"She sits at the piano, lips to microphone, Frye boot to pedal, and speaks her mind — in song. I became an instant fan." --Val Haller, New York Times
Emily Hurd is a prolific songwriter, best known for her clear voice, bold lyrics, and clever rhymes. Her songwriting style combines soul, country, folk, and blues. Paul Zollo of American Songwriter says that she writes "albums to fall into and swim in forever." Emily's songs have appeared on television's NCIS, 90210, The Good Wife, Melrose Place, and Life Unexpected. She has currently produced 17 full-length albums, most of which were recorded and engineered by John Abbey.
Hurd first entered the music scene in 2005 when she and many of the staff members from Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music created her first original album. Since then, her songs have been finalists in three international songwriting competitions: NPR’s NewSong Music Contest, The John Lennon Songwriting Contest, and The Unisong International Songwriting Competition.
Originally from Rockford, Illinois, Hurd has been touring her native Midwest and both coasts of the U.S. for years. As a child, Emily spent most of her upbringing immersed in food and music. She still counts Hoagie Carmichael, Kris Kristofferson, and Scott Joplin as her biggest musical influences. Through high school, culinary school, and later while getting her BA in Music Business from Columbia College in Chicago, Hurd developed a fondness for Lyle Lovett, Randy Newman, and Bonnie Raitt. Today, Emily is combining her two interests in a historic building called The Norwegian, which she renovated into a brunch pub and live music venue.
Her discography includes: "Nightshades," 2020, "New-Fashioned Christmas," 2018, "Backbone," 2017, "Yule," 2015, "Shine Kid Shine," 2015, "Landmark," 2015, "the best-loved," 2013, "Burn Like a Field" (Stone Blind Valentine, 2013) "Any Given Day, 2012," "Long Lost Ghosts, 2012," "Tins & Pins & Peppermints, 2010, "Daytime Fireflies," 2010, "A Cache In The Warehouse Floor," 2008, "Love In Flats," 2007, "Barefoot Session," 2006, "Potent One," 2006, and "Lines," 2005.