Emily Elbert is going places. Full of love, soul, and wanderlust, the 24-year-old has performed all over the U.S. and in 15 countries around the world, from Peru to Palestine, from Turkey to Thailand. Raised in Texas on a musical diet of Antonio Carlos Jobim, James Taylor, and ’60s radio, Emily first fell in love with guitar as a teenager. Electrified, she dove into writing, singing, performing, and recording, and set her sights on attending the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. She soon landed a coveted spot in the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Foundation’s jazz ensemble, and was awarded a four-year, full-tuition scholarship. Now the recent Berklee graduate has played over 600 shows internationally, released three independent albums of original material, and won awards on both sides of the Atlantic.
Known for her strong melodies, straight-to-the-heart vocals, and intricate guitar work, Emily has performed at some of the best listening rooms and clubs in the country. These include Brooklyn Bowl, Hotel Café, Club Passim, The Cactus Café, The Tin Angel, City Winery, The Living Room, Rockwood Music Hall, and The Kessler Theater. She has also opened for artists including G. Love & Special Sauce, Tuck & Patti, Richie Havens, Leon Russell, Kaki King, Jorge Drexler, Kate Voegele, Joan Osbourne, Ryan Montbleau, Livingston Taylor, and Patty Larkin. Recent awards include being selected as the First Place Winner of the 2012 B.W. Stevenson Memorial Songwriting Contest, as well as a 2012 Timberland Community Eco-Friendly Artist. She was also named to the top five of the Mountain Stage/NewSong contest in 2010 and Glamour Magazine selected Emily as one of their Top Ten College Women, 2010. She’s a winner of Scotland’s 2009 BurnSong International Song Contest and was named the Best New Artist of 2008 by WUMB-FM Radio in Boston. The Dallas Morning News selected her as Local Rookie of the Year, 2007.
Music lovers have watched Emily’s YouTube videos in droves, including over 400,000 views of her version of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and over a million views of her YouTube channel. She’s played festivals ranging from Indonesia’s Java Jazz Fest to Massachusetts’ Boston Folk Fest. Emily co-produced and self-released her debut album, Bright Side, in 2006 and her second album, Proof, in 2010. Her third CD, a live, full-band recording, entitled Alive, In Love was released in May, 2012. The Boston Folk Festival says, “Emily is among the most glowing of the upcoming generation of American singer-songwriters, if ‘upcoming’ even applies to this phenom any longer.”