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Bright Side

by Emily Elbert

Funky acoustic vibes from a 20-year-old troubador with deep musical roots and a clear love for sunshine.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. Take It Easy
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2. Garden of the Sun
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3. River
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4. Here
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5. Bright Side
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6. Stars
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7. I Feel Fine
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8. Beautiful
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Emily Elbert’s music is jazz-infused folk with a lot of soul, and a fresh, hip perspective. The Coppell, Texas native has delighted listeners from coast to coast with her award-winning originals and her unique arrangements of classic favorites. At age 20, she has an in-depth knowledge of tunes most grandmothers would love.

Admiration for jazz, blues, reggae, folk, soul, and world music shape the styles she writes and performs. Emily says, “I love music from around the world and like to blend a variety of musical genres into a style that is all my own.”

A third-generation musician, Emily is a singer/songwriter with deep musical roots, who is driven by a passionate love for music and creative expression. She uses unique guitar riffs, chord voicings, and soulful singing to create distinctive vocal and guitar arrangements.

As a child, Emily studied classical music and competed in piano contests for seven years. She picked up guitar and began singing in eighth grade. In high school choir and summer programs at The University of North Texas and the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Emily sang a variety of styles, from Renaissance to show choir and jazz to reggae.

Emily began performing professionally in high school in order to earn her way to Berklee’s summer program in Boston. As a high school junior, she recorded eleven original songs on her debut CD, Bright Side, which she wrote, arranged, performed, and co-produced. Once she got to Berklee, she was selected as a winner of the Performing Songwriter’s Contest. By the end of 2006, after just seven months as a professional performer, music critics at The Dallas Morning News selected Emily as “Local Rookie of the Year” for 2006.

Her senior year in high school, Emily played over fifty gigs – at coffeehouses, festivals, benefits, guitar bars, resorts, and house concerts. Before graduation, the young musician won numerous awards, including being selected for the 2007 Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Jazz Ensemble. As an ensemble winner, she studied and performed for 10 days with legendary jazzers in Los Angeles during Grammy week.

On her 18th birthday, Emily licensed videos of two of her songs to Texas Instruments, to demonstrate their new video cell phones throughout the U. S., Europe, and Asia.

Later that year, Emily also won First Place at the Old Settlers Music Festival Youth Talent Competition in Dripping Springs, Texas and was Grand Prize Winner in Texas Music Project’s Texas 10 Under 20 Contest in Dallas. She was the musical guest on numerous television and radio shows, including repeat performances on WFAA-TV’s Good Morning Texas.

After graduating high school, Emily spent the summer performing in venues from Alaska to Houston to New York City. Last August, Emily jumped into the Boston music scene, where she attends Berklee College of Music as a professional music major. She sings with Berklee’s Bob Marley Ensemble and performs with a trio and as a solo artist. She also sings with the funk band, Captain Coconut, in New York City.

In 2008, Emily was a featured performer at the North American Folk Music Alliance conference in Memphis, toured with G Love & Special Sauce, the Wood Brothers, and Kaki King. She has opened for Patty Larkin, Sara Hickman, Ben Taylor, Ruthie Foster, Marcia Ball, Tracy Grammer, and Brooks Williams. She has co-billed with Anthony da Costa, Chris O’Brien, and the Powder Kegs. She was recently selected as a Kerrville New Folk Finalist for 2008.

This summer, Emily has been invited to play at Taste Addison, Old Settlers Music Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival, the Woody Guthrie Festival, and the Boston Folk Festival.

Visit www.emilyelbert.com for more information.


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Cindy Willis

your melodies stick in my head and that is a good thing!
Emily - your cd is great! Quite a stress melter. I have enjoyed listening to it many times over.

Caitlin LaRose

awesome..
i heard about her when she toured with g. love and instantly i was intrigued by her... so happy to finally have her album!

Janice Brown

Emily, your beautiful music soothes my soul and brightens my spirits and my day!
"Bright Side" brightens my day! Your lilting voice has beautiful pitch. They say talent runs in the family, and I think you have proved it. Your debut CD is filled with infectious, light-hearted, enthusiastic energy. To me, your music is downright addictive! Keep it coming!! Your rich, melodic voice and your original music proves what a serious musician you are. And to think you've only just begun! Bravo! So here you have my "rave review."

Shannon Williams


I heard Emily on Whole Wheat Radio, an internet radio station out of Talkeetna, Alaska. I live in Alaska and I haven't heard an artist this good since Joss Stone! (Better than Jewel) I would like to hear her play with Johnny Lang! I think they would be a great match just like him and Shannon Curfman. She was short-lived, but I still have her album and love it.

HarderBeat.com

The Texas singer/songwriter may not be well known yet.....
Emily Elbert - Bright Side, Full Sun Records
In the mood for some Nora Jones? How about some Joss Stone? Maybe a bit of Emily Elbert? Wait a minute, the first two are household names, but that last one? The Texas singer/songwriter may not be well known yet, but the eleven songs on her debut album are just as beautiful and deep as her internationally known peers. The whole soft-spoken, folkie, jazzy, poppy, female singer/songwriter thing has been done a million times before, but Emily’s spin on things is a breath of fresh air. Tracks like “Take It Easy” and “Here” feel like a modern day Edie Brickell. “Bright Side” and “I Feel Fine” are more like the female version of Jack Johnson. Either comparison puts her in great company. Bright Side is proof that those who prefer slower paced music can find plenty to love right here in Texas. (Jason Janik) Harder Beat, Flipside: An Inside Look at D/FW’s alternative scene.

HarderBeat.com

The Texas singer/songwriter may not be well known yet.....
Emily Elbert - Bright Side, Full Sun Records
In the mood for some Nora Jones? How about some Joss Stone? Maybe a bit of Emily Elbert? Wait a minute, the first two are household names, but that last one? The Texas singer/songwriter may not be well known yet, but the eleven songs on her debut album are just as beautiful and deep as her internationally known peers. The whole soft-spoken, folkie, jazzy, poppy, female singer/songwriter thing has been done a million times before, but Emily’s spin on things is a breath of fresh air. Tracks like “Take It Easy” and “Here” feel like a modern day Edie Brickell. “Bright Side” and “I Feel Fine” are more like the female version of Jack Johnson. Either comparison puts her in great company. Bright Side is proof that those who prefer slower paced music can find plenty to love right here in Texas. (Jason Janik) Harder Beat, Flipside: An Inside Look at D/FW’s alternative scene.

Kim Williams

GREAT CD!!!
Emilys cd is wonderful ... as soon as I heard on T.V. one morning .. I just had to find her cd... She has a great voice and has a very bright future! Good Luck!

Alyssa

Cannot stop listening to Bright Side
I discovered Emily Elbert on youtube like we discover so many people. But she is something totally different and fresh compared to any young artist I have heard. I just can't get enough of her album and can't wait for another from her!!

teresa collipp

fun-lyrics are uplifting -great voice
this girl is on her way to fame-sounds alot like nora jones-i ordered 10 cds and played it at a party and tons of people wanted an address where they could buy it-what a gifted gal!!LOVE IT!!!!!!!

Bill Hays

Amazing CD. We'll be hearing a lot from this amazing talent.
A blend of several musical styles comes through in an amazing CD. This singer/songwriter shows musical talent and maturity beyond her years. The sky's the limit.
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