Berklee Summer Concert SeriesEmily Elbert
Raised in Texas on a musical diet of Antonio Carlos Jobim, James Taylor, and '60s radio, Emily Elbert fell in love with guitar when she was 15. Three years later, she released her first album of original music. Now at 22, Elbert has played over 350 shows internationally, from Alaska to Memphis, Austin to New York, as well as Italy, Scotland, Puerto Rico, Saint-Barthélemy, and Peru. Glamour magazine recently named her one of the Top Ten College Women of 2010, and her second album, Proof, was released in September. It features Elbert at her best, with strong melodies, straight-to-the-heart vocals, and intricate guitar work.
In the past few years, Elbert has opened for artists as diverse as Richie Havens, G-Love and Special Sauce, Raul Midon, Jorge Drexler, Janis Ian, Kaki King, Patty Larkin, and Kate Voegele. Fans from around the globe have watched her YouTube videos in droves, including over 300,000 views of her version of Michael Jackson's "Thriller." The Boston Folk Festival notes: "Emily is among the most glowing of the upcoming generation of American singer-songwriters, if 'upcoming' even applies to this phenom any longer."