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Vocalist, composer and lyricist Emily Braden heard it all first through her grandmother’s speakers in her hometown of Boise, Idaho. As a young girl, she spent countless hours memorizing classic vocal solos and singing into the walls of her bedroom. Early love affairs with powerhouse voices such as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Aretha Franklin and Chaka Khan fanned the embers for what is now recognized as her signature style. Bold, innovative, rhythmic. For Emily Braden, to sing is to live and she is living it up.
Braden cultivated her craft under mentorships with Dave Barduhn (former arranger for Stan Kenton) in Oregon and legendary jazz musician Louise Rose (student of Duke Ellington and Oscar Peterson protégé) in Victoria, BC. Supporting internationally acclaimed artist Harry Manx, she recorded on multiple award-winning albums and performed for packed houses across Canada. She currently lives in New York City and performs as a band leader at notable east and west coast venues as well as on international stages. Braden was selected as a finalist in NYC’s 2011 Jazzmobile Vocal Competition (competition date pending) and recently performed at the legenday Blue Note Jazz Club as part of the Late Night Groove Series.
Braden’s debut album Soul Walk truly showcases the clarity and flexibility of Braden’s voice and the intense passion behind that voice. Producer/composer/pianist for Soul Walk, Misha Piatigorsky testifies, “As a singer, Emily has no boundaries. She gives me goosebumps.” Soul Walk is a colorful collection of originals and ‘flipped out’ jazz standards that also mark Braden’s debut as an outstanding bilingual song-writer. With Braden’s high-energy, fresh approach and Piatigorsky’s superior production, Soul Walk is more than a debut – it’s a landmark recording.
Of her life-long passion, she says: “Music is that one thing for me. It alters me chemically, rewrites my reality, enhances and romances me, cleanses and connects me, drugs, heals and soothes me, forgives and accepts me, intensifies and satisfies me. Such a hold it has - and I am lucky to be wrapped up in such a love affair.” To see her live is to feel the heat, and you will leave believing.
Braden is a big bad beauty – smokin, smokin hot.