Far too soon, the girl who harmonized and riffed with her dad was now facing an unimaginable loss. Her tight family unit shattered in an instant. After many dark and difficult months, Em’s mom stepped up and encouraged, supported and began guiding her. With her dad’s muse living inside her and her mom by her side, Em found the strength to begin again. She now fills her empty spaces with heartfelt lyrics and newfound emotion… with a voice that is stronger and more forceful than ever before.
The juggling of her teenage years as a singer/songwriter with a rigorous approach to high-scoring academics has proved a powerful cathartic and a light at the end of the tunnel. Cutting an album in high school called for surreal levels of focus — Em’s particular mix of self-containment, constancy, discipline, expression, fun and focus.
Em’s jazzy, haunting vocals make listeners stop and feel. Producer Jim McGorman, known for his work with Avril Lavigne, Michelle Branch, and Cassadee Pope, has been working with Em on her new self-titled debut album. Deep and soulful, the album is a stunningly complex and sophisticated first release. Em weaves a unique blend of retro soul with Coldplay pop. Her compelling sound is equal parts Adele, Fiona Apple and The Fray. Fearless chords of Motown, blues and jazz resonate on this album, enriched with a fusion of live horns and strings.
Jim says of his latest collaborator, “Em Rossi expresses a musical depth that is far beyond her seventeen years. She is a fearless artist, capable of taking you from melancholy to bliss in just over three minutes.”