emily cavanagh

emily cavanagh

 New York City, New York, USA

a combination of jazz and folk, Emily Cavanagh is a songwriter with an indie pop sensibility that makes her commercially appealing, though all the while unique. Her sound is soulful, her lyrics profound, and her songs full of unwavering charm and wit. An unspeakably beautiful voice.


Somehow in this world, there occasionally surfaces an instrument of expression that is so clear, so passionate and universal, that it tickles that place in the human heart that stays oblivious to the bedlam outside. An instrument: this time around, a voice. And this voice belongs to Emily Cavanagh.

Emily -- born to a large Irish family in Chicago and now living amongst the doers and dreamers of Brooklyn -- has an ebullient vocal style that reminds one of Regina Spektor or Ingrid Michaelson, sprinkled with the velvety aplomb of Norah Jones. Emily writes songs from and about the heart: its triumphs, its wars, its strange resilience. These lyrics flow with the elegant washes of piano chords. That’s right -- this chanteuse also plays piano. Effortlessly.

The enigma of the stunning blonde with the instinctive stage presence and voice has begun to hypnotize New York City. In just a few years, she boasts a loyal and dedicated fanbase, who come to see her at legendary venues such as City Winery, The Living Room, The Bitter End, the Bowery Electric and several others, proving herself among the sensations of the hip, decadent Lower East Side. Her 2008 self- titled debut EP was critically well received, earning Emily praise at the tender age of 24. Her follow-up, 2010’s "More Than This," recorded in the historic Brill building, is a self-produced 10-track journey through passionate narratives, lilting emotion and expert storytelling. This girl has seen some things and it’s obvious. Co-written with her piano player and friend, Nir Sadovnik, More Than This showcases the gravelly influence of traditional folk music that holds court with her intrinsic jazz roots from Chicago. It also features some heavy hitters in the NYC music scene including Frank Wagner, Jeremy Zmuda, Tim Luntzel( of "Bright Eyes" and Roseann Cash), O’Dell Davis, Nicholas Cassarino, and Matthew Szemela.

Respected music blog Crushing Krisis noted, “There’s the kind of stage presence where this gifted girl is drawing us in instead of pushing herself out. There is something about her spirit that reveals itself in her music.” For instance, on "More Than This," fans can pick up on the indie-pop sensibility with which Emily writes the brighter tunes, where the melodies are as warm as her infectious laugh, yet subsequently dip into moods of milky yearning and resignation with “Que Sera, Sera,” a cover of the song made popular by Doris Day in 1956 and an example of Emily’s ability to truly make a song her own.

Adding to the depth of an already uncommon musical reverie, when not recording or performing, Emily is a dedicated social worker, working with homeless New Yorkers living with HIV, advocating art and expression as a saving grace. Emily is currently in talks with producers to have her music licensed for film and television, and has partnered with PapaLove Productions to shoot a series of videos of her most popular works. Catch her while you can, because this songbird is set to fly.

-Clara Rose Thornton, Music Journalist


"Emily Waiting" 2008 available on Itunes
"More than This" 2010 available on Itunes

contact: emmycav@yahoo.com

Set List

set list:

1) "On Down the Line" (Original tune featuring piano, guitar, bass, drums, vocals)

2) "Come Here" (Original tune featuring piano, bass, drums, vocals)

3) "Don't Forget the Girl" (Original tune featuring piano, guitar, bass, drums, vocals)

4) "That's All" (cover of Genesis tune featuring piano, guitar, bass, drums, vocals)

5) "Maeve" (Original tune featuring piano, guitar, bass, drums, vocals)

6) "So it Goes" (Original tune featuring piano and vocals ***

7) " Last to Leave" (Original tune featuring piano, bass, drums, viola, vocals)

8)"Moonshine" (Original tune featuring guitar, bass, drums, vocals)

9) "Girl from the North Country" (cover of Bob Dylan featuring guitar, piano, bass, drums, vocals)

Band: vocals, piano, guitar, bass, violin, drums