Curtis Peel. Tickets are $15, and will be available at the door. We will also be accepting canned food for local food banks, so feel free to bring some along if you’re up for it.
7:30 doors / 8:30 Troy / 9:00 Curtis / 9:30 Emily
Each month this year, I pledge to donate 15% of my merchandise sales to a nonprofit organization that is helping to promote positive social/environmental change. For December, I’d like to start with MercyCorps. These folks are doing incredible relief work in areas of need around the world – including right now in the Philippines, where so much aid work is required. They also have a four star (highest possible) rating on Charity Navigator, and are widely respected for their transparency and productivity.
To donate directly or find out more about MercyCorps, check out www.mercycorps.org .
I’ve entered an amazing competition via Guitar Center, to make a record with the legendary Don Was.
I’m premiering the video for my new single “In with the New”, via their site – and the major first step is just to get enough views to make it to the judges’ panel. Each video viewed counts as one point. Any support would be sincerely and lovingly appreciated – thanks for listening, y’all!
You don’t need to start an account – just press the ‘play’ button on the video below:
Such a beautiful experience opening for Crystal Bowersox on her Northeast tour this month. Radically inspired by this woman and her music – she’s the real deal. We did 9 dates together, in NY, MA, PA, ME, NH, and CT – got to play some beautiful venues, and meet really lovely folks. I’m grateful for the opportunity, and to all who made it so special.
The first day we met, we bonded over a common love for the great Amos Lee – here’s our backstage tribute, singing his song “Arms of a Woman”.
Spending the week at the Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop & Festival in Bigfork, Montana! I’m honored to be the first recipient of the Chairman’s Young Artist Scholarship, where I’ll be studying and performing in the natural beauty of Bigfork surrounded by legends like Pat Metheny, Robben Ford, Lee Ritenour, Daryl Stuermer, my pal Livingston Taylor, and more. Opening for the great Los Angeles Quitar Quartet tonight to kick things off.
Excited to be a part of the new Mason Jar Music soul EP, Decoration Day Vol. 2 – and also that Paste Magazine premiered the first track! You can see Paste’s coverage here, of our version of the Beatles’ “Don’t Let Me Down”. I also cut a version of Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions’ “Keep On Pushing” – you can download those tracks, as well as 4 other super soulful tracks by Josh Garrels, Nick Hakim, Flearoy, and Gabriel Garzón-Montano, on NoiseTrade here.
Two more shows left in the California tour – what a trip this has been. Playing the inspiring conference of zeitgeist-healing Social Venture Network, sharing several sweet shows with my new pal Rushad Eggleston, a stellar house concert in SF, and now, back south for the last two shows – at two of my favorite venues, LeStats and Witzend. Thanks to all who have made this so special so far – hope to see you this week in San Diego or Venice!
SE Asia Tour video #1: “Dialed In & Opened Up,” live from the Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia! Featuring Hailey Niswanger on alto sax, Bruno Esrubilsky on drums, and Kyle Miles on bass. More to come soon, but for now check the photos page, as well as facebook, twitter, and instagram for more media and info about our adventure. Aku cinta, Indonesia!
Here’s a beautiful old gospel song I recorded for “The Storm is Passing Over,” a Hurricane Sandy relief project from the brilliant guys at Mason Jar Music. Check it out below – all purchases go directly towards relief funds! The album (available on SoundCloud) also features luminaries like Roseanne Cash, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Lucius, Aoife O’Donovan (w. Noam Pikelny & Paul Kowert), Lucius, Tift Merritt, Michael Daves, and more.
Having an amazing time so far on this winter’s Southeast Asia tour! Brought over a great quartet, and we’re performing in Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia. First, we played the beautiful Re:Earth Festival on Koh Samui, Thailand, and now we’re at the Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia, alongside some truly amazing international jazz acts. Up next, we’re excited to head to Bangkok for workshops and a gig at Stu-fe’, then to the north of Thailand for the Chiang Mai Fest! So excited. My first-ever shows in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur will follow after that…photos, video, and blogs to follow soon. In the meantime, check out my tour page, facebook, twitter, and instagram to keep in touch!
West coast friends! I am back in your sunny homeland this month for shows all over the state. I’ve just wrapped up my first 3 gigs, in 3 cities, in 24 hours – Venice Beach, Ramona, and San Diego – and am looking forward to the remaining dates in Winters, San Rafael, Half Moon Bay, San Clemente, and Hollywood. Check the tour page for more info.
Here’s an acoustic version of my original tune, “Visitor”, filmed by my friend Keenan O’Meara in Brooklyn.
So enjoyed playing at Cameo in Brooklyn with two of my favorite artists and dear friends, Julia Easterlin and Nadia Washington last week – and playing this week at Pete’s Candy Store for the CMJ Music Marathon! Thanks to all who came out. Now, looking forward to opening for the very cool Nneka at Boston’s Café 939 on Saturday Oct. 20, and returning to NYC to play at Pete’s with the beautiful and talented Rhianna LaRocque and T.H.E.M.! This is going to be fun.
Such a joy to tour in California again last month – playing Hollywood, San Diego, Laguna Beach, Ventura, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Mill Valley, and Groveland. Met so many lovely people, played some great shows, and got to explore a good part of the American West, including the Grand Canyon, Zion, Death Valley, and Yosemite (I’m a big National Parks fan)! Such a gorgeous region. Thanks so much to all who came out & supported the tour – see you again in a few months!
Just wrapped up a tour with some of my favorite musicians, my dear friends Eric Robertson & the Boston Boys – we played in New Orleans and Lafayette, Louisiana, and Lufkin, Austin, Dallas, Linden, and Paris, Texas. It was a joy to play for everyone – thanks so much to all who came out and supported us along the way! Feel free to check out the blog for more photos & info!
I’m so excited to share this music with you – I hope it brings you joy. I certainly had a blast creating it! A most heartfelt thank you to all of those who helped make this album possible – to the awesome musicians and behind-the-scenes friends, and to the 192 beautiful Kickstarter supporters who made this an entirely fan-funded project. Grassroots love… check it out!
Just finished an incredible tour in Indonesia! A blog update is on the way soon, but first here’s some photos from the week.
I’m excited to be featured as the Timberland Community Artist of the Month for January! They focus on musicians who strive to live and work in a more earth-friendly way, which is something I’m very passionate about. You can check out the site here if you’d like! Along with the video, there is a free mp3 download of my song “To Stay Alive in the World”.
You can help make this new album a reality! Check out the video here, featuring clips of 3 brand-new tunes and then go to the the Kickstarter page:
I had the incredible experience last week of getting to play in Ramallah, Palestine after a week of wonderful shows in Israel. During that tour, I experienced some of the most moving moments I’ve ever had as a performer. The people were so genuine and warm, and I really felt the uniting power of music. Peace is possible! The Ramallah gig was also covered by the Palestinian TV and Radio – here’s the video coverage, with Arabic subtitles. Blog and photos to come soon!
This past summer, I went on my first real solo tour in Europe – shows throughout Scotland, Italy, and Spain (and I also hung out a bit in Paris with the lovely musician Hannah Read). It was a wonderful experience. I met so many kind, interesting new friends, explored beautiful cities and countrysides, learned a lot, and played a ton of music. Recently, I put together this video to share some of what happened. You can also check out some of the photos from the tour here.
In Scotland, my first stop, I played the 4th of July Party for the US Consulate in Edinburgh, and a Douglas’ Place House Concert, which were both great ways to kick off the experience. Special thanks to Dana Linnet and to photographer Douglas Robertson for hosting those. In Italy, the Tuscan Institute of Music and Art sponsored two wonderful gigs, in Prato and Campi Bisenzio, and I also had the blessing of performing with Luigi Gagliardi‘s Suryananda Project, a band of great musicians from Florence. Spain was the final country on the tour, and it was a total blast. I got to play several concerts and radio programs with songwriters Guillermo Marin and Sharin, in Madrid, Zaragoza, and Barcelona. Thanks to Guillermo and Encinta Productions for making that happen.
Thanks also to everyone who came out to the shows. This was such a positive experience for me, and I loved meeting you all. Hope to come back in 2012!
Glamour magazine recently selected Emily as one of the “Top 10 College Women of 2010″. The competition, in its 53rd year, features some of the US’ most impressive female students, and past winners include Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton, Diane Sawyer, and Martha Stewart. This year’s winners just got back from the NYC awards ceremony – you can read more about it on Glamour’s website or Emily’s blog.