Dallas singer-songwriter Emmeline doesn’t shy away from the theatrical aspects of pop music, choosing to embrace the often operatic nature of the genre and to explore these dramatic landscapes with an open ear and an equally open heart. From a young age, she developed an affinity for music and would learn the piano at age 4. She made her illustrious debut orchestrating a group of stuffed animals in her living room and became to write songs when she was 11.
An innate confidence and drive led her to enroll at Scripps College in California, where she studied voice, piano and music theory – and came away with a Bachelor of Arts in general music. She continued to explore her piano pop instincts, drawing on her extensive classical training and the work of artists such as Ani DiFranco, Billy Joel and Carole King for inspiration.
She’s spent years sharpening her musical skills performing in venues such as Dallas’s legendary Opening Bell Coffee, the House of Blues and Poor David’s Pub. Her soulful and bittersweet sounds have earned her a devoted following, and following the release of her acoustic debut EP, “Early Morning Hours,” in 2010, she began to expand upon her own pop compulsions, crafting a dramatic pop perspective that appreciates the value of both optimism and melancholia. She will release her latest record, “Rise,” on March 15.
On her latest single, “Superheroes,” she fashions an earnest piano-pop ballad with an undercurrent of indie rock gravitas which focuses on personal resilience and empowerment in the face of overwhelming struggles. A potent brew of strings, piano and Emmeline’s own soaring vocals tumbles together to push back the harshness of our everyday reality. It’s a song so sincere and optimistic that it feels incongruous with the cynicism that so rampantly floods through modern music. Eventually bombastic percussion and electric guitars light up the sky above her piano, offering an energetic parallel to the more emotional pop-centric arrangements that wind naturally around her voice.