Emma Cook

Emma Cook

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
SoloAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

2016 FACTOR Juried Sound Recording recipient Emma Cook combines a powerful voice reminiscent of Sarah McLachlan with the song stylings of Feist and dreamy pop production that would fit on a playlist with Hannah Georgas, Jenn Grant, Stars or Lights.

Biography

2016 FACTOR Juried Sound Recording recipient Emma Cook combines a powerful and haunting voice reminiscent of Sarah McLachlan with the song stylings of Feist or Jenn Grant. She also knows what it means to struggle. The Toronto indie-folk singer was well on her way to making a name for herself before a falling tree branch caused a serious head injury and forced her to take a hiatus from music to focus on recovery. After a three year battle with Post-Concussive Syndrome, Emma drew 2016 to a close with the release of her third album ‘Same Old Song, produced by Mitch Girio (Emma-Lee’s Never Just a Dream). The cover of Same Old Song shows a single tree branch, an ode to the artists ongoing fight to recover from her injuries and the power of music to get us through the hardest of times. Same Old Song debuted at #3 on the folk charts in Edmonton and landed Emma a synch licensing deal with Community Tree Music in Vancouver. She performed the new album to a packed house at Toronto’s Burdock Music hall at the end of Feb 2017 and there was not a dry eye in the house.

Before her injury, Emma had logged over 100 shows across Canada, the US and the UK and had official showcases at NXNE, CMW & Indie Week. She was a 2008 Toronto Independent Music Awards nominee and received an Ontario Arts Council grant to record her second album “Hit & Run.” Written and co-produced by Emma, both of her albums have garnered fantastic reviews and sought the attention of campus radio, CBC and the Verge on XM Satellite Radio. 

In early 2016 Emma began writing songs again. “They just started pouring out of me” she said, “I was channeling all of the loss and frustration, all of the pain and hardship of the last few years.” Thanks to a recent FACTOR grant, Emma has finished recording her fourth album with producer Dean Drouillard (Royal Wood), the first single of which got her into the second round of the CBC Searchlight competition. Emma looks forward to a busy year ahead with an official Indie Week showcase and being part of the Export Development program and the FMO Conference before releasing her new album and embarking on a Canadian and international tour.


Charting/Radio Play

SAME OLD SONG

Debuted at #3 on the folk charts, Edmonton AB,  campus and CBC radio stations across Canada.

HIT & RUN
#1 Folk/Roots Charts CFBX, Kamloops; #10 Folk/Roots/Blues Charts, CHLY 101.7, Nanaimo; Featured on Toronto 680 News Talk Radio; CBC "Fresh Air" Featured on "Just Us Folk" with host Jan Vanderhorst, CJMQ, Sherbrook; CFRE, Toronto; CIBL, Montreal; CKUT, Montreal; CHSR, Fredricton; CILU, Thunder Bay; CANOE-FM, Haliburton; CHIP, Fort Cologne; CKPC, Brantford; Featured 2 times CKBF/BFBS, Medicine Hat; Indie Love Radio, Toronto; CHMR, St Johns; CKDU, Halifax; CFMH, St John; CKRL, Quebec; CFOU, Trois Rivieres; CKCU, Ottawa; CJAM, Windsor; CILU, Thunder Bay; CKUW, Winnipeg; CJUM/UMFM, Winnipeg; CFCR, Saskatoon; CHIP, Fort Coulogne;

MANIFESTO:
Charted #28 to #15, CFOU, Quebec; Permanent rotation CKMS, Waterloo; Charted CILU, Thunder Bay; CIUT, Toronto; CHIP, Fort Coulogne; "The Verge" XM Satelite Radio; CBC, Toronto; CHMR, St Johns; CAPR, Sydney; CFXU, Antigonish; CFMH, St Johns; CHSR, Fredericton; featured every Wednesday, CKRL, QB; CJMQ, Lennoxville.

Lyrics

Beautifully Imperfect

Written By: Emma Cook

I might call you when I’m old and gray
And not know exactly what to say
I might tell you when my time has come
That there are things I wish I had done

‘Cuz we are all beautifully imperfect, none of us are whole
We are all eroding at the edges as life takes its toll

But I will stay right here beside you
Even if you hurl everything at me you can find
I can see so much of you inside of me
And I know what its like to feel trapped inside

I might hold you so close that you burst at the seams
I might smother you under the weight of my dreams
I might fight with you until my face turns red
And instantly regret all that I’ve said

‘Cuz we are all beautifully imperfect, none of us are whole
We are all eroding at the edges as life takes its toll

But I will stay right here beside you
Even if you hurl everything at me you can find
I can see so much of you inside of me
And I know what its like to feel trapped inside

We were born in red and gold
When the clocks fall down we brace ourselves for the cold
Just one look in your defiant eyes
And I know you’ll be fine

I will stay right here beside you
Even if you hurl everything at me you can find
I can see so much of you inside of me
And I know what its like to feel trapped inside
I will stay right here beside you
Even as if you hurl everything at me you can find
I can see so much of you inside of me
And I know what its like to feel trapped inside

Living Proof

Written By: Emma Cook

There’s a place in my mind, I can go there with you
When the sun goes down early and winters peaking through
In the cold and the stillness, I think of what you said
When your skin and bone, they left you for dead

When the night starts to fall I can see your face
But it always fades

And the sun will come back with a vengeance
Though you won’t make a sound
The lake will miss your body
And the rocks will stand proud
I don’t know where you’ve gone
But I’ll be there soon
For now I’ll be living proof of you
For now I’ll be living proof of you

The birds have given up, they’re ready to move
Chasing the sun just like you used to do
But not the blue jay, she is strong and steadfast
Standing in the bare maple just like a flag at half mast

When the night starts to fall I can see your face
But it always fades

And the sun will come back with a vengeance
But you won’t make a sound
The lake will miss your body
And the rocks will stand proud
I don’t know where you’ve gone
But I’ll be there soon
For now I’ll be living proof of you
For now I’ll be living proof of you

And when the night starts to fall I can see your face
But it always fades

And the sun will come back with a vengeance
But you won’t make a sound
The lake will miss your body
And the rocks will stand proud
I don’t know where you’ve gone
But I’ll be there soon
For now I’ll be living proof of you
For now I’ll be living proof of you
For now I’ll be living proof of you

Sixteen

Written By: Emma Cook

Don’t ask her now, she won’t hear what you’re saying
She’s too far gone, she’s done listening
She’s a bull on the run through blood red streets
Nostrils flaring and stamping her feet

Sixteen and just like her mother
With the weight of the world on her shoulders
Sixteen and thinks her life is over
Not yet a woman but definitely not a girl
No definitely not

Don’t chase her now, you won’t catch up to her
She’s moving too fast, she’s too far ahead
Running scared, she’ll fall down hard
Keep the home fires burning until she gets tired

Sixteen and just like her mother
With the weight of the world on her shoulders
Sixteen and thinks her life is over
Not yet a woman but definitely not a girl
No definitely not

Nobody said it’d be easy but nobody said it would be this hard
She’s throwing punches every which way, hitting everyone she ever loved
Everything is different
She’s no longer omnipotent
And nobody understands

Sixteen and just like her mother
With the weight of the world on her shoulders
Sixteen and thinks her life is over
Not yet a woman but definitely not a girl
No definitely not

How Beautiful You Are

Written By: Emma Cook,Mitch Girio

I see you on the street shuffling your feet
Head down looking at the ground hoping no one will see
Every step you take you’re one closer to giving up
Do you really think no one will be there if you just look up?

I’ll be your strength when your knees get weak
I’ll be your voice when you can’t speak
I’ll pull you out of the burning fire
And hold you until you know how beautiful you are
And hold you until you know how beautiful you are

I see you in the halls hiding all your flaws
Every day is a fight, trying to get it right
But perfect is a fragile thing you know your never enough
Do you really think you need it to be loved?

I’ll be your strength when your knees get weak
I’ll be your voice when you can’t speak
I’ll pull you out of the burning fire
And hold you until you know how beautiful you are
And hold you until you know how beautiful you are

We are made to bend not break
Even if we make mistakes
I know you think you’re nothing now
But I will convince you somehow
(Just give me a chance to prove it)
(What have you got to lose?)

And I will be your strength when your knees get weak
I’ll be your voice when you can’t speak
I’ll pull you out of the burning fire
And hold you until you know how beautiful you are
Yeah I’ll hold you until you know how beautiful you are.

How To Love Forever

Written By: Emma Cook

The lights are down
The curtain’s drawn
Your breathing is quiet
Oh so quiet
I’m losing sleep
Counting sheep
Even though I’m tired
My mind is wired

Because you and I are soft in the middle
And I keep waiting for us to break

Oh Oh Oh
Is it time to let you go
Because I don’t know how to love forever
Oh Oh Oh
Is it time to let you go
Because I don’t know how to love forever

By the light of the stars
I’m bathed in your flaws
Are you good enough
Am I good enough
Your head is heavy in my hands
Would it break your heart?
Yeah tell me would it break your heart?

Because you and I are soft in the middle
And I keep waiting for us to break

Oh Oh Oh
Is it time to let you go
Because I don’t know how to let you go
Oh Oh Oh
Is it time to let you go
Because I don’t know how to let you go

Oh Oh Oh
Is it time to let you go
Because I don’t know how to let you go
Oh Oh Oh
Is it time to let you go
Because I don’t know how to let you go

Discography

Same Old Song (November 2016)

Counting Sheep EP (July 2016)

Hit & Run - Deluxe Eco-Edition (Feb 2009 - USA)

Hit & Run (May 2008 - Canada)

Manifesto (August 2003)

Set List

Emma has over 50 songs to choose from and changes her set according to venue type, audience and alloted time. I only do a few covers but can do more if requested. I prefer to play my own original music.