Emily Rose has a voice reminiscent of Emmy Lou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, and Natalie Maines. Hers is a voice that invites listeners in with every word sung. She is a retro-hued country singer, who focuses on the true grit of the songs she sings. Ask Emily who some of her favorite artists are and she reels off names like Patty Loveless, Wade Bowen, Linda Ronstadt, Charlie Rich, Lukas Nelson, and Grace Potter.
Since the 2019 release of her debut single, “My Way Home,” Emily has released two EPs, The Heart and Wings, along with a handful of singles, including “Go to the Moon,” “Dance in the Kitchen,” “Windshield,” “Hey Child,” and “Love’s Gonna Find You.” The title track of The Heart EP stayed in the Top 10 of Spotify’s New Boots playlist for several weeks, while “Version of Me” peaked at #56 on the MusicRow chart in late 2021. With each release, Emily has gained momentum with country music fans and the industry alike, receiving praise from CMT, Billboard, Rolling Stone, MusicRow, The Boot, American Songwriter, All Access, and others. Her version of the Lennon/McCartney chestnut, “Golden Slumbers,” is a fan favorite.
“There’s a fresh new voice in country music, Emily Rose, and I really like her new EP,” said NPR Music’s Ann Powers on the weekly show All Songs Considered.
Emily grew up in Flemington, NJ, where she was the youngest member of a Conway Twitty tribute band. “I was this little girl singing songs made famous by Conway Twitty,” says Emily, reflecting on her formative years. “I knew the songs from my parents, but really, I was too young to fully understand the words I was singing. Still, it was Conway Twitty!” Pausing for a few seconds, Emily adds, “That was such an important part of my life. It set me on my musical path.” Upon graduating high school in 2012, Emily moved to Nashville.
Arriving in the capital of country music at the age of 18, Emily’s mission was simple: write, write, write. “I focused on my songwriting, writing every day—which is something I still do. I write by myself as well as with many Nashville-based songwriters and artists,” explains Emily. Along the way, Emily signed with performance rights organization SESAC—and began honing her own sound as a recording artist.
In 2019, Emily launched her own label imprint, The Growing Rose Recording Company. She remains an independent artist, with Symphonic handling all digital distribution of her music.
Though the COVID pandemic dominated 2020 and 2021, Emily remained busy with virtual writing sessions and continuing to record. In the weeks leading up to the release of “Dance in the Kitchen,” Emily hosted weekly live Instagram events, Live in the Kitchen With Emily Rose. With the arrival of 2021, and the single “Love’s Gonna Find You,” Emily appeared on FOX5 morning show Good Day New York, where she was interviewed live, virtually, by host Rosanna Scotto, followed by a taped live performance of the single. Emily’s song, “My Way Home,” was featured in the PBS documentary, Fast-Forward: Look Into Your Future, while MTV licensed “Sunsets Are Pretty,” “The Heart,” and “Always Something” for several episodes of Teen Mom.
With the arrival of her first baby at the tail end of 2021, Emily took a break from live shows, and focused on being a mom, wife, and songwriter.
Now, with 2022 in full swing, Emily is laying down the foundation for her debut album, due next year. Additionally, she is looking forward to playing live. “I’m looking forward to connecting, again, with fans, face-to-face at shows,” she says. “I love the shared experience of playing live—and of seeing peoples’ reactions to the songs I sing.”
For Emily, it always comes down to the songs. “I don’t sing anything I cannot relate to,” she explains. “I am proud of who I am and want to show the world my true self. What really gets to me is when I can feel what a singer is feeling—that’s what I want people to feel when they hear me sing. And hopefully, my lyrics and songs will inspire one or two people along the way.”
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