L.A.-based singer-songwriter Emily James has always found herself drawn to music; the way that emotion can be transposed through melody and lyrics, and how music can bring people together through stories. This means of connection inspired James to delve into her own storytelling, hoping to reach others through reflective lyrics and heartfelt melodies.
James began her musical journey when she was growing up just north of New York City in a household where she remembers music – from Billy Joel and Stevie Wonder to musicals and folk music – was always playing. She began taking piano lessons when she was five years old, and, within a couple of years, turned from playing classical music, to teaching herself the music she loved to listen to. By the time she was ten, she was writing her own songs.
After her sophomore year of high school, James moved to Nashville to be surrounded by the songwriting community and inspiring atmosphere of Music City. Before long, James recorded her first EP, Emily James with Grammy-winning producers Ian Fitchuk and Jacquire King.
In 2017, James headed west, relocating to Los Angeles. She’s released several projects, including her studio album, Til the Morning, recorded in a converted barn with Seattle-based producer, Ryan Hadlock. She switched gears for her 2019 EP, Dreaming, writing, recording and producing much of the project in her bedroom.
For her forthcoming EP, Wanted You to Know, part i, James weaves vocal harmonies into the instrumentation of the tracks, keeping the music dynamic, while maintaining her introspective pop sensibilities. The EP, set for release in February 2021, gives us a vivid look into James’ meditations on the past, experiencing the present moment, and looking forward to how she hopes the future looks.