Musical Vanguards Series presents Emmaline at Dairy Arts Center
Though still in the early stages of her blossoming career, 24-year-old vocalist, violinist, and songwriter, Emmaline, has accomplished an impressive laundry list of achievements.
From being featured in top music publications such as Rolling Stone and American Songwriter to performing as the opening act for 10-time-GRAMMY winner Chaka Khan on her first-ever US tour, this Cincinnati-based, independent artist captivates the hearts of all who hear her smoky, jazz-infused, genre-fluid voice. Her songs are bold in statement and soft in feel, her flow supple and precise. She prides herself in being one who has listened with deep intention to her heroes—Anita O’Day and Billie Holiday, Erykah Badu and D’Angelo—and has already learned to rise above questions of category with a healthy sense of musical identity and forethought.
“I consider myself a jazz singer,” Emmaline says. “I have been singing jazz my entire life—I studied it and I think that there is a place for me in the jazz world. Whether my music is strictly jazz I cannot say and in fact, would rather not. To me, jazz is art, not a set of rules.”