EMMA-LEE says her new album Backseat Heroine (out February 7th) “Will be a departure from Never Just a Dream, leaning more Stevie Nicks than Sarah Vaughn.” The album features collaborations with Nicole Atkins, Jill Barber and Luke Doucet. Her first video debuted on My Old Kentucky Blog, who praised her thusly, “…”Not Coming By’, an deliriously catchy (North) Americana number that overtakes you like a cool evening fog, slowly gaining energy before finally exploding into a shower of Marachi-flavoured horns. Keep an eye on this gal.” You can watch it here: http://www.myoldkentuckyblog.com/?p=25637. EMMA-LEE will also continue to film her Backseat Sessions, a video series where she takes her music to the streets, hitchhiking and performing “one song for one ride” for a willing driver while traveling around Toronto. She has a Canadian tour, is appearing at Midem in Cannes and in London and has SXSW in her sights.
EMMA-LEE is one of the most distinctive vocalists and accomplished up-and-coming songwriters in the Canadian music scene, garnering a string of accolades — In 2008, she won an Independent Music Award for “Best Love Song,” and showcased at high-profile festivals such as SXSW, NXNE and CMW. EMMA-LEE has also been seen and heard from her national TV appearance on CBC Television, heavy rotation on campus radio and CBC stations, and multiple film & television placements such as HBO’s “Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures”, Tyler Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married Too?”, and Degrassi: The Next Generation.
Velvet voiced EMMA-LEE won critics over with her debut album Never Just a Dream. Its eclectic mix of pop, jazz, folk and blues charmed listeners with old-time warmth and honest, confessional lyrics. The Toronto Star said “She’s destined for big things” and receiving a perfect 4 of out 4 stars for the album. The Globe and Mail, while mentioning her career imperiling operation on her thyroid gland and another for an unrelated vocal-chord polyp, calls her voice “Spectacular. They sprinkled gold dust inside her throat, implanted strands of silk and coated it all with gleaming honey. The surgeries, suffice to say, were a success.”
For More On Emma-Lee:
Tour Dates: http://emma-lee.com/site/?page_id=4
Backseat Sessions Introduction: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-_ukSgcYJ4&
Backseat Sessions #1: “Just Looking”
Backseat Sessions #2: “Shadow of a Ghost”
Backseat Sessions #3: “I’ll Dream For You”