A Philly-native, with deep roots connected to music and the area, Emily shares stories of her early days being exposed to musical theatre and Philly Folk Fest, beginning songwriting in college and then joining a band for a run of performing on cruise ships in the Mediterranean. Then to return home and to producing her own music – the 2017 EP Run The Race, and the 2022 album Starting to Feel.
Emily also performs live during the show – a song that is not yet complete! (If you have an idea for the bridge, let her know!)
Emily Drinker is an award-winning singer-songwriter from Philadelphia. She blends folk, pop, and rock with a high-energy band and soulful 3-part harmonies through live looping. Emily has been featured by NPR Music, Philadelphia’s WXPN, and played at many regional festivals including Firefly, Musikfest, and the Philadelphia Folk Festival. In the summer of 2022 Emily opened for rock icon Pat Benatar, songwriting legend JD Souther, and bass virtuoso Bakithi Kumalo (Paul Simon’s Graceland). In addition to her busy performance schedule in Philly and its surrounding areas, Emily enjoys working as a session vocalist doing sync work for national TV shows. Most recently, Emily’s band won a contest that awarded them a slot playing on the Martin Guitar Main Stage at the 60th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival in August, which was a dream come true for this rising star. Emily released her first EP, Run the Race, in 2017 and her most recent release is 2022’s Starting to Feel.