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Cinematographer: Chris O'Konski

In just one year, Miami native Emily Greene was able to pull off more than most New York musicians can pull off in five years. She released her debut album to a sold out show at Joe's Pub, her music has been featured on nationally aired tv shows, she was chosen as an opening act for folk favorite Dar Williams, and she plays sold out shows at notorious New York City rock clubs to silent and mesmerized crowds. Not to mention her collection of glowing reviews- some saying she is a 'snarkier Tori Amos', and another saying that same comparison is too cliche for her; the bottom line is that Emily Greene climbed her way out of the pool of hundreds- maybe thousands of singer/songwriters in the big city and has been getting tons of the right kind of attention.

Before Emily even released her debut album, a number of industry leaders gathered behind her, beginning with Dan Romer, producer behind artists like Ingrid Michaelson and Jenny Owen Youngs. Dan teamed up with Emily to release her album, Is This What You Had in Mind on June 1st, 2010. She began touring shortly thereafter and booking residencies at major New York clubs like Rockwood Music Hall.

The Album boasts layered harmonies and slow grooves, with memorable hooks like "Oceans and Waves" mixed with heavier pop anthems like "Starting Fresh." The title track, "Is This What You Had in Mind," is a dissonant melancholic confession that resolves in arpeggios and harmonies that haunt the corners of your mind long after the song ends.

Emily credits the uniqueness of her sound to the jazz circle that she fell into while attending Berklee College of Music, where she jammed with jazz heads Tom Stoepker and Pascal Le Boeuf and soon became a staple in the Boston jazz scene. Her experience in the jazz world paired with her emotive and catchy songwriting led her to being a favorite in the Boston scene, and with an album in the works she left for New York City to pursue the dream of developing and sharing her music more widely.

Emily Greene is now working on recording a follow up album and is collaborating with Pascal Le Boueuf on a trip hop album under the name 'Kissy Girls'.

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