Emily Merrell is an independent musician (jazz fusion, think Esperanza Spalding, Lianne La Havas, Kate Bush), and has just put out a new project coming. According to her:

“Masks is more than an album. It’s a mixed media exploration of disguise and disclosure, featuring work from over 35 professional artists. It’s been two years in the making,”

Emily Merrell describes her sound as one that anchors somewhere between art pop and cinematic jazz fusion (Kate Bush meets Janelle Monae), weaving playful and evocative lyrics through colorful harmonies and energetic grooves. Inspired by her fascination with our human tendency to pose, posture, and conceal, Emily’s new project explores themes of disguise and disclosure. Hear her:

“Masks can be calculated or unconscious; liberating or constricting; subversive, strategic, coquettish, coercive, and everything is layered.”

Having completed a Master of Music in Jazz Performance from the world-renown University of North Texas, Emily puts her skills to use as a full time performer, composer, band leader/producer, and music educator. Emily also finds a labor of love in her original podcast, “Artifice,” wherein she interviews professional artists about the origins and development of their creativity, the logistics of life as an “artpreneur,” and their strategies for blending vulnerability with veneer as they cultivate creative resilience. This lets you know that she is really knee deep in the arts and lives it to the fulness.

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