|Born||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Genres||pop folk alt-country jazz soul|
|Occupations||Guitarist, singer, songwriter, photographer|
|Instruments||vocals, guitar, piano|
Emma-Lee is a Canadian singer-songwriter, guitar player and photographer based in Toronto, Ontario.
Emma-Lee was born in Toronto, ON and grew up in Markham, ON.
Emma-Lee started playing guitar at 14 and credits her father for teaching her. She wrote her first full song at 16. From 16 to 20, she took a break from practicing music. She has never been formally vocally trained. At 20, DJs started asking her to sing on their tracks. Once she heard her recorded voice, she was determined to resume a career in music.
She released her debut album Never Just a Dream in 2008 to critical acclaim from the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail. The album was picked up by Bumstead Records and re-released on March 3, 2009. Her vocal style is frequently compared to k.d. lang, Norah Jones and Feist. No Depression magazine described Never Just a Dream as "an album so full of ideas and potential that it is hard to know how to properly frame a description of its contents. It is a collection of songs that is far more than the sum of its influences" and dubbed her "the voice to remember from 2009."
Emma-Lee's song "That Sinking Feeling" was featured as the single of the week on iTunes Canada.
On February 7, 2012, she released her long awaited second album Backseat Heroine, co-produced by Emma-Lee, Karen Kosowski and Marc Rogers. The album features collaborations with Nicole Atkins, Jill Barber and Luke Doucet. Most of the album was tracked at The Chalet, a studio near Uxbridge, Ontario. Backseat Heroine blends multiple musical genres including pop, country, soul and rock. According to her online biography, "Emma-Lee's goal was to make a record that lived and breathed in its own world and could cross genres while still being a soundscape that was complete from start to finish."
- "Shot in the Dark" (2009) Special Agent Records. Written by Emma-Lee and Karen Kosowski, produced by Karen Kosowski.
- "Until We Meet Again" (No Big Deal remix) (2009) Bumstead Productions.
Awards and nominations
-2013, her album Backseat Heroine won "Best Adult Contemporary Album" and the video for "Shadow of a Ghost" was nominated for "Best Short Form Music Video" for the 12th annual Independent Music Awards.
-2013, her album Backseat Heroine won the 12th annual Independent Music Awards Vox Pop Fan Choice Award for "Best Adult Contemporary Album" and the video for "Shadow of a Ghost" won the Independent Music Awards Vox Pop Fan Choice Award for "Best Short Form Music Video."
- "Flow" in Degrassi: The Next Generation, CBC's The Border and Bomb Girls
- "Never Just a Dream" in CBC's 18 to Life
- "That Sinking Feeling" in Tyler Perry's:Why Did I Get Married Too?
- "Shot In The Dark" in HBO's Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures, LifeTime's Dance Moms, promotional ad for FX's Wilfred
- "I Could Live With Dying Tonight" in NBC's Saving Hope and MTV's Teen Wolf
- "Shadow Of a Ghost" in Degrassi: The Next Generation
- "Figure It Out" in Beauty & the Beast
- "It Won't Be Christmas 'Til You're Here" in CBS' NCIS: Los Angeles - performed by Julie Crochetière
- sings backing vocals on the album "Rustbucket" by Sean Pinchin (2013)
- sings on "I Put a Spell On You" and "Ne Me Quitte Pas" on Jesse Cook's "The Blue Guitar Sessions" album (2012)
- sings a duet with country music artist Josh Macumber on his song "Tomorrow" (Josh Macumber Was Here, 2012)
- sings on "It Was You" by Peter Katz (Still Mind Still, 2012)
- sings on Jill Barber's song "Took Me By Surprise" (Mischievous Moon, 2011)
- sings on Rob Szabo's song "Something Like Me" (Rob Szabo, 2011)
- Emma-Lee co-wrote "What I Want" and "Pick Me Up, Dust Me Off" by Carleton Stone (Draws Blood, March 2014)
- Emma-Lee co-wrote "Lioness" by Kat Moscone (YTV The Next Star Season 6, 2013)
- Emma-Lee co-wrote "Goodbye Gravity" by Dante Scott (YTV The Next Star Season 6, 2013)
- Emma-Lee co-wrote "One More Light" by Alee (This Road Goes Everywhere, 2013)
- Emma-Lee co-wrote "Waiting For Wishes" by Steven Taetz (Steven Taetz, 2013)
- Emma-Lee co-wrote "Grain Of Sand" by Larra Skye (The Wishing Tree, 2013)
- Emma-Lee co-wrote "White Lies" by Lesley Pike (Tug of War, 2012)
- Emma-Lee co-wrote "Cabin Fever" and "Man Up" by Tia Brazda (Cabin Fever EP, 2012)
- Emma-Lee co-wrote "Sheets" by Carleton Stone (Carleton Stone, 2011)
- Emma-Lee co-wrote the single "Fall Apart" by Sabrina Carpenter (2011)
- Emma-Lee co-wrote the single "It Won't Be Christmas Til You're Here" by Julie Crochetière (2010)
- 2004: The Waiting Room (EP)
- 2005: The Sneak Peak (EP)
- 2009: Never Just a Dream (Bumstead Records)
- 2011: Shot In The Dark - SINGLE (Special Agent Records)
- 2012: Backseat Heroine (eOne Music Canada)
- "Toronto singer Emma-Lee ready for her close-up". thestar.com. 2009-03-01. Retrieved 2011-08-12.
- . bossmag http://www.bossmag.biz/documents/Boss-Spring-Summer-2013.pdf. Retrieved 2013-08-13. Missing or empty
- "Emma-Lee Never Just a Dream Review". awmusic.ca. Retrieved 2012-06-21.
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- "Gold Sprinkled Dream". Globe and Mail. 2012-12-19. Retrieved 2012-06-17.
- "Emma Lee's Never Just a Dream - Americana and roots music". No Depression. 2009-05-05. Retrieved 2011-08-12.
- "Album Review: Emma-Lee - Never Just a Dream | Music". ShowbizMonkeys.com. Retrieved 2011-08-12.
- "NOW Magazine // Music // EMMA-LEE". Nowtoronto.com. Retrieved 2011-08-12.
- Doug Heselgrave (2009-05-05). "Emma Lee's Never Just a Dream". No Depression.com. Retrieved 2012-06-21.
- "Free iTunes 2008 - MacRumors Forums". Forums.macrumors.com. Retrieved 2011-08-12.
- "Karen Kosowski Backseat Heroine Released". Retrieved 2012-06-17.
- "Emma-Lee To Release Backseat Heroine Out February 7th On Eone Music". Top 40.com. Retrieved 2012-06-17.
- "Raised on Radio Song of the Day". Raised on Radio. 2012-05-08. Retrieved 2012-06-17.
- "Biography". Emma-Lee Official Website. Retrieved 2012-06-17.
- "12th Annual Independent Music Awards". Retrieved 6 April 2013.
- "12th Annual Independent Music Awards". Retrieved 13 August 2013.
- Wright, Graham. "Vote now on the 2012 Bucky Award Short List". CBC Radio 3. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
- "Emma-Lee To Release Backseat". Top40.com. 2012-01-24.
- soundtrack, IMDB.com. Retrieved August 2011
- Whitfield, Lindsay. "Review of Emma-Lee's "The Waiting Room"". SoulShine. Retrieved 6 April 2013.