Singer / Songwriter / Actress
Fueled by unflinching optimism and an authentic desire to help others, Emily Faith is a fresh new voice in contemporary country music. While her sound has accents of pop, blues and rock & roll, it is unquestionably rooted in the country music of her upbringing. “It’s my life, my home,” she says, “It’s what I always return to. It’s where I’m supposed to be.”
Emily first took the stage when she was just five years-old, singing in a talent competition in her hometown of Kingfisher, Oklahoma. Performing “Jesus Loves Me,” the only song she knew at the time, she captivated the judges, readily winning the contest. Not long after, she hit the Oklahoma and Texas Opry circuit, standing on stages that had been graced by many iconic country artists. The Opry circuit provided a solid training ground for the up and coming singer-songwriter, allowing her to gain performing experience, to connect with other artists and to learn more about the heritage of country music.
Emily is a prolific composer and has been writing songs since she was 8 years-old. Her main influences are Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and Chris Stapleton, yet she also has deep reverence for the greats such as Reba McIntyre, Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn. In addition to her original music, Emily’s extensive repertoire includes classics from celebrated country artists such as Patsy Cline, Don Williams, Meryl Haggard and countless others. In recent years, Emily has been involved in multiple collaborative projects, working with esteemed songwriters such as Zak Maloy and Clint Lagerberg, who have written songs for Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban respectively. She’s also recorded with Ken Caillat, former producer for Fleetwood Mac, and Emmy-nominated producer Eric Berdon.
Although relatively young, Emily has already built an impressive resume that includes appearances at high-profile venues such as House of Blues, SXSW, Six Flags, Loretta Lynn’s Ranch, Disneyland, Tootsie’s, Bluebird Café, NAMM and a 50-city road trip with the Newsboys as part of their “God’s Not Dead” tour. Emily has also performed the national anthem for numerous events, including NASCAR races, professional bull riding events and several games with the Oklahoma Thunder. She’s a five-time recipient of the Oklahoma and North American Country Music Association’s Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year award, in all categories. She’s also been honored as a Featured Artist with Radio Disney.
Because of her intense focus on music and performing, Emily has not always engaged in the same activities as her peers such as slumber parties and football games. At times, she’s felt the social sting of being different. This inspired her to launch her “Write Your Own Story” campaign, a heartfelt effort to encourage people to pursue their passions, become their authentic selves and to support others in doing the same. Emily is committed to sharing this message wherever she can and frequently goes into schools to talk with younger kids. “Helping people has always made me happy,” she explains. Her song “Write Your Own Story,” was commissioned by the American Heart Association for Go Red, a movement to raise awareness about heart health for women. Emily has also volunteered her time and talents to many other organizations such as Folds of Honor and Race for the Cure. Service to others is core to Emily’s character, a product of her strong faith in God and love of family.
Emily divides her time between her home in Kingfisher and Nashville, where she has a supportive professional network and is engaged in a variety of projects. When she’s not recording or performing, Emily enjoys musical theater, dance and pageants. These activities speak to her performer’s sensibilities and also allow her to spend time with other young people, something that the demands of her career can sometimes limit. Emily describes herself as a “naturally happy and positive person” and this is evident in her music. Her songs reflect on a range of topics- first crushes, break-ups, disappointment- and she crafts carefully, always bringing the listener back to a place of hope, of enduring optimism. Perhaps these lyrics best capture Emily’s spirit, “Even if it’s pouring out, raining down showers, just think about tomorrow’s flowers.”