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UPCOMING SHOWS

  • 04/17/2014
    Crescendo - Madison, WI
     
  • 04/18/2014
    Uncommon Ground - Chicago, IL
     
  • 04/19/2014
    Foundry Hall - South Haven, MI
     
  • 04/22/2014
    Just Goods Listening Room - Rockford, IL
     

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Emily Hurd Gerald Dowd

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BIOGRAPHY

Emily Hurd is a prolific Chicago-based songwriter, singer, and pianist. She is known for her ability to embody several realms within the pop singing spectrum, from delicate country lilting to full fledged belting. Hurd’s music is best described as a mix of rock piano, soul singing, folk songwriting, and intelligent bluegrass rhyme schemes.

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. She has currently produced eleven full-length studio albums and is working on her latest- Soul Car. 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. Her song “Help Me To Understand” was featured in the 2011 season of CBS’s NCIS crime series, and "I Don't Know How To Leave You Alone" was featured in the 2013 season of 90210. "When I Come Home" was featured on TV's The Good Wife in 2013.

Originally from Rockford, Illinois, Hurd has been touring her native Midwest and both coasts of the U.S. for years. She has developed a no-excuses performance savvy; what you hear is what she is. She is the quintessential indie national act, performing for growing pockets of loyal followers who revel in her clever rhymes and honest showmanship. Her supporters in the Southeastern states have started an annual event called “Emilyfest,” providing Hurd and her band with an open barn down in a holler of rural North Carolina.

Backed by a band, Hurd blasts through her tunes with soul. She has shared the stage with Bettye Lavette, Sam Bush, and Irma Thomas, to name a few. On her own, she candidly roots her audience into her storytelling, and has opened as a solo act for the likes of Roger McGuinn, Pete Seeger, and Raul Midon.

As a child, Emily spent most of her upbringing immersed in 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, John Prine, and Bonnie Raitt.

Her past discography includes: "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.

 

 

RECENT PRESS


"Emily Hurd is captivating on stage. Her wide vocal range, light fingers and clever lyrics aren't the only reasons why she's become a regular on the Chicago music scene. The way she wails through songs of love and loneliness with such emotion has gotten the Windy City buzzing." -WLUC TV6


"About equal parts Shawn Colvin (vocal beauty, heartland roots), Tori Amos (pianistic punch) and Maria Muldaur (bluesy buzz), Hurd displays plenty of charm and chops.  In a clear, strong voice, with perfect but unfussy diction, she sings well-made songs.   Her sturdy piano style echoes pop styles, New Orleans jelly-roll and playful Vince Guaraldi light jazz." -Daily Gazette

 

"Hurd’s magnificently melodic album will haunt you long after its last notes fade into the distance. The Chicago-based singer-songwriter’s beautiful voice and vivid lyrics are deeply moving, complemented by sublime piano lines. She takes an Americana foundation and builds to tremendous heights." -Pop Culture Classics

 

"It's poetry meets music, it's grace meets fire. Its vulnerability delivering a slap in the face with the only weapon it owns; talent..."-The Dirty Lowdown. (read more)

 

"Each song is a tiny chip of a mysterious compound of intelligent thought and honest feeling." -J. Sobel (read more)

 

"'My Favourite Part' is one of the finest tunes on this record. With an upbeat groove, Emily probably sings this with a smile on her face because this is bound to be the effect of this particular track on its listener, as it did with yours truly." -Russell Hill, Maverick U.K. (read more)


"I felt your boots stomping from the stage all the way into my green room, and it sounded real good." -Roger McGuinn


"If it’s not an oxymoron, I like the sense of understated urgency in Emily Hurd’s voice. Now, sure there’s more than a touch of Janis in it, but Emily’s is a more controlled instrument. Maybe that’s what’s so intriguing—sensing that she could belt it out like Big Mama Thornton but she chooses not to—for the most part. It’s good stuff. She plays the piano, she sings, she writes some really good tunes." -Richard Milne, WXRT

 

 

"Hurd is one of the most intriguing wordsmiths I’ve heard in a long time." -Dr Wesley Britton (read more)


"Opens emotional pores in the most thick-skinned of listeners..."-DME Music (read more)

 

 

"Guaranteed to leave you feeling a lot brighter..."-Matt Davies,NetRhythms

 

 

"Her songs touch on universal themes of love and loneliness, Hurd belting like Russian-American piano-pop diva Regina Spektor and exhaling words like hazy smoke rings." -Andy Downing, Chicago Tribune


"With all due respect to your natural parents, you are the bastard daughter of Van Morrison and Lucinda Williams." -Jimmy T, The Old Town School of Folk Music


Sometimes, I think I’ve listened to something, and then I pop it in and say, ‘Wow, I missed this one.’  That’s what the disc called ‘Daytime Fireflies’ from Emily Hurd did.  I’m glad I brought it with me on a drive the other day because the opening tune just knocks me out.  I know it will you as well.  It’s called ‘Kids in Red Wagons.’ I remember when I heard that this week: I was in stop-and-go on the Eisenhower outbound, and I popped in Emily Hurd’s latest recording, and I thought, ‘Ok, I’ve got one song I’m going to play this week, for SURE
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"Sometimes, I think I’ve listened to something, and then I pop it in and say, ‘Wow, I missed this one.’  That’s what the disc called ‘Daytime Fireflies’ from Emily Hurd did.  I’m glad I brought it with me on a drive the other day because the opening tune just knocks me out.  I know it will you as well.  It’s called ‘Kids in Red Wagons.’ I remember when I heard that this week: I was in stop-and-go on the Eisenhower outbound, and I popped in Emily Hurd’s latest recording, and I thought, ‘Ok, I’ve got one song I’m going to play this week, for SURE." -Richard Milne, WXRT


"Janis Joplinesque.  Emily is a favorite of mine." -Rick Kogan WGN Radio


"The Barefoot Session has caught the attention of radio stations across the globe. To say Hurd is up-and-coming would be an understatement. She’s no stranger to singing with the gusto that made Janis Joplin a legend, nor is she afraid to hold back while dynamically articulating each message. Hurd’s arrangements are punchy and fresh, and reminiscent of classic jazz, blues and folk. The 13 songs that make up the new album were chosen well, creating a true, well-thought tapestry, containing no throwaways or space-fillers." -Jim Hagerty, The Rock River Times


"I heard you're making a new record, Em. So what is this, your seventeenth album?" -Steve Doyle (The Hoyle Brothers)