Emily Braden's powerful voice, evocative of singers like Ella Fitzgerald, brought her to the attention of Harry Manx, one of Mariposa's headline acts this year. Listen and judge for yourself when Emily backs-up Harry.
ARTIST WEBSITE: www.myspace.com/emilybraden
Years of beautiful hard work have allowed Emily to develop a truly unique style. With her powerful range and soulful sound, she explores everything from gospel wails, confident blues, hard funk and feverish vocal improvisations to heartfelt, subtle ballads and folk. Her career as a versatile and engaging soloist is rooted in an early passion for powerhouse vocalists such as Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin. She recalls hours spent at a young age memorizing classic vocal recordings and scat solos.
Originally from Boise, Idaho, the now-26-year old moved to Victoria, BC in 2002 to begin a four-year mentorship with the legendary jazz musician Louise Rose. Her instrument-like improvisations and affinity for the blues gained the attention of world music artist and Juno-award nominee, Harry Manx. With Manx, Emily has recorded on three albums and toured across Canada.
Emily has balanced her impressive performance schedule with an equally demanding academic career. As a student of Latin American studies, she completed a Master of Arts degree in December of 2007. Her thesis on the representations of voluptuous women in Hispanic Caribbean popular music allowed Emily to explore the “big mama” persona as well as a feminist politic which she embodies on a personal level in her own identity as a performer.
Currently, Emily is dedicating more time to the development of original compositions in both Spanish and English. She plans to record her upcoming debut CD the summer of 2008 with New York pianist, composer and producer Misha Piatigorsky.