|Birth name||Emily Marie Nemmers|
|Born||July 9, 1981|
|Origin||Waterloo, Iowa, U.S.|
|Years active||2007 – present|
|Labels||Capitol Nashville (2007-2010)
Sony Masterworks (2014-present)
|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.
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. 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. One of her first appearances was as a background vocalist on Chely Wright's 2005 album The Metropolitan Hotel.
2007-2012: Music and television
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". "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." 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." It spent thirteen weeks on the charts and peaked at No. 38.
Emily appeared in the April 18, 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 10, 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.
2014-present: America's Got Talent
Performances & results
|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 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|
Brand New Choice
"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|US Country||US Heat||US Indie||US Folk|
|I Hate You, I Love You||
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|US Country||US Bubbling
|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|
|2012||"Cross My Heart"||—||—||—||GCB: Music from Season One|
|2014||"Made for the Radio"||—||—||—||N/A|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|2008||"Rocks in Your Shoes" (road video)|
|"Rocks in Your Shoes"||Stephen Shepherd|
|2009||"O Holy Night"|
- 20 Questions With Emily West, By Jim Malec | ,April 24th, 200, The 9513
- "Birthdays". Country Weekly 17 (28): 58.
- Neal, Chris (2008-04-21). "Who's New: Emily West". Country Weekly 15 (8): 13.
- "Emily West Biography". Capitol Records Nashville. Retrieved 2008-04-04.
- The Metropolitan Hotel (Media notes). Chely Wright. Dualtone Records. 2005. 80302-01200-2.
- "2 Music Geeks' Podcast 13: Lucky—Featuring Emily West". www.2musicgeeks.com. Retrieved 2008-05-12.
- Malec, Jim (2008-02-19). "Emily West – "Rocks in Your Shoes"". The 9513. Retrieved 2008-10-08.
- Emily West (Featuring Keith Urban) – "Blue Sky", By: Matt Bjorke, Last Updated: March 23, 2010, Roughstock
- Simmer, Alan. "West through to Talent finals", Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier, September 11, 2014
- Thompson, Gayle (November 10, 2014). "Emily West Signs New Record Deal, Plans Digital Release". The Boot. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
- Betts, Stephen L. (October 30, 2014). "Emily West Inks Label Deal for New Album". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
- Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 962. ISBN 0-89820-188-8.