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Emilie Clepper

Austin, Texas, United States | INDIE

Austin, Texas, United States | INDIE
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"Bob Geldof tops off a great South By Southwest"

Perhaps best of all was the array of exciting young new talent, including France's sexy We Are Enfant Terrible, London's catchy The Pop Formidable and Montreal's compelling Emilie Clepper.

- Phillyburbs.com


"Best acts from SXSW 2011"

Montreal/Austin singer-songwriter — Playing the cavernous inside of Embassy Suites, her press material promised you will have a crush on Emilie by the end of the show. Holy crap, they were right" - Edmonton Sun


"Album reviews"

She’s just fantastic. I’m in love with her music! There’s a richness to the sound of this album and kind of an authenticity I think that will make people really take notice of the quality of the songwriting and the songs themselves, it’s just really really phenomenal. It really has a huge potential.” - CBC - CBC Radio


"Emilie Clepper at Montreal Jazz Festival 2010"

Half Texan and half Québécoise, Émilie Clepper was born into a musical family of singer-songwriters, with her father- acclaimed Texas songwriter Russell Clepper - hailed as her main influence, with a hint of Leonard Cohen, Kelly Joe Phelps and Paul Simon, blending various other American, Canadian and French folk influences into a style all her own. Her first album, the self-released Things May Come (2008) garnered much praise and won the hearts of thousands of new fans, with her smokey vocals, touching lyrics and soothing folk tones. Singing the joys and pain of life with a rare wisdom and maturity, - Montreal Jazz Fest


"Émilie Clepper: anglo pour l'indépendance"

On dit qu'elle est un des secrets les mieux gardés du Québec.
C'est encore vrai, mais plus pour très longtemps. Depuis qu'elle a lancé son premier disque en février 2008, la carrière d'Émilie Clepper suit une courbe ascendante. Sa réputation grandit lentement, mais sûrement grâce aux effets du bouche-à-oreille. On la compare à Ani DiFranco, à Martha Wainwright ou à Joanna Newsom. Ses concerts attirent de plus en plus. Et son album se vend régulièrement. Que ce soit en magasin ou sur I-Tunes, quelque 2000 exemplaires auraient déjà trouvé preneur...

Le plus étonnant, c'est que l'album en question (Things May Come) n'est toujours pas distribué officiellement! Par principe, la jeune folkeuse a décidé de faire les choses de façon totalement indépendante, sans l'aide d'une compagnie de disques. Une façon, dit-elle de «garder le contrôle» sur le résultat final et de faire ses preuves comme une grande (elle mesure 5'10'') sans l'aide de personne. «Avant d'aller voir une compagnie de disques, c'est bon d'être conscient de ce qu'on veut faire et de la manière dont on veut le faire», explique-t-elle au téléphone de Val-Bélair (région de Québec) où elle a établi sa résidence.

À 23 ans, Émilie Clepper semble décidément dans une classe à part. Cela s'explique en partie par son profil atypique, marqué par le mélange culturel. Son père, Russell Clepper, chanteur folk d'origine texane, a épousé une Québécoise d'origine suisse. Elle a grandi à Saint-Jean-Chrysostome, mais a vécu quelques années à Austin après avoir fini son secondaire. Fan de Dylan et de son papa, elle chante en anglais depuis toujours («un naturel»), mais sa base est ici. Du moins pour l'instant.


Émilie Clepper prépare son prochain album. Les chansons sont écrites. Ne reste plus qu'à trouver une équipe et une maison de disques. Parce que jouer les indépendantes, c'est bien beau, mais ça fatigue.

Ouverte aux propositions? Bien sûr. En autant que les offres concordent avec son système de valeurs. «Je ne suis pas pressée, conclut-elle. Les choses doivent se faire à leur rythme. J'ai étudié en horticulture. Je suis de ceux qui aiment regarder les plantes pousser. Il faut prendre le temps qu'il faut. Quand on met trop d'engrais, ce n'est pas mieux...»

- Jean-Christophe Laurence, LA PRESSE


"What the folk? to do in Montreal"

With her singing voice, you would expect Emilie Clepper to give into some sort of country - western music that is in touch with the strong tradition in Quebec. Rather, she brilliantly uses her instrument to bring a fresh and new tone to folk music. And that goes without mentioning her musical audacity. Listening to songs like 'Free she will go' will probably leave you unbalanced, and intrigued.

Emilie's music is lyrical, yet charming and pleasant to the ears. Go listen to her slightly nasal voice, and be subdued by her sound, until you cannot get enough of her - Montreal Folk Culture Examinerl, Guillaume Leclerc


"M For Montreal: Day 2, Part 1"

Emilie Clepper, on the other hand, was hands down one of my favorite performers of the festival. Apparently, she split her time between Austin, Texas and Montréal growing up and it shows. She plays endearingly quirky country-rock ballads that ably walk the line between sad and sweet. Her nasally vocal delivery recalls Joanna Newsom and while occasionally grating, her vocals largely compliment her songs quite well. - Mehan Jayasuriya, Pop Matters


"M for Montreal - Leonard Cohen Eats There"

Similarly stark and sweet was Emilie Clepper, a singer songwriter who split her time growing up between Texas and Quebec. With just a full bodied Les Paul for company, and the odd flourish of percussion from a friend, Clepper worked her way through a set of fingerpicking folk, country twang, and blues-y desert shuffles that sounded like Joanna Newson if she’d grown up in Nashville. Playing a late afternoon showcase at St. Sulpice as part of the M for Martini schmoozing session, Clepper’s songs made me want to put the vodka down and break out the bourbon.
While Couer de Pirate and Emilie Clepper were amongst my favorite acts musically, performance wise they were slightly sedate—more akin with rainy afternoons than rock and roll.
- by Kevin Pearson - PopMatters Events Editor


Discography

Albums:
WHAT YOU SEE (La Tribu/DEP-Universal, 2011)
THINGS MAY COME (2008).

Airplay tracks:
Things may come
Time
Wearing you
No Use In Trying

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Bio

Of Quebecois and Texan extraction, young folk singer Emilie Clepper releases her second album entitled What You See, a set of songs about the countries residing in her heart, recorded live in the studio with her accomplice, talented multi-instrumentalist Joe Grass.

Emilie Clepper’s new album features a finely mastered roots sound highlighting her warm and nuanced vocals, in keeping with the tradition of folk singers/songwriters singing with all their body and soul. Emilie shares her folk roots with her Texan family: she inherited this musical legacy, which she embodies with authenticity and personality, from her father Russell Clepper.

What You See truly represents a unique musical proposition. The project was skillfully spearheaded by Emilie and her close collaborators, makers of a sincere album that will move you on your first listen.

Remarkable talent, beautiful maturity, moving songs. Emilie Clepper: an artist worth discovering on record and on stage.

LIVE:
SXSW March 2011
Montreal Jazz Festival - July 2-3 2011 at MAC
Festival d'été de Québec - July 9th at Imperial (with The Low Anthems)

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