"The art is solid, but it's the artist, strong and confident, who warrants attention....she cuts a fun-filled zigzag through r&b, blues, pop, and rock, deploying every vocal styling and nailing every inflection, growl, and coo. This range infuses You Had Me at Goodbye's songs with the energy of a powerful voice flexing its muscles." -- Village Voice featured review, September 6, 2006
Rounding out the decade (or ringing in 2010), Emily Zuzik releases her third solo offering, the Jagged Life ep. This 3-song ep is essentially three singles without an album home. Already, the release has attracted the attention of TheBanded.com (who previewed "Jagged Life" in its web relaunch) and betterPropaganda.com (who promoted the ep in its Weekly Batch mailing). The ep had advance airplay in the US, UK and Canada as well.
Granddaughter of a trucker and a coal miner, Emily Zuzik hails from Southwestern Pennsylvania. She gave her first public performance singing Dolly Parton's "9 to 5" to her fifth grade religion class in Catholic school. By eighth grade, she was performing original work in front of her school. From this encouragement, she began composing original songs and performing publicly in high school and college. And the rest, as we say, is history...
In September 2006, Emily released her second album, You Had Me At Goodbye, produced with Joshua Kessler at Bushwick Studio (The Bravery, Justin Tracy) and mastered by Scott Hull (Steely Dan, Donald Fagen, Spacehog). The record features a band consisting of Keith Carlock (James Taylor, Sting, Steely Dan) on drums, Tim Lefebvre (Chris Botti, Jamie Cullum, James Taylor) on bass and Dan Mintseris (Marianne Faithfull) on piano and keyboards.
Since then, she has toured the NE, West Coast, United Kingdom and Ireland in support of the album, and her music has been featured on the CW's "Smallville" and the indie film Fifth Form, as well as other radio stations. Emily is currently recording a new collection of songs for release later this year.
A proud Epiphone Guitars endorsed artist and 2005 calendar girl, Emily released her debut solo album, The Way it's Got to Be, in February 2003, which received praises from NYC's The Village Voice and Time Out, as well as Performing Songwriter Magazine's Top DIY Picks, November 2003. Emily's song “Breaking It Down” was included on the JANE Magazine It List 2008, and "That's the Way" was a semi-finalist in the JANE Magazine Readers compilation in 2004. She also appeared as one of IGN for Men's "Babe of the Day".
Emily's songs have been added to KCRW's music library as well as the Clear Channel NEW charts, and featured on Alice Artist Spotlight on 97.3 FM in San Francisco, KUSF's "Diva Radio" 90.3 FM San Francisco, KOOP's "Soul Talk Radio with Chuck Freeman," and KUT's "Femme FM." The video for her song "Try a New Line on Me" airs regularly on the Austin Music Network and aired nationally on the Trio Network to over 18 million households.
Emily is also commercial and creative songwriter, vocalist, rhythm guitarist and performer. She has written with Grammy Award winner Moby, Tim Lefebvre (Chris Botti band, Rudder, Boomish!), Art Hays (Matchbox Twenty, Carbondale), Joe 'Sizzlax' Lewis (DOJO Studio), and Marwood/Benji Rogers. She also works as a studio/demo singer and can be heard in jingles as well as other dance/electronica tracks.
Over the years, Emily has donated time, live performances or recorded works to organizations and charities such as Feel the Music, Avon Breast Cancer Walk, 826NYC and Green Edge Collaborative NYC.
She has performed on bills with such esteemed performers as an alias-bearing Norah Jones, The Silos (Bloodshot Records), Leslie Mendelson (RYKO), Jon Dee Graham (New West Records), Jolie Holland (ANTI) and 80s teen pop icon Tiffany.
In addition to her solo and collaborations, Emily has performed with many bands including LES supergroup AKI is the Glue, acoustic roots rockers Sexfresh, the Burning Man phenomenon Funkmobile and San Francisco WAMMIE-awarded Shitty Shitty Band Band. Additionally, she has performed backing vocals for Marwood, Ari Hest, RYKO recording artist Leslie Mendelson, Amiel Leshnik, Will Hawkins, Tom Glynn and UK-based DOJO Studios artists Sizzlax and REFIX. She plays regularly in the NYC, LA and London scenes and tours annually.
You can also see Emily on the cover of Penguin Paperback's reissue of James Bond's Thunderball as the spear-gun toting Bond girl.