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Emily Merrell’s “thesaurus pop” anchors somewhere between alternative/art pop and cinematic jazz fusion, weaving playful and evocative lyrics through colorful harmonies and energetic grooves. Inspired by her fascination with our human tendency to pose, posture, and conceal, Emily’s most recent compositions explore themes of disguise and disclosure: “Masks can be calculated or unconscious; liberating or constricting; subversive, strategic, coquettish, coercive, and everything is layered.”

Currently based near Salt Lake City, Utah, Emily performs with her original band, and is the lead vocalist and producer/booking agent for the International Musicians League affiliate, Diamond Empire Band with bookings all around the Intermountain West. Emily owns and operates EM Vocal Studio in Lehi, UT, and takes great pride in building creative confidence and developing marketable skills with artists of all ages.

Emily also finds a labor of love in her original podcast, “Artifice,” wherein she interviews professional artists about the origins and development of their creativity, the logistics of life as an “artpreneur,” and their strategies for blending vulnerability with veneer as they cultivate creative resilience.

Having completed a Master of Music in Jazz Performance from the world-renown University of North Texas, Emily is a well-rounded and confident vocalist, composer, arranger, and educator with extensive skills in theory, improvisation, research, pedagogy, and vocal physiology. [Read More…]

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EMILY MERRELL

Emily Merrell is a masterful musician. It seems she can do anything she wishes with her voice. She is magnetic, subtle, and perhaps the most reliable musician I know. "Masks" is absolutely stunning. Emily has done something REALLY magical with this album.

Dan Tate - Composer, Pianist

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EM VOCAL STUDIO

Emily is an AMAZING teacher! We found her through Thumbtack about four years ago. I can honestly say our experience with her has been nothing short of fantastic. My daughter always comes out of her lesson happier than she went in. I know Emily cares about her and her success.

Cindy S.

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