Toronto-born singer & songwriter Emma-Lee splashed onto the Canadian music scene with her debut album “Never Just A Dream” in 2008. Released independently, the album garnered glowing reviews from the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail as well as landing her management and a recording contract. Her 2012 follow-up, “Backseat Heroine” was released through eOne Music Canada, and the first single “Not Coming By” yielded significant traction at CBC Radio 2, with the video for the second single “Figure It Out” added into heavy rotation on MuchMusic. The album was also named “Best Adult Contemporary Album” at the 12th annual Independent Music Awards. In 2013/2014 she was named “Best Female Vocalist” in NOW Magazine’s Best of Toronto reader’s poll for two years in a row.
Emma-Lee has toured Canada and beyond extensively. She’s performed at many high profile international showcases like SXSW in Austin, TX and MIDEM in Cannes, France. Her music has been featured in countless film & television shows such as SYFY’s “Wynonna Earp”, CBS’s “Beauty & The Beast”, NBC’s “Saving Hope”, MTV’s “Teen Wolf” and "Degrassi: The Next Generation" to name a few.
In 2016 Emma-Lee enjoyed her first taste of mainstream radio success with her single “Worst Enemy” reaching #18 on the Canadian AC Mediabase chart and #24 on the Hot AC chart. In December she released an original holiday single titled “It Won’t Be Christmas” that landed her first top 10, peaking at #4 on AC Canadian Billboard.
Emma-Lee's newest single "Not Giving Up On You" will be released June 23rd, 2017 and will be followed by a full length album this fall! Produced by Karen Kosowski and co-written in Toronto, Los Angeles and Nashville, the album is a collection of songs inspired by Emma-Lee's earliest musical memories of pop music from the 80s and 90s.
As a songwriter, Emma-Lee collaborates with artists in all genres. Most recently she’s co-written songs for Kira Isabella (I’m So Over Getting Over You), Michelle Treacy (Colours), River Town Saints (A Little Bit Goes A Long Way), Madeline Merlo (Crush), Leah Daniels (Salt Water), Alee (Only The Strong Survive) and many more, resulting in numerous singles on the top 40 chart.
Currently Emma-Lee divides her time between Nashville and Toronto, working on her third full length album as well as continuing to write with and for other artists.
"Toronto's best female vocalist!"
- NOW Magazine Readers Poll (2013 & 2014)
"Compelling and awe-inspiring. Amazing voice."
- Maverick Magazine UK
"A top shelf songwriter. She's destined for big things."
- The Toronto Star (**** 4/4)
"I'm a fan of Emma-Lee's lyrical work. But then there is the matter of using the voice in a sublime manner, on material worthy of such a tool. Here Emma-Lee thrives."
- The Globe & Mail
"Blessed with a voice that sounds powerful and fragile at the same time, Emma-Lee displays a subtlety and nuance in her phrasing that one usually associates with an older and more experienced singer. On every occasion Emma-Lee’s voice and intuitive understanding of musical dynamics rise to the challenge of the sophisticated arrangements she sings over. The most beautiful voice I have heard in recent memory."
- No Depression Magazine