Emm Gryner

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Emm Gryner
Emm Gryner belts out a tune.jpg
Emm Gryner in Waterloo, Ontario, 2005
Background information
Born (1975-06-08) 8 June 1975 (age 41)
Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Pop music, alternative rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, keyboard instruments
Labels Dead Daisy, Mercury
Associated acts Trent Severn, David Bowie, Hot One, The Cake Sale, Lawrence Gowan, Rob Zombie
Website www.emmgryner.com

Emm Gryner (born 8 June 1975 in Sarnia, Ontario)[1][2][3] is a Canadian singer-songwriter and occasional actress.


Emm Gryner is a Canadian musician, singer and occasional actor. She has been nominated 3 times for a Juno Award and 3 times for a Canadian Folk Music Award, twice with her Canadiana trio Trent Severn. Emm has released over 15 albums and has toured the world as a member of David Bowie's backing band from 1999-2000. Emm appears on albums by Def Leppard, Rob Zombie and David Bowie and in 2013, she collaborated with Space Station Commander Chris Hadfield on a version of "Space Oddity" for which she arranged the piano and coordinated production. The 2013 version of "Space Oddity" became the first music video ever shot in space. Emm holds an honourary diploma from Lambton College for Business Marketing and a Distinguished Alumni Award from Fanshawe College. In 2016, Emm Gryner made her official theatre debut in The Grand Theatre's production of "Joni Mitchell: River".


Gryner also collaborated with Larson in the band Hot One, which released an album that year. She is also a member of the collective The Cake Sale, along with Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol, Bell X1, Josh Ritter and Glen Hansard. The collective is featured on The Cake Sale, a multi-platinum-selling Irish album with proceeds to Oxfam’s Make Trade Fair.

Gryner contributes a song to the Una Healy album "The Waiting Game" (due 2017).

Other work[edit]

Gryner played the angel in the music videos of "The Grace" and "Age of Consent" by Neverending White Lights, and had a small but important role in One Week, a film by director Michael McGowan.

In the summers of 2007 and 2008, Gryner and Danny Michel co-hosted the radio show Under the Covers, a show about cover songs, on CBC Radio One.

Recognition by other musicians[edit]

Nelly Furtado named Gryner's album Science Fair one of her desert island discs in a VH1 interview, and David Bowie named Gryner and Godspeed You! Black Emperor his two favourite Canadian acts during a promotional interview for his Reality album. In the November 2006 issue of Q, celebrating the magazine's 20th anniversary, U2 frontman Bono recognized the track "Almighty Love" from Gryner's album The Summer of High Hopes as one of six songs that he wished he had written from the last twenty years of music.[4] The American indie band +/- covered the song "Summerlong" on the Japanese edition of their EP, Holding Patterns. The song "Angel" by Matt Nathanson is written about her.

Personal life[edit]

Gryner was married to visual artist Sean Odell from 2004-2016. They have two children together.[5]



  1. ^ "Emm Gryner / The Queen of Toronto". TheGATE.ca. Retrieved 2008-04-03. 
  2. ^ "Mayor's Honour List 2004" (PDF). City of Sarnia. Retrieved 2008-04-03. 
  3. ^ "Gryner, Emm". Jam!/Canoe. Retrieved 2008-04-03. 
  4. ^ The GATE - Emm Gryner gets a little love from U2's Bono
  5. ^ Plummer, Sean (6 September 2011). "Emm Gryner gets confessional on Northern Gospel", Canada MSN Entertainment. Retrieved 3 October 2011.

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