February 12, 2016 by 1888media
Armed with a powerful voice, 17-year-old singer/songwriter Em Rossi displays a soul-based sound and story-telling ability extraordinary in one so young. “I’ve always lived my life internally, walking my own path and music has been my outlet to express who I am.”
Raised in a Bay Area home filled with love, laughter, art, music and travel, Em enjoyed the support of her tight-knit family of four. She shared a special passion for music with her dad. Em’s dad, a talented amateur musician who also painted, drew and wrote in addition to being an innovative architect, was her spark plug. He encouraged his talented, but shy daughter as she began to navigate a professional career. Em began recording in the studio at age 14. One year later, as she was finishing her first set of songs, he suddenly and unexpectedly passed away.
Far too soon, the girl who harmonized and riffed with her dad was now facing an unimaginable loss. Her tight family unit shattered in an instant. After many dark and difficult months, Em’s mom stepped up and encouraged, supported and began guiding her. With her dad’s muse living inside her and her mom by her side, Em found the strength to begin again.
She now fills her empty spaces with heartfelt lyrics and newfound emotion… with a voice that is stronger and more forceful than ever before.
The juggling of her teenage years as a singer/songwriter with a rigorous approach to high-scoring academics has proved a powerful cathartic and a light at the end of the tunnel. Cutting an album in high school called for surreal levels of focus — Em’s particular mix of self-containment, constancy, discipline, expression, fun and focus.
Em’s jazzy, haunting vocals make listeners stop and feel. Producer Jim McGorman, known for his work with Avril Lavigne, Michelle Branch, and Cassadee Pope, worked with Em on her forthcoming self-titled debut album.
Deep and soulful, the album is a stunningly complex and sophisticated first release. Em weaves a unique blend of retro soul with Coldplay pop.
Her compelling sound is equal parts Adele, Fiona Apple and The Fray. Fearless chords of Motown, blues and jazz resonate on this album, enriched with a fusion of live horns and strings.
Jim says of his latest collaborator, “Em Rossi expresses a musical depth that is far beyond her seventeen years. She is a fearless artist, capable of taking you from melancholy to bliss in just over three minutes.”