Nneka / Emily Elbert
If not a musician, Nneka might have made an excellent investigative journalist or perhaps a philosopher. In truth, both disciplines embody her art.
She uses triumphant brass and uplifting reggae rhythms illuminate her journey into the heart of darkness and an uncertain future. "My Home," featured on her album, is about her quest and searching for a place in life to feel comfortable, not knowing where to go. In the end, realizing there is actually no peace on earth until you accept that both bad and good is part of life. Nneka's songs may begin with personal experiences and homegrown sentiments, but global appeal imbues her music and its message, to transcend both the geographic and aesthetic boundaries.
Emily Elbert first fell in love with guitar when she was 14. Electrified, she dove into writing, singing, performing, and recording, and set her sights on attending Berklee College of Music. She soon landed a coveted spot in the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Foundation’s jazz ensemble, and was awarded a four-year, full-tuition scholarship. Now the recent Berklee graduate has played over 500 shows internationally, released three independent albums of original material, and won awards on both sides of the Atlantic.