Emily knows she has been a hard case for the industry to define. “I’m a Jessica Rabbit/Tom Waits kinda-something,” she says. “I love hearing beautiful melodies telling me horrible things. I wear my heart on my sleeve. Judy, Barbara, Patsy, Rufus Wainwright, Antony & the Johnsons. I love to interpret a song. I love to sing stories.”
In 2014 she made the decision to try out for America’s Got Talent. “I thought maybe if I audition in front of the world, I could save time and see where it takes me,” she says. It was a wise decision. Emily excelled on the national stage and came in second in the competition — a result she hopes will allow her to play to the breadth of audience she’s always wanted and to take them with her on this exciting journey.
Emily made her Grand Ole Opry debut in 2008 and continues to make Opry appearances.