Emily Saxe
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Emily Saxe

Encinitas, California, United States | INDIE

Encinitas, California, United States | INDIE
Band Pop Adult Contemporary


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1. KEEPING YOU IN MIND: released by PS Classics Records

Selected Print Reviews:

NY Times Review from Lincoln Center Performance
“Emily Saxe, a singer whose music blends the plaintive twang of Nashville into upscale chamber pop arrangements, makes a case for a refined hybrid style that is a sound unto itself…. Intelligent, meticulously phrased interpretations....”

National Public Radio
"..a must add for your CD collection."

Tucson Citizen
“Emily Saxe has one of the world’s most daringly intimate voices…. She can… whisper straight into your heart.”

Gannet Newspapers
“’....Rich music that expresses a grown-up vision of life and love….a great CD”

CNET music Editors Pick
“Plenty of lawyers talk about becoming artists. Most should probably stay lawyers. In the case of ex-attorney Saxe, there's nothing trite about “the calling.” “Keeping You in Mind” is a gorgeous roots-torch set…..”

CD Blog Reviews:
“Listening to Saxe sing…is like talking to an old friend over coffee…. Her…style brings new life to old favourites, making the songs her very own.”
Read the full review by Jordan Richardson

Girl Singers.com:
“Haunting…precise phrasing…smooth…. Ms. Saxe is very, very good…. Very highly recommended.”

Gannet Newspapers
“’....Rich music that expresses a grown-up vision of life and love….a great CD”

The tracks "Walk on By", "With Every Breath I Take", and "Invitation to a Dance" from Emily's latest release Keeping You in Mind have been played on over 80 radio stations in the United States and Canada, and are still in rotation.

Selected Radio Program Director and DJ Comments on Keeping You in Mind:

Radio Mike (Syndicated) -- "...[Emily Saxe's] latest is Alternative Jazz Pop with flourishes of Country, a delicious combination that never ceases to amaze us. She's even managed to snag the amazing Greg Leisz on a few tracks. When we don't think it can get any better, it actually does."

WTUL New Orleans -- "IT IS FABULOUS! Her voice is so voluptuous.
Everybody needs more Saxe & violins in their life. I'm crazy about the entire album!"

WQUB Chicago -- "Like it a lot, ?very mellow, worked out sound, almost Brazilian guitar sound in parts & hints of Jobim to it…Love it and have used all of it already."

KMUW Wichita -- "Outstanding voice."

CKXU Canada -- "#3 on our jazz charts last week, pretty cool CD"

WRHU New York -- "playing….GREAT FEEL"

WMVR Monroe -- "WOW!!"

KALA Davenport -- "playin it…lovin it…..great listener response"

WNTI New York/New Jersey -- "We love Invitation To A Dance, and would like to interview Emily."

Release 2. Broadway and All that Jazz - released by Tower Records Asia Distribution

-- this CD reached the Top-Ten on the jazz charts in Tower Record's Asian stores

Release 3. Whistling -- released by Tower Records Asia Distribution

-- this CD reached the Top-Ten on the jazz chars in Tower Record's Asian stores



Emily Saxe is an American artist whose music career has spanned the United States and Asia. The New York Times has described Emily as ".........a singer whose music blends the plaintive twang of Nashville into upscale chamber pop arrangements.....she makes a case for a refined hybrid style that is a sound unto itself."

Emily's band contains a very impressive cast of players, including David Piltch (kd lang, Norah Jones, Holly Cole) on acoustic bass, Greg Leisz (Joni
Mitchell, Brian Wilson, Shawn Colvin and countless others) on pedal steel and slide guitar, Jay Bellerose (Paula Cole, Cassandra Wilson,T Bone Burnett, Ani DiFranco) on percussion,and keyboardist Patrick Warren (Fiona Apple, Tracy Chapman, Sam Phillips), and Mark Goldenberg(Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, , Eels, Natalie Imbruglia, Chris Isaak, Willie Nelson) on electric guitars.

The result is a unique, sophisticated, upscale roots/country/pop sound that is loved by audiences and critics alike.

Emily has performed at top venues in the United States and Asia including Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Sydney Opera House, the Hong Kong Performing Arts Center, Jubilee Hall in Singapore, the Mesa Performing Arts Center, and the Portland Center for the Performing Arts.

“Music has always been a huge part of my life,” says Emily. “One of my relatives was a traveling musician in the late 1800’s (I still have his ‘portable’ pump organ!), my grandfather wrote a hit song with Johnny Mercer, and my mother is a fabulous classical jazz and classical pianist in her own right. I spent years studying classical and jazz piano, but what really drew me in was my mother’s sheet music collection; we basically had The Great American Songbook stacked on the family piano. I spent hours and hours losing myself in
those tunes, and I realized what I really wanted to do was sing.” And sing she did, performing every chance she got during high school and college at Yale, including playing piano bar. “Now there’s a real learning experience,” she laughs, “singing, playing piano and fending off drunks, all at the same time!”

After college, Emily switched directions, getting a law degree from Georgetown
and leaving singing behind. But in 1995, when Emily followed her husband to
Thailand, she finally decided to follow her heart. “If you’re really a musician, it just pursues you,” she says. “It never leaves your soul.” Emily released three CDs in that part of the world, each one her reinterpretation of legendary songwriters like the Gershwins, Harold Arlen, Rodgers & Hart, and others. And they ate it up from Australia to Japan, leading to performances at the Sydney Opera House and other top Asian venues, as well as to two of her albums going Top 10 in jazz in Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok. “I
never expected it, but Asia was a great place to restart my music career,” offers Emily. “I was fortunate enough to hook up with some great musicians, people loved my music, and I was able to perform at some fabulous venues and get to know a fascinating part of the world.”

Since her return to the U.S., Emily has been re-imagining herself. “I’ve spent the
last several years thinking, ‘What material do I want to do and what do I want it to sound like?’” The answer came when she hooked up with bassist David Piltch, who, along with arranging, writing and playing on many Holly Cole records, has also recorded and written songs with k.d. lang for more than a decade. Saxe and Piltch connected straight away, and it was this collaboration that led to the sound for this new album. “David basically said, ‘Get the piano out of the room.’ It was such a revelation,” Emily admits, “because I grew up playing the piano, my mother plays the piano, my grandfather played the piano.
David suggested I try a guitar-based sound, which was just a radical shift for me. It changed my whole approach, really softening everything and giving the songs a much more introspective feel. It gets me to the heart of the lyric in a different way.”