Em & The Fates is Emily's musical brainchild, a band for which she performs as lead vocalist/front-woman and writes the original music. Em & The Fates is a Brooklyn-based septet whose rich three part harmonies and soul/pop arrangements hark back to an old school soundscape, glittering with nostalgia, yet anchored in lyrics that evoke contemporary themes. Their music is audacious, calling on the past in style and falling into the present in content, often subverting expectations of the two nestled side by side. The Fates have a live, big band, organic sound, with brushstrokes of Amy Winehouse and The Supremes and are often compared to fellow contemporaries, such as Lake Street Dive and Sister Sparrow. Certain tunes breathe a little more pop, others a bit more funk or rock, but the connective tissue is that they're inspired by a sound that’s come before.
Em’s deep-seated proclivity for the female “throwback” sound led her to create her own cabaret-jazz show entitled Emily Kron: Canvas, in which Em and her creative producer, Claire Graves, curated songs from all different genres to rearrange and re-sculpt, all with an eye towards the vintage. It's in this setting that she premiered her first original tunes. In a way, Canvas evolved into Em & The Fates, who had their first official show at a small east village venue called The Sidewalk Cafe in June 2015. At this very show, they played many of Em's first batch of original tunes, most of which will appear on their upcoming self-titled EP: Em & The Fates. Em, Casey, Catherine (her backup singers) and creative producer Claire are women united by a strong identification with feminism, gender/race equality and other socio-political ideologies that have driven Em’s writing immensely. They are also blessed to be supported by a team of male instrumentalists who foster the creation of the music and its message. Songs like Prey, Beautiful Life, Later Lady, Her Story, Not Your Woman, Snake and many more are songs grounded in that soulful soundscape, with lyrics and storytelling geared consciously towards empowerment and unity.
Since that very first show, Em & The Fates has played Drom, The Bitter End, Rockwood Musical Hall (their largest stage on three separate occasions) The Delancey, 54 Below, The Metropolitan Room, BB King and many more wonderful New York venues. They appeal to people spanning the demographic spectrum in age, sexuality and background, truly focused on uniting listeners, rather than speaking to a singular group.
They are so incredibly thrilled to share their first studio EP with the world (arriving May 2017,) which they had the honor and pleasure of recording at The Relic Room in Chelsea and mixed at the awesome Studio G in Greenpoint. Em also directed her first music video for their song Prey, which will be available in tandem with the EP! For Em, It is an absolute dream come true to be able to play her own music in the city in which she was raised, enacting radical love through sound and through words.
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