|Emily Curtis - vocals, guitar,
Emily is a singer-songwriter who has written
more than forty complete songs. She was born and raised in New York City where she
studied piano and music from early childhood.
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She attended the High School for the
Performing Arts in Manhattan, where she continued her study of the
piano, and played cello and bass in student orchestras.
In her senior year at SUNY New Paltz, she
taught herself guitar and began to write songs. Local musician friends asked her to
play drums in their band - The Harmonic Virgins, though she had no experience or training
on drums. Emily played with the band for two years, sometimes singing her own songs
on guitar, or while playing drums. She began performing solo three years ago in
upstate New York clubs and coffee houses.
In 1996 Emily relocated to Tempe, Arizona
and formed the Emily Curtis Band with Jamal Ruhe on bass and John O'Reilly on drums.
Through this experience she has become a confident and accomplished live performer,
both as a singer and guitar player. She also recorded back-up vocals and keyboard
parts for a CD by the band, Deadhot Workshop.
Last year Emily returned to New York City
where she released her first CD. Produced by Ruhe and Curtis, 'Radiate' contains a
multi-textured range of instruments and vocals with five guest players and back-up
Emily has opened for the Steve Miller Band, Patti Rothberg, Melissa Ferrick, Paul Westerberg and
Colin Hay, and she also appears on 2 great benefit compilation albums:
Currently, Emily is in the studio putting the finishing touches on her debut acoustic album, available on ModMusic Records this summer.
- The BAG 1(Brooklyn Above Ground) compilation, which benefits World Hunger Year, a grass roots organization leading the fight to end hunger and poverty in America and world-wide.
- It's about Eve - Music for the Cure, an organization dedicated to breast cancer awareness.