Emily Burdette grew up in the small town of St. Albans, West Virginia. She began exploring music at a young age. Her mother and father always had music on in the house and encouraged listening to a wide range of artists such as The Beatles, Madonna, The Beach Boys, Elton John, & Linda Ronstadt. She began writing lyrics when she was fourteen years old. After having tried piano lessons and deciding that wasn’t for her, she picked up the guitar.
While attending Belmont University in 2002 in Nashville, Tennessee, Emily decided she truly wanted to pursue a career in singing and songwriting. Her style emulates her influences including Jewel, Ingrid Michaelson, Sara Bareilles, and Sheryl Crow. She has a singer/songwriter style that invokes sounds of both pop and folk music.
In December 2011, Emily released Time to Speak, a 5-song EP of all original songs. This was done with the help of independent music producer and musician David White. She later recorded an eleven-track follow-up record with award-winning producer Karen Kane. This latest CD, entitled “Make Believe” was released on Nov. 15, 2013. Both are available on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.
She is currently performing at various locations in Wilmington, NC and the surrounding area.
Photo credit: Lindsay Moore