Singer-songwriter Emi Meyer was born in Kyoto to a Japanese mother and American Father. After moving to Seattle as a child, Meyer honed her vocal skills which eventually led her to win the 2007 Seattle-Kobe Jazz vocalist competition. She has gone on to perform at multiple festivals and collaborated with artists including Colbie Caillat, Yael Naim, Joe Henry, Brett Dennen and more.
Her debut album, Curious Creature came in 2009 which reached #1 on Japan’s iTunes Jazz Charts leading her to be crowned as iTunes Japan’s best new artist. Next came her critically acclaimed album Suitcase of Stones where she worked with Grammy Award winning sound engineer Husky Höskulds (Norah Jones and Sheryl Crow) and birthed songs that went on to be featured in commercials for Mitsubishi UFJ, Morgan Stanley, Dannon, Seiko, and Lexus. Her songs have also been featured in popular TV shows including MTV’s “Awkward” and TV Land’s “Younger”.
Her latest album, Monochrome was released in Japan on September 2 and debuted at #1. The album will release in 2016 on Seattle based jazz label, Origin, and will feature original songs for the US market.
“A true artist is someone who thinks from her heart, who will tell you what she feels, not what she thinks or knows. Not only is Emi a true artist, but she brings out the artist in everyone. I felt it from the first day we started writing together.” – Brett Dennen
“It was such an enjoyable experience singing on Emi’s new album. Her songs are so strong and her beautiful voice makes it so much fun to sing along with. Emi seems to have an easy, laid-back approach to life. I definitely felt her flowing energy in the studio working with her. And I feel like this energy, this easiness, definitely comes through in her songs. It was very inspiring to see and be a part of.” – Priscilla Ahn