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"The ethos of Sully's [Pub in Hartford] is perhaps best summed up by the performance of Emily Morse. Waifish in appearance with an orb of curls atop her head, Morse is the unofficial poet laureate of Sully's, and her spirit fills the room. She freestyles to a heavy beat provided by [Billy] Megofna and Johnny Chang on drums. With eyes closed and head to the ceiling, it's equal parts fun, powerful, poetic and captivating." - Hartford Courant, July 25, 3004


LP-emilyis, self-title
EP-the whiskey saints, short attention span theatre
Compilations: Hartford Songwriters Collective and
Knowing is Positive HIV Awareness CD



emilyis is a poet and performance artist pushing the boundaries of lyricism by combining elements of poetry, hip hop, punk and folk into a sound that is innovative and diverse. With degrees in journalism and international affairs, emilyis has found in creative expression a form of abstract journalism, using performance as a medium to explore her political, sensual and intellectual inquiries. Combining freestyle and improvisation with written lyrics, and incorporating visual poetry, emilyis tries to bring passion and freedom into an experience that grabs the heart, the mind and the soul. With a belief that music is an essential unifying and uplifting agent, emilyis makes sure that every day and every night is life vocalized.

Likened to such artists as Bjork, Sade and Tricky, emilyis complements heavy beats with her melodic presence. Guest musicians have included cellist Ruben Kodheli, drummer Johnny Chang, guitarist Daniel Salazar and the East Hartford step team.

emilyis has been featured on tracks by dubstep artists Hellfire Machina and hip hop artists Filthy Kleene and Rustoes.