Project Description

A native of Chicago & based in NYC, Emily Cavanagh is an independent artist. Her 3 EPs to date (blending Americana, folk, jazz, and indie pop sounds) reflect the throwback sounds of the 30s, 40s,50s while maintaining a great pop sensibility. Her first full length record “Keep it with Mine,” released in 2013, produced by grammy nominated, Leo Sidran( ben sidran, motorcycle diaries, garcia lorca) generated a great deal of work as a performer in New York venues of note such as Rockwood Music Hall, The Living Room, The Blue Note, City Winery, Hiro Ballroom. It also landed her features in American Songwriter, The Guardian, USA Today, Ditty TV, AXS and other notable publications. Since then, she has grown her audience to national & international tours —playing regularly in NYC, Chicago(Schubas), Nashville, Memphis, California, and Dublin (touring with Irish multi-platinum singer-songwriters, Dublin’s beloved singer/songwriters Paddy Casey and Mundy.) Her EP “Paper Moon” released in 2017, chronicles her travels abroad, plays on Irish radio, and features the single “Coming Home” which AXS did a feature story on last year. On the heels of this success, she released a live covers album, “Bootlegs from the Continental.” She is becoming a regular on the festival circuit & is happy to be playing Elkhart Jazz Fest again this year.

In addition to working as a performer, Emily is a published songwriter. The instrumental of her song “Treehouse” was featured in the 2017 trailer for Woody Harrelson & Fox Searchlight’s film, “Wilson.” This placement led to other opportunities for co-writes and writing for bands in Nashville and NYC, and international acts-she is also currently a lyricist for the band Neeksens in Paris.

Emily runs her own LLC, combining her work as a musician and activist —bringing music into the shelter system for homeless, refugee, and immigrant communities across New York City as well as to people with Alzheimer’s. With a Masters in social work from NYU, and a Bachelors degree in Music from Webster University, she works both as a musician and freelancer for arts-non-profits bringing music to underserved communities. She has performed at The United Nations where her original song “Dark was the Night” plays in honor of survivors of the Rwandan Genocide. Her music is available on all major music platforms- follow along on Instagram, Spotify, Pandora, Tidal, YouTube, Apple Music, &

Emily will joined by Nir Sadovnik on piano & Frank Wagner on bass.