WELCOME

HEY YOU! IT’S GREAT TO SEE YOU HERE. LET ME SHOW YOU AROUND…

I’M A MUSICIAN—A SINGER AND A SONGWRITER. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, I’M A PERSON WHO LOVES STORIES THAT ARE BEAUTIFUL AND DREAMY ON THE SURFACE, and WHEN YOU START PULLING BACK THE LAYERS, YOU’LL KEEP FINDING MORE MEANING, NEW SYMBOLISM, AND GREATER DEPTH.

SO, THAT’S ALWAYS WHAT I’M TRYING TO DO WITH MY MUSIC, TOO. AND IF YOU’RE A PERSON WHO LOVES THAT SORT OF THING LIKE I DO, I’D LOVE TO WELCOME YOU INTO THIS BEAUTIFUL LITTLE WORLD I’VE BUILT TO HOST MY MUSIC AND MY STORIES, AND SHOW YOU WHERE ALL OF THE GEMS ARE HIDDEN.

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NEW RECORD COMING SOON...

Under delicate wraps for now, my third record (another concept album, of course) is set for release late in 2021. New sights and sounds will enter the scene early this summer, but for now there’s just this little clue…

Where “Masks” was honest and stark and real, this new body of work feels triumphant and hopeful. Where “Masks” was mostly my own stories, I think this work is all of ours.

"MASKS" DROPPED 5.8.20

Emily Merrell’s sophomore album “Masks” anchors somewhere between art pop and cinematic jazz fusion (Kate Bush meets Janelle Monae), weaving playful and evocative lyrics through colorful harmonies and energetic grooves.

Inspired by Emily’s fascination with our human tendency to pose, posture, and conceal, the project explores themes of disguise and disclosure: “Masks can be calculated or unconscious; liberating or constricting; subversive, strategic, coquettish, coercive, and everything is layered.”

“An intricate and beautiful account of the human experience, bursting at the seams with layers of sound and texture. There’s a song for every emotion on this album, and I think Merrell would say there’s a song for every “mask” you’re wearing on any given day. I think that the phrase “album release” is an understatement in this case, as there’s a whole digital world of art behind each song.” – SLUG MAGAZINE

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ARTIFICE PODCAST

Music is my primary mode of expression, but I’m simply not moved to write without inspiration, and “Artifice” is my homespun inspiration wellspring. It’s its own form of expression, certainly, but more than anything, it’s a cozy nest where my musical mind reliably gets an inspo boost.

“Artifice” is a conversation between me, and my fellow artists. Together, we peel back the layers of mystery surrounding our talents and skills, our beliefs about the origins and development of creativity, our muses, the logistics of life as an “artpreneur,” and our strategies for blending vulnerability with veneer as we cultivate creative resilience.

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WANT TO DIG DEEPER?

Prose is one of my most favorite ways to prep and process my music. I write to figure out what I most want to say in my songs, and I write to catalog the thoughts and feelings I had while making the music.

CHECK OUT THE BLOG FOR BEHIND-THE-SCENES TIDBITS, DEEP DIVE ESSAYS, CREATIVE EXPLORATIONS, AND MORE…

UPCOMING SHOWS

FRIDAY, MAY 21 – BACKYARD CONCERT (EMAIL EMILY FOR DETAILS)

FRIDAY, AUGUST 27 – UTAH ARTS FESTIVAL 5:15-6:00PM (uaf.org)

DON'T FORGET ABOUT YOUR WELCOME BASKET!

I’ve built a LOVELY virtual gift basket for all of my friends. It has all of my favorite goodies…

Once it arrives in your inbox, don’t forget to reach out and tell me about yourself. I’m excited to meet you!