Emily West

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This article is about the country music artist. For the Texas folk heroine, see Emily D. West.
Emily West
Birth name Emily Marie Nemmers[1][2]
Born (1981-07-09) July 9, 1981 (age 33)[3]
Origin Waterloo, Iowa, U.S.
Genres Country, pop
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Guitar
Years active 2007 – present
Labels Capitol Nashville
Associated acts Chely Wright
Website Emily West Music

Emily Marie Nemmers (born July 9, 1981) is an American country and popular music artist who performs and records under the name Emily West. Signed to Capitol Records Nashville, she debuted on Billboard's Hot Country Songs charts in early 2008 with the single "Rocks in Your Shoes". This song peaked at No. 39 early in the year, and is the first single from a self-titled EP. She entered the country charts a second time with "Blue Sky", a duet with Keith Urban, in 2010.

In 2014, West is competing on the 9th season of America's Got Talent, where she has advanced to the finals round.

Biography[edit]

West, the youngest of four children, was born in Waterloo, Iowa. In July of 1994 her parents took her to Bird-On-Fire Recording Studio in West Union, Iowa where studio owner Doug Koempel worked with her producing four demos: "Sweet Dreams", "Piece Of My Heart", "Higher Love" and "Me And Bobby McGee." She moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 2000 following her graduation from Waterloo West High School in hopes of achieving her goals of becoming a country music singer.[4] West soon signed a deal with a publishing company in Nashville, Warner-Chapell. West was then signed to Capitol Records Nashville when producer Mike Dungan listened to her demo tapes.[5] One of her first appearances was as a background vocalist on Chely Wright's 2005 album The Metropolitan Hotel.[6]

Capitol released a self-titled EP December 11, 2007 to the iTunes music store. In early 2008, West was featured in People Magazine and completed a media tour for her debut single, "Rocks in Your Shoes".[7] "Rocks in Your Shoes" peaked in the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in early 2008. The song received a "thumbs up" rating from The 9513 critic Jim Malec, who called it "a fun-but-gritty up-tempo that exudes confidence and perfectly frames her music."[8] A second single, "That Kind of Happy" was released in April 2009 and failed to enter the chart.

West appeared on Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? on September 25, 2009, winning $25,000. In January 2010, West released a duet with labelmate Keith Urban titled "Blue Sky." The song debuted at No. 53 on the Hot Country Songs chart for the week of February 23, 2010. Roughstock gave the song 4½ stars out of 5,stating that "'Blue Sky' is already a contender for one of 2010's best singles."[9] It spent thirteen weeks on the charts and peaked at No. 38.

Emily appeared in the April 18th, 2010 episode of Celebrity Apprentice, as the "music make-over" target for the women's team led by Cyndi Lauper. Lauper won the challenge and as a result West donated 100% of the first month of iTunes sales of her song "Blue Sky" to the Stonewall Community Foundation, Lauper's charity.

She appeared in the January 10th, 2012 "Shades of Blue" episode on Body of Proof on ABC. She played a drug addict trying to make it in the music business. She sings her single "Head On" at the end of the episode.

America's Got Talent[edit]

In 2014, West competed on the 9th season of America's Got Talent, advancing to the finals.[10]

Episode Theme Song choice Original artist Order Result
Audition Auditioner's Choice "Sea of Love" Phil Phillips N/A Advanced
Judgement Week N/A "You Got It" Roy Orbison N/A Advanced
Top 48 Quarterfinals "Chandelier" Sia 9 Advanced
Top 24 Semifinals, Part 1 "Who Wants to Live Forever" Queen 12 Advanced
Top 12 Top 12 "Nights in White Satin" The Moody Blues 10 Advanced

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Country US Heat US Indie US Folk
Emily West
I Hate You, I Love You
  • Release date: December 29, 2011
  • Label: Emily West
41 9 41 7
Rocket Science
  • Release date: June 24, 2014
  • Label: Yellow Brick Road Records
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Country US Bubbling
[11]
CAN
2008 "Rocks in Your Shoes" 39 Emily West (EP)
2009 "That Kind of Happy" N/A
2010 "Blue Sky" (with Keith Urban) 38 4 97
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2008 "Rocks in Your Shoes" (road video)
"Rocks in Your Shoes" Stephen Shepherd
2009 "O Holy Night"
2010 "Blue Sky"

References[edit]

  1. ^ 20 Questions With Emily West, By Jim Malec | ,April 24th, 200, The 9513
  2. ^ http://www.lyrics.net/lyric/13990107
  3. ^ "Birthdays". Country Weekly 17 (28): 58. 
  4. ^ Neal, Chris (2008-04-21). "Who's New: Emily West". Country Weekly 15 (8): 13. 
  5. ^ "Emily West Biography". Capitol Records Nashville. Retrieved 2008-04-04. 
  6. ^ The Metropolitan Hotel (Media notes). Chely Wright. Dualtone Records. 2005. 80302-01200-2. 
  7. ^ "2 Music Geeks' Podcast 13: Lucky—Featuring Emily West". www.2musicgeeks.com. Retrieved 2008-05-12. 
  8. ^ Malec, Jim (2008-02-19). "Emily West - "Rocks in Your Shoes"". The 9513. Retrieved 2008-10-08. 
  9. ^ Emily West (Featuring Keith Urban) - "Blue Sky", By: Matt Bjorke, Last Updated: March 23, 2010, Roughstock
  10. ^ Simmer, Alan. "West through to Talent finals", Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier, September 11, 2014
  11. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 962. ISBN 0-89820-188-8. 

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