Part singer/songwriter and part instrumental arranger, Emily combines the traditional craft of folk song with compositions featuring the oboe and cello. Emily was born in 1984 in New York City to a musical family. Her Grandfather Billy Mure was a famous arranger and guitarist who performed with Paul Simon, BB King, and Les Paul. He wrote and arranged one of Della Reese’s biggest hits, “My Heart Reminds Me,” and released some of his own albums with MGM and RCA Victor Records. Emily’s father, once the drummer for artists like Roberta Flack, Kate Taylor, and Peter Nero, urged Emily to study music. At age 11, she picked up the oboe which she later studied at Fiorello H. Laguardia near Lincoln Center in Manhattan. By the age of 15 Emily had performed in venues including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Avery Fisher Hall with ensembles like Manhattan’s borough wide band, the Interschool Orchestra of New York, and Laguardia High School’s highest level orchestra and chamber music ensembles. Along with her musical studies, Emily was always an avid writer. She keeps a collection of over 30 journals she has been writing since the age of 7 that contain mostly pros, poems, and shorts.
In 2002, Emily attended Ithaca College in New York where she pursued studies in Oboe performance and Psychology. She became fascinated with the local Bluegrass and Folk music scene in Ithaca and decided to pick up guitar. Soon after, she started writing songs. One of her first songs, “Joanne”, was a bluegrass tune she wrote for her mother while immersed in this scene. After her Junior year of College she took a summer program at the University of Limerick in Ireland. There, she studied Irish traditional guitar and Irish singing. She learned fiddle tunes on oboe and developed a style of playing that reflected the Irish tradition. Later, she wrote a manual on how to play Celtic music on the oboe for her senior project at Ithaca. With her friend Mady Spiegel, Emily returned to Ireland after graduation and lived there for 6 months. She made a living by playing guitar on the streets as a busker and wrote the bulk of songs that would later appear on her first album. While in Ireland, she met and played with song writers Ryan Langlois and Phillip Morrow.
Emily moved back to New York at the end of 2007. Shortly after, Ryan Langlois moved to New York. Ryan began to perform with Emily on back up guitar, mandolin, and harmonica. Along with Mady Spiegel who sings back up, Emily and Ryan performed at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in Hillsdale, MA. They opened for The Duhks at The Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA, as well as for Kris Delmhorst at the Hooker-Dunham Theater in Brattleboro, VT. By the end of 2009, Emily finished her first album, “Where I Began.” It was recorded and mixed by Mike Presta and mastered by Mark Christensen at Engine Room Audio. Besides Emily, Mady, and Ryan, musicians on the album include Mike Presta on drums, Grace Gwon on cello, and Andrea Dovalle on Violin.
“Where I Began” is a collection of songs Emily wrote from her first year as a songwriter to the present. Honing in on her classical music background, cello compositions and her own oboe playing are features on these folk-based tunes. Some songs are more elaborately arranged with multiple instruments while
others are simply her and her guitar. Emily’s songs are emotionally charged. They paint pictures of love and travel. “Where I Began” marks the beginning of a young songwriter’s exploration of sound, self, and composition. With multiple influences ranging from American and Irish folk traditions, classical composition and instrumentation, and current NYC Indie and Pop culture, “Where I Began” in no way suggests an exact place of beginning. Instead, it celebrates the art of integration as well as the commonalities different musical traditions have.