As a toddler, Emily Brooke would sing along to LeAnn Rimes’ soaring hit “Blue” from the restraints of her child car seat. It was a sign of things to come, as she was performing publicly by the time she was just 9 years old. The now 17 year-old singer/songwriter/guitarist would go on to take guitar lessons from Mark Boreffi, but stopped after about a year because she was teaching herself the songs on her own.
In 2011, Emily was playing at Rippy’s Bar & Grill while visiting Nashville when country hit-maker Billy Yates discovered her by chance after passing by the tourist-filled restaurant. He stopped in to see who was performing, and was shocked to find the then 11-year old budding star with just her guitar sounding like a seasoned artist. Thanks to this chance encounter, Yates has played a large role in the development of Emily’s career. He produced her debut album Here Right Now when she was just 13 (and co-wrote 3 of the songs with Emily), and has invited Emily to be on the lineup for his annual “Countriest of the Country” benefit show during the week of CMA Fest in Nashville each year.
As her career has evolved from “cute-kid performer” to serious artist with her own backing band, Emily has opened up for the likes of Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum, Tracy Lawrence, David Nail, A Thousand Horses, Craig Campbell, Casey James and many more. She gained national fame with back-to-back appearances on the hit Fox TV show American Idol, having made it to the Top 48 in season 14, then most recently making it to the top 24 in it’s farewell season. These appearances have already knocked down more doors for her, as in recent months she has been invited on stage to perform duets with the likes of Kelsea Ballerini, Lauren Alaina, and Cassadee Pope! 2016 is already off to an amazing start, and we can’t wait to see what her bright future has in store for her!
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