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 jangly, 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 unleashed a handful of singles, including “Go to the Moon,” “Dance in the Kitchen,” “Windshield,” a cover of Joe South’s 1969 Grammy-winning hit “Games People Play,” and “Love’s Gonna Find You.” Her debut EP, “The Heart,” was released in October 2020 to great critical acclaim, and its title track stayed in the Top 10 of Spotify’s New Boots playlist for several weeks. With each release, Emily has been gaining momentum with country music fans and the industry alike, receiving praise from CMT, Billboard, Rolling Stone, Music Row, SiriusXM, The Boot, American Songwriter, All Access, and others.
“There’s a fresh new voice in country music, Emily Rose, and I really like her new EP; it’s called ‘The Heart’,” 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, and with her parent’s approval, Emily packed her bags and 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. Indeed, she remains an independent artist, with Symphonic handling all digital distribution of her music.
Though a pandemic dominated 2020, that did not stop Emily from setting up 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. At the time of the single’s release, Emily said, “We are all dealing with so, so much these days. We are staying indoors, isolated from others, and yes, spending a lot of time in the kitchen. I felt we could all use a fun, upbeat song right about now.”
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.
Looking ahead, Emily is excited about the prospect of touring again—something that was thwarted in 2020. “I’m looking forward to connecting, again, with fans, face-to-face in live concert settings,” 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.”
Cue “Go to the Moon,” an inspiring tale of determination, fearlessness, and mindfulness—wherein Emily sings, “I take my chances/I’m a little bit reckless/This fire burning/It just won’t go out/I see the top and/I wanna go get it/Maybe it’s crazy that I won’t back down.”
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