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“If you know anything about Emily Merrell, you know she has a lot to say. But when she says it, she’ll express it with just the right amount of passion, beauty, color and artistry. If you don’t know anything about Emily Merrell, you should.” – SLUG Magazine

Emily’s latest record “The Hallowed Wide” is an enchanted guide through the sacred enigma of intimacy and connection, imagined as a bewitching fog-covered canyon. “We enter in mystery. We pass through nightmares and dreams—shedding faults and gathering wisdom along the way—to finally exit in vivid illumination.”

Starting on August 17, Emily will be releasing these 12 songs as singles, one per month over the next year, with the final track landing late in 2022.

Looking back a little farther, Emily’s sophomore album “Masks” (2020) 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.”

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Currently based near Salt Lake City, Utah, Emily performs with her original band, and is the lead vocalist and producer/booking agent for the International Artists League affiliate, Diamond Empire Band, with bookings all around the Intermountain West. Emily owns and operates EM Vocal Studio in Lehi, UT, and also teaches Commercial Voice at Utah Valley University. She takes great pride in building creative confidence and cultivating marketable skills with developing artists of all ages.

Additionally, Emily finds a labor of love in her original podcast, “Artifice,” wherein she interviews professional artists about the origins and development of their creativity, the logistics of life as an “artpreneur,” and their strategies for blending vulnerability with veneer as they cultivate creative resilience. Emily is also thrilled to be serving as Co-Director of the brand new, Utah-based nonprofit Calliope: Radical Art by Radical Humans—with a mission to make radical, intersectional art regularly available to all Utahns.

Emily’s debut album “Embark” (2012) is a beautifully crafted collection of dreamy and dramatic modern-jazz compositions, delivered with equal parts sincerity and polish. “Embark” is captivating in its elegant modernity and tender familiarity alike, brimming with ethereal color palettes, and graceful textures. In the spring of 2013, Emily received a prestigious international Downbeat award in the Original Composition category for her piece, “Ondine’s Dance.” Emily was also selected as a winner of the International Jazz Education Network Composition Showcase in 2012 and had the immense pleasure of performing her original composition “Secret,” at the JEN conference in Louisville, Kentucky, accompanied by several members of the outstanding Alan Baylock Jazz Orchestra

Having completed a Master of Music in Jazz Performance from the world-renown University of North Texas, Emily is a well-rounded and confident vocalist, composer, arranger, and educator with extensive skills in theory, improvisation, research, pedagogy, and vocal physiology. Emily lives with her husband Andrew and their greyhound Bear in the home of their dreams, where she loves to challenge her creativity with cooking and design. Emily is known for her extraordinary time management skills, candid professionalism, and immovable desire to empower everyone she meets.

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Emily Merrell’s lush pop fusion is dreamy on the surface, with layers of symbolism and sophistication glimmering below. Inspired by a fascination with our human tendency to pose, posture, and conceal, Emily’s sophomore album “Masks” (2020) explores themes of disguise and disclosure through jazz-infused, cinematic soundscapes. More recently, Emily has been interested in the brighter sides of human connection, and is set to release a new body of work late in 2021.

Currently based near Salt Lake City, Emily finds a labor of love in her original podcast “Artifice,” and is thrilled to be serving as Co-Director of the brand new, Utah-based nonprofit Calliope: Radical Art by Radical Women.

Emily performs with her original band, is the lead vocalist and producer for the International Artists League affiliate “Diamond Empire Band”, owns and operates EM Vocal Studio, and teaches Commercial Voice at Utah Valley University.

Just after completing her Master of Music in Jazz Performance from the world-renown University of North Texas, Emily released her debut album “Embark” (2012) earning international recognition for her compositions “Secret” and “Ondine’s Dance.”

Emily loves nothing more than to challenge her creativity, building beauty in the process.

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Credit: Jen Palmer – Photography | Shawna Turner – Hair, Makeup, and Styling


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Credit: Jen Palmer – Photography | Shawna Turner – Hair, Makeup, and Styling