Writing songs on heart strings, Edmonton-born singer-songwriter Emily Schultz will wrap you up and gently take you down the road of self-reflection, hope and all the beautiful complexities of the human experience. Combining the intimacy of her storytelling and the powerful dynamics in her performance, her sound is deeply influenced by alternative soul, pop and folk, like Dodie meets Brandi Carlile meets JP Saxe. Emily is currently finishing up her debut EP entitled ‘Family Name,’ which is set to be released this year.
Emily Schultz hails from the thriving arts community of Edmonton, AB. She struck an interest in the arts at a very young age, taking it seriously by attending the Victoria School for the Arts throughout middle and high school. There, Emily developed her skills in singing, dancing, choreographing and acting while honing a love for percussion. She began accompanying many artists musically, which led her to perform at festivals and events across Canada such as the Edmonton Folk Music Festival (Edmonton, AB), the Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival (Salmon Arm, BC) and the Blue Skies Festival (Ottawa, ON).
Her love of performing took her to Victoria, BC, where she earned an enriched diploma in performing arts from the Canadian College of Performing Arts. Shortly after she moved to Vancouver where she later picked up a guitar and started the epic journey of writing music.
In 2016, Emily moved to Toronto, ON. She has since been featured musically on eTalk as well as Much Music, the latter of which she worked alongside artist/producer Allie-X to produce Emily’s original song “All I’ve Ever Needed” in association with 5gum. She recently lent her musical abilities to the renowned Soulpepper Theatre Company as a featured artist in their production of ‘Riverboat Coffee House: The Yorkville Scene.’ Since moving to Toronto, she has co-headlined several sold-out venues, highlights including the Great Hall, Rivoli, Burdock Music Hall and Supermarket. Most recently, Emily’s original music was chosen out of thousands of applicants to be showcased on the Uptown Stage at 2021’s Canadian Music Week.
Emily’s sound is driven forward by her folk roots in a singer-songwriter style with influences from alternative soul and R&B. Combining powerful vocals, honest song writing and guitar, she has developed a passionate performance experience that speaks honestly of human existence, and releases it with an onstage energy that is both raw and contagious. Pulling inspiration from Eva Cassidy to JP Saxe, Dodie to India Arie, Emily has concocted her own brand of music that will both calm your soul and get you singing your heart out.
Emily is also heavily involved with a non-profit organization entitled Honey Jam, a non-profit centred around giving young, female artists the chance to further themselves in the industry through education and performance opportunities. An alum herself, Emily has been a Honey Jam ambassador since 2018, while recently stepping into leadership by being charged with the creative direction and musical arrangement for various performances for up and coming female Honey Jam artists.
Emily is currently in the studio co-producing her debut EP entitled “Family Name.”