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.” Emily looks forward to releasing this new body of work throughout the next year. 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. Emily is known for her extraordinary time management skills, candid professionalism, and immovable desire to empower everyone she meets.