Emily King is No “Ordinary” Musician
So, who is Emily King? Well, if you’re looking for a person so painfully talented it hurts your soul to know you’ll never stand on the same stage as them, you’ve come to the right place. She took a leap into the independent music realm after parting ways with J Records in 2008 and has no reason to ever look back.
Emily King is no musical novice – she earned herself a Grammy nomination with her debut album East Side Story – the 27-year-old New York native was surrounded by the joy of music her entire life. Her mother and father made up the dynamic jazz duo known as Kim and Marion and she has always dabbled in her own vocal talent by taking up shows in various venues throughout New York. The talented songstress has toured with the likes of John Legend, Floetry, Maroon 5, Alicia Keys, Chaka Chan, Erykah Badu, and Gnarles Barkley and is currently touring with the lovely and supremely talented Emeli Sande.
Fans have patiently waited for Ms. King’s music and she delivered with a seven track EP appropriated titled The Seven by in 2011. Each track, from “Down” to “Every Part” audaciously exposes the ins and outs of emotional uncertainty and instability. Emily King paints a picture of the fine line between shameful admissions of romantic failures to the pleasurable existence of insurmountable love; she does it all against the soft melodies she creates with jazz influences and tender guitars.
In May 2012, King released her new single “Ordinary Heart” which touches home for listeners of her EP. She does, however, show a tremendous growth in terms of instrumentals and lyricism. “Ordinary Heart” is layered in rich piano and the chiming cymbals that complement King’s warm choruses. “Ordinary Heart” is familiar without being overdone and holds true to her musical strength.
With the release of this single, King has fans anticipating a full album release by… hmm…years’ end (wink* wink* nudge* nudge*)? Until then, my fellow Philadelphians, you can catch Ms. Emily King on tour with Emeli Sande at the Theater of Living Arts, this Friday, January 19th. Be sure to hit up the ticket booth.