Sylvia Emmerson

Sylvia Emmerson

 Miami, Florida, USA
BandAlternativeFolk

Sylvia Emmerson is a singer/songwriter from Miami, FL and one of six artists selected to perform and compete at the 2011 Florida Grammy Showcase this past April. She was also recently on the cover of City Link Magazine and featured in the article "Five South Florida acts you need to know in 2011.”

Biography

Sylvia Emmerson is an inspiring musician and songwriter whose talent and passion has been rooted since her musical childhood.

Sylvia’s parents introduced her to the world of music through records, albums, and live concerts. Her attitude towards her art has also been a shaped product of a musical grandfather and mother, a drummer and pianist respectively, both crucial ingredients to Sylvia’s musicianship.

At the age of 10, Sylvia received her first acoustic guitar for Christmas, a present that would become much more than a toy under the tree. After years of developing a unique instrumental voice, Sylvia decided to take up vocal lessons at the age of 12 to cohere with her guitar-playing.

Coming from a past of home-schooling, Sylvia has had plenty of time to tend and water her music and allow it to grow. Sylvia wrote and recorded her first studio demo at the age of 14, a young accomplishing age. Following her first studio attempt, she was asked to start playing live in local clubs and bars in all corners of South Florida—venues such as The Culture Room, Hard Rock Café, and Tobacco Road have all been witness to Sylvia’s sweeping chords and elegant voice.

Throughout the next few years, Sylvia left her original pieces on the shelf in order to work on various musical projects and bands with other musicians. She has been involved with an array of local rock and metal bands, and has even toured the east coast.

After all the excitement, Sylvia decided to hang up her electric guitar and began writing again, acoustic guitar in hand. At the age of 24, she reconnected with Fernando Perdomo, an old friend of hers who had become an accomplished producer, engineer, and founder of Forward Motion Records. Perdomo approached Sylvia with hopes of recording and delivering her music to fans on his record label.

Sylvia Emmerson began recording her new EP, For All Who Wander, in September 2010. For two months, Sylvia was back-and-forth between her home studio and Forward Motion Studios to finish recording for the EP’s release in January of 2011.

“Wide Awake,” a new song off the EP, was released on Forward Motion’s YouTube channel in mid-December 2010. With a graceful blend of acoustic rhythms and electric sweeps, the song fits puzzle-like with Sylvia’s waterfall voice, a rain of refreshing melodies that softens the cracks in your ears.

All songs on the EP written and arranged by Sylvia Emmerson. Production and engineering jointly done by Fernando Perdomo and Sylvia Emmerson. Featuring Sylvia Emmerson on vocals and acoustic guitar; Fernando Perdomo on electric guitar, bass, and keyboards; Derek Cintron on drums and percussion.

For All Who Wander was released on January 1st, 2011.

Lyrics

Wide Awake

Written By: Sylvia Emmerson

It’s morning and I’m washing clean
The sun, it holds a mirror up to me
And I’m hurt by the things I see
It’s obvious the night before, it had its way with me

I don’t think I’ve ever been all I can be

A shame how the ones we hold so high can feel like the lowest
Never knowing if they will find the strength to get up, get on their feet

I left you asleep in bed
We’re better off forgetting what we did
Yeah it’s so like me
To let the power of the next day
Make me wanna hide away

I don’t think I’ve ever been enough for you

A shame how the ones we hold so high can feel like the lowest
Never knowing if they will find the strength to get up, get on their feet

And all those things that you think you should say
Can’t change how I feel
It don’t work that way
‘Cause in my heart I know
That I’m the only one
That can make myself feel differently

Yet somehow I’ve never been
No I don’t think I’ve ever been anything

A shame how the ones we hold so high can feel like the lowest
Never knowing if they will find the strength to get up, get on their feet

Sleepwalking

Written By: Sylvia Emmerson

Left my friends at our favorite bar
Some I don’t even know them
I feel much like a stranger when I’m out of bed
And when I’ve forgotten how to pretend

I find a place to rest my head because my

Dreams take me away when I don’t wanna be myself anymore
And when I sleep time passes by so I don’t have to fill it up with life anymore

I’ve walked a while now my hands are cold
It’s too late in the night to be so far from home
I called this guy I used to know
He said he’d let me stay
I know what he’ll expect and I will show up anyway

And if the weight of where I am starts to sink in when we are done
I’ll close my eyes because

Dreams take me away when I don’t wanna be myself anymore
And when I sleep time passes by so I don’t have to fill it up with life anymore

I can be, I can be anything that I need
And I can go, I can go anywhere that I please
And in my life if things don’t turn out the way that I want
I can go to sleep
And somehow forget it all because my

Dreams take me away when I don’t wanna be myself anymore
And when I sleep time passes by so I don’t have to fill it up with life anymore

Left my friends at our favorite bar
Some I don’t even know them

Thoughts of You

Written By: Sylvia Emmerson

I’m drifting away
With thoughts of you
A different place
I remember that day
The air was wet
The sky was grey

And with you I sat on the tracks
Shivering I saw my breath
Then you leaned closer to me
Placed a kiss on my cheek
Then whispered real soft
You said “Don’t be cold, stay warm with me.”

Yeah I remember that day
When the air was wet
And the sky was grey
I felt so awkward
Didn’t know what to do
To shy to speak
To afraid to move

And with you I sat on the tracks
Shivering I saw my breath
Then you leaned closer to me
Placed a kiss on my cheek
Then whispered real soft
You said “Don’t be cold, don’t be cold.”

I was barely a day past 14
And I knew she was so much prettier than me
She carried herself so free
Everything I wished I could be

And with her I sat on the tracks
Shivering I saw my breath
Then she leaned closer to me
Placed a kiss on my cheek
Then whispered real soft
She said “Don’t be cold, stay warm with me.”

Got So Sick

Written By: Sylvia Emmerson

It got so dark
I heard the house settle and crack
And every time
I couldn’t help but hold my breath
I tried to write
I put some paper to my pen
The hours passed
I bit my fingers ‘till they bled

Then killed some wine
And stumbled in the bathroom where I

Took some scissors to my hair
Hoping I’d find myself there
Buried underneath a layer or two
But as it fell into the sink
I felt much worse than before
Thought those blades could save me
It wasn’t true
No it was never true

Some nights it’s hard
To calm the voice inside my head
You ask “What’s wrong?”
I know that you’d never understand
The coldest sweat
I feel it dripping down my neck
A side effect of all the secrets I have kept

I killed some wine
And with a shaky pair of hands to guide

Took some scissors to my hair
Hoping I’d find myself there
Buried underneath a layer or two
But as it fell into the sink
I felt much worse than before
Thought those blades could save me
It wasn’t true
No it was never true

I got so sick
I felt so sad
All of my life
I’ve been searchin’ for a way out
Some great escape
A brand new name
It’s thoughts like that
That keep me two steps back

Took some scissors to my hair
Hoping I’d find myself there
Buried underneath a layer or two
But as it fell into the sink
I felt much worse than before
Thought those blades could save me
It wasn’t true
No it was never true

Discography

For All Who Wander [EP] - 2011

Set List

1. Home
2. Got So Sick
3. Thoughts of You
4. Wide Awake
5. I Could've Died
6. Sleepwalking
7. Bambina
And more (set list varies).