© 2019 by EM & The Gems

WHO WE ARE

EM is a critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter from London, UK. She began training as a classical pianist at the age of four, performed internationally, and received two degrees in classical piano as a child. Soon after her move to Los Angeles, she met GRAMMY-nominated producer Bruce Witkin (Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson), and together, they released her solo debut EP, “What I Want To Say To You”, an album dedicated to sexual assault survivors and her personal experience of sexual assault.

Now, EM is releasing a new 12-track concept album, “REBORN”, with her band Em & The Gems. The Gems include bass legend Melvin Brannon Jr. (Booker T. Jones) and drummer Tyler Hammond (Limp Bizkit, Fred Durst) who have been highly influential in creating the unique sound of “REBORN”, as well as Shay Capolupo (guitar) and Will Fowler (keys).

“REBORN”, feels like a carnival for the senses – now an intimate moment tucked away in a smoky speakeasy, next an eruption of vitality and sound that energizes and lifts the spirit. Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, “REBORN” is her journey through hell, hope and renewal after surviving a brutal rape. Musically, the album explores themes of regained strength, sexuality, power and how music ultimately saved her. As a full-blown performance with dancers and breathtaking piano solos, EM’s unique musical style features elements of jazz, classical, rock and pop combined with her extraordinary stage presence to create a moving and unforgettable experience that touches the soul.     

A band of true talent, Em & The Gems are currently working on new material and are delving into even more musical styles. REBORN will be released everywhere September 9, 2019.

Releasing their first album with GRAMMY nominated Bruce Witkin, Em & The Gems are making a statement on the LA music scene, and were recently invited to open for members of Earth, Wind & Fire at the world-famous Viper Room in West Hollywood.

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EM is a British critically acclaimed classical pianist and singer songwriter. Her debut EP, What I Want To Say To You, was born from her personal experience of sexual assault and dedicated to survivors and received wide critical acclaim. 

“A rising music star” – Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global

“EM joins artists such as Lady Gaga and Tori Amos in giving a voice to those who need it most.” – Hard Rock Cafe

Lead Vocals, Piano, Songwriter, Band Leader

EM

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Originally from Chicago, Melvin Brannon Jr Forté is a bass legend. Lead bass player for Booker T. Jones for the past 8 years, Forté's experience dates back to 1984 with the Dan Reed Network. He has toured with and supported The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Prince, Eric Clapton amongst many others.

Bass, Additional Vocals

Melvin Brannon Jr Forté

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Born and raised in Simi Valley, CA, Tyler Hammond is a phenomenal drummer who has his own residency in the centre of Hollywood at Black Rabbit Rose, with The Tyler Hammond Jazz Experience. Noticed at a young age by Fred Durst, Tyler frequently works with Fred, Limp Bizkit and many other musicians.

Drums

Tyler Hammond

Shay Capolupo is a jazz guitarist and composer, born in Simi Valley, CA. 

Guitar

Shay Capolupo

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Will Fowler was born in London, UK. A classically trained pianist and singer from the age of 4, he enjoys performing a variety of different musical genres both across the US and UK; with solo shows and as a session musician. After studying at the Royal Academy of Music and other world leading music institutions, Will has gained many TV appearances and has been performing at major venues across the globe including; London’s Royal Albert Hall, LA’s Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Viper Room. 

Keyboards, Additional Vocals

Will Fowler