For as long as Emma can remember, she has expressed herself through music. When she was just a little girl, she chose ballet classes over team sports and sang everywhere she went, all the time. Emma immediately fell in love with the idea of performing for an audience after her parents took her to a few different professional musicals that passed through town. Her dream was to then someday perform in New York City on a Broadway stage. Little did she know, that dream would become a reality sooner than anyone had ever anticipated.
At the age of thirteen, Emma made her Broadway debut in the 2008 revival of Gypsy starring Patti LuPone. Then, in 2009, she performed in the Broadway Revival of Bye Bye Birdie. During her time in New York City, she had the honor to perform with the New York Pops Orchestra at Carnegie Hall on two very special occasions. Looking back on that particular experience, Emma remarks, “I don't think I have ever been so nervous in my entire life as I was before I stepped out onto that legendary stage!”
During these experiences in New York City, Emma began playing guitar and writing her own songs. She quickly became enthralled with the process and wrote at least two songs a day for about a year. In 2010, she released her first EP titled "Emma Rowley" featuring five of these songs she recorded and produced completely on her own in her childhood bedroom. (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/emma-rowley-ep/id407200386)
As her creativity blossomed and matured, it began to move in some truly exciting directions. In November of 2011, Emma made her first trip down to Nashville, TN to record a song that she co-wrote (co-writers: Nicole Sullivan, Bill Steins, Lori Wycoff) for Fighting Faces; a truly incredible cancer foundation based in Columbus, Ohio closely associated with the awesome Jack Hanna. Emma would like to thank Lori Wycoff for putting together this organization. A portion of the proceeds made from their efforts to sell this song will go to families dealing with cancer so please purchase this single on iTunes! (http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/i-am-single/id484776250)
Emma traveled back to Nashville in the spring of 2012 and recorded "The Summer EP" album with the help of producer Dan Hagen and engineer Mark Niemiec. It is currently available on iTunes (http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-summer-ep/id536560780) and other music distribution sites such as CDBaby.com (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/emmarowley14) and can also be heard on her YouTube channel or in the “Music” section of this website.
After winning a national contest online through digitalrodeo.com and eventful.com in the fall of 2012 for their “Next Country Star”, Emma was able to again record in Nashville; this time with the incredibly talented recording artist and producer, Bryan White.
Emma is currently a senior at Belmont University in Nashville, studying commercial voice and songwriting while also working on her career as a recording artist. Her musical interests and the genre she aims to make music in has changed quite a lot since she first began her musical adventure in college almost four years ago. Emma would like to express, “I’m so thankful for this time of growth, as it has helped me to further step into who I truly am as a creator of music. Be on the look out for very new and very different tunes from me this year. I can't wait to share my new sound with you!”