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Emma-Lee, June 2014
|Born||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Occupation(s)||singer, songwriter, photographer|
|Instruments||vocals, guitar, piano|
Emma-Lee is a Canadian pop singer, songwriter and photographer from Toronto, Ontario. She is considered a mezzo-soprano and is a self-taught vocalist. She has written hit songs for other artists in both the pop and country genres.
Never Just a Dream
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."
- 2009: Never Just a Dream (Bumstead Records)
- 2012: Backseat Heroine (eOne Music Canada)
- 2017: Fantasies: Volume 1 (Special Agent)
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|2011||"Shot In The Dark"||—||—||—||—|
|2014||"What Would Tom Petty Do"||—||—||—||9|
|2015||"All The Way"||—||—||—||—|
|2016||"It Won't Be Christmas"||—||4||—||"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
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."
- 2012, co-winner ROKKY Award for "Best Album" 
- 2010, Emma-Lee's song "Until We Meet Again" from the album Never Just a Dream won in the 9th annual Independent Music Awards as "best love song".
- "Boomerang" in Syfy's Wynonna Earp
- "All The Way" in CBC's Hello Goodbye
- "Flow" in Degrassi: The Next Generation, CBC's The Border and Bomb Girls
- "Pick Me Up, Dust Me Off" in CBC's Heartland - performed by Carleton Stone
- "Never Just a Dream" in CBC's 18 to Life and Alias (TV Series)
- "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, 2014 feature film The Scarehouse
- "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 "Let Me Prove It To You" by Steve Strongman (2014)
- 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)
Songwriting Credits (Selected Discography)
- "Toronto singer Emma-Lee ready for her close-up". thestar.com. 2009-03-01. Retrieved 2011-08-12.
- "Emma-Lee Never Just a Dream Review". awmusic.ca. Retrieved 2012-06-21.
- Carter, Kern (Spring–Summer 2013). "Emma-culate" (PDF). Boss Magazine: 54–55. Retrieved 2015-02-04.
- "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.
- Heldman, Linda (21 November 2016). "Christmas Comes Early For Emma-Lee". Canadian Beats Media. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
- "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.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-11-13. Retrieved 2013-11-13.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- "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