Inspired by artists like Sara Bareilles, Sia, Grace Potter and Lana Del Rey to influences from hip-hop, indie and rock music, Emily has created a unique sound of her own. With a soulful voice and indie pop sound, Emily writes from a place of vulnerability and emotional experience, “To me, if you’re able to have a voice that people listen to in this world, you might as well say something meaningful,” she explains. Her songs touch on her own encounters with complicated relationships, controversial themes, growing into herself, and a general undertone that life is not black and white. As Paul Liberatore from the Marin IJ wrote in July 2013 of Emily’s music, “As a songwriter, she's blessed with a rare talent for melody and a knack for writing catchy hooks, qualities that are valuable commodities in pop music.”
In an attempt to develop her production skills as well, Emily put together a small studio in her bedroom, where she learned how to create demos of her own music. In Aug. 2013, she was selected to perform at the IES Festival, an Indie Music conference in LA. In 2014, Emily moved down to LA to pursue her career further and worked with Grammy-nominated producer Ben Briggs on developing her music. Since moving to Southern California, Emily has continued to build her catalogue of original music and perfect her skills at production. After taking some time to find her sound, she is now starting to release some of her newest music for fans to enjoy.
After college, Emily began concentrating more on her songwriting skills, learning and collaborating with other musicians and songwriters. A friend and mentor, Eric Holljes (talented singer, songwriter and keyboard player for the band Delta Rae), worked with Emily to bring her songwriting to the next level. She entered into several West Coast Songwriter competitions, where she went on to win two ‘Best Performance’ Awards and one ‘Best Song’ Award in separate Bay Area chapters of the organization. Emily recorded 6 original songs for her EP ‘Afterglow’ in Spring of 2012, featuring Miles Schon, son of Journey’s guitarist, Neal Schon. One of her songs, "Get Out" from her EP was featured on San Francisco's renowned radio station, KFOG 104.5FM throughout the month of august for their local scene month. The song was also featured on KFOG's local scene CD 9, where all proceeds went to music in schools. In October of 2012, Emily performed a segment of original music for Bay Area local TV Channel 22, KRCB, which aired live several times that month.
In her college years at UC Santa Barbara, Emily not only auditioned and became a member of the only co-ed a cappella group at her school for 4 years, but she continued writing and performing her own music outside of the group. She was selected to open for artists Lissie and Jason Reeves through multiple competitions at her school and after college opened for the band Delta Rae. She also won a competition to open for youtube star Tyler Ward in San Francisco.
Beginning when she was only 3 years old, Emily Rath found joy in song. Growing up with a talented musical father who encouraged her love for singing, she participated in musicals, choruses and a cappella groups all throughout her childhood and young adult years. Emily started taking piano lessons in elementary school and by 16, she began writing her own music. She started performing originals at small venues, festivals, showcases and often collaborated on shows with her Father.
-Performing with Bil Hager (bass) and Jake Alexander (drums) at the KFOG local scene showcase at the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley
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