Emma-Lee is a Canadian pop singer, songwriter and photographer based in Toronto, Ontario. She is considered a mezzo-soprano and is a self-taught vocalist.
Emma-Lee was born in Toronto and raised in Markham, Ontario. She started playing guitar at age 14 and credits her father for teaching her. She soon began writing her own songs.
She released her debut album Never Just a Dream in 2008 to critical acclaim from the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail. The album was picked up by Bumstead Records and re-released on March 3, 2009. Her vocal style is frequently compared to k.d. lang, Norah Jones and Feist. No Depression magazine described Never Just a Dream as "an album so full of ideas and potential that it is hard to know how to properly frame a description of its contents. It is a collection of songs that's far more than the sum of its influences" and dubbed her "the voice to remember from 2009."
Emma-Lee's song "That Sinking Feeling" was featured as the single of the week on iTunes Canada.
On February 7, 2012, she released her long awaited second album Backseat Heroine, co-produced by Emma-Lee, Karen Kosowski and Marc Rogers. The album features collaborations with Nicole Atkins, Jill Barber and Luke Doucet. Most of the album was tracked at The Chalet, a studio near Uxbridge, Ontario. Backseat Heroine blends multiple musical genres including pop, country, soul and rock. According to her online biography, "Emma-Lee's goal was to make a record that lived and breathed in its own world and could cross genres while still being a soundscape that was complete from start to finish."
- 2009: Never Just a Dream (Bumstead Records)
- 2012: Backseat Heroine (eOne Music Canada)
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|2014||"What Would Tom Petty Do"||—||—||—||9|
|2015||"All The Way"||—||—||—||—|
|2016||"Worst Enemy"||—||18||24||—||"—" denotes releases that didn't chart|
Awards and nominations
- 2014, won for best female vocalist in NOW Magazine's best of Toronto feature.
- 2013, her album Backseat Heroine won "Best Adult Contemporary Album" and the video for "Shadow of a Ghost" was nominated for "Best Short Form Music Video" for the twelfth annual Independent Music Awards.
- 2013, her album Backseat Heroine won the twelfth annual Independent Music Awards Vox Pop Fan Choice Award for "Best Adult Contemporary Album" and the video for "Shadow of a Ghost" won the Independent Music Awards Vox Pop Fan Choice Award for "Best Short Form Music Video."
- 2013, won for best female vocalist in NOW Magazine's best of Toronto feature.
- 2012, co-winner ROKKY Award for "Best Album"
- 2010, Emma-Lee's song "Until We Meet Again" from the album Never Just a Dream won in the ninth annual Independent Music Awards as "best love song".
- "Boomerang" in Syfy's Wynonna Earp
- "All The Way" in CBC's Hello Goodbye
- "Flow" in Degrassi: The Next Generation, CBC's The Border and Bomb Girls
- "Pick Me Up, Dust Me Off" in CBC's Heartland - performed by Carleton Stone
- "Never Just a Dream" in CBC's 18 to Life and Alias (TV Series)
- "That Sinking Feeling" in Tyler Perry's:Why Did I Get Married Too?
- "Shot In The Dark" in HBO's Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures, LifeTime's Dance Moms, promotional ad for FX's Wilfred, 2014 feature film The Scarehouse
- "I Could Live With Dying Tonight" in NBC's Saving Hope and MTV's Teen Wolf
- "Shadow Of a Ghost" in Degrassi: The Next Generation
- "Figure It Out" in Beauty & the Beast
- "It Won't Be Christmas 'Til You're Here" in CBS' NCIS: Los Angeles - performed by Julie Crochetière
- sings backing vocals on the album "Let Me Prove It To You" by Steve Strongman (2014)
- sings backing vocals on the album "Rustbucket" by Sean Pinchin (2013)
- sings on "I Put a Spell On You" and "Ne Me Quitte Pas" on Jesse Cook's "The Blue Guitar Sessions" album (2012)
- sings a duet with country music artist Josh Macumber on his song "Tomorrow" (Josh Macumber Was Here, 2012)
- sings on "It Was You" by Peter Katz (Still Mind Still, 2012)
- sings on Jill Barber's song "Took Me By Surprise" (Mischievous Moon, 2011)
- sings on Rob Szabo's song "Something Like Me" (Rob Szabo, 2011)
|You Don't Know How To Love Me, Shake!||Mike Todd||Good Man (album)||Independent|
|Live On Your Love||SATE||Red Black & Blue||CLK Creative Works|
|Crush||Madeline Merlo||Free Soul||Open Road Recordings|
|I'm So Over Getting Over You||Kira Isabella||Single||Sony Music Canada|
|Salt Water||Leah Daniels||What It Feels Like||Independent|
|A Little Bit Goes A Long Way||River Town Saints||Single||Open Road Recordings|
|Public & Come Back To Me||Reign||The Beginning EP||Independent|
|Only The Strong Survive||Alee||Single||Wax Records|
|Sawdust||Victoria Duffield||Accelerate||Warner Music Canada|
|You Carry Me||Ash & Bloom||Let The Storm Come||The Orange Lounge Recording Company|
|What I Want & Pick Me Up, Dust Me Off||Carleton Stone||Draws Blood||Groundswell Music|
|Lioness||Kat Moscone||The Next Star||Sony Music Canada|
|Goodbye Gravity||Dante Scott||The Next Star||Sony Music Canada|
|One More Light||Alee||This Road Goes Everywhere||Independent|
|Waiting For Wishes||Steven Taetz||Steven Taetz||Independent|
|U Turn||Angela Saini||Leap||Independent|
|Grain Of Sand||Larra Skye||Wishing Tree||Independent|
|Cabin Fever & Man Up!||Tia Brazda||Cabin Fever||Rebeluck Records|
|Sheets||Carleton Stone||Carleton Stone||Groundswell Music|
|Fall Apart||Sabrina Carpenter||Single||Independent|
|It Won't Be Christmas 'Til You're Here||Julie Crochetière||Single||Indie Soul|