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Singer, songwriter, activist, artist—Music as a means of healing is an idea that permeates and informs most of Emily Cavanagh’s life. A working musician in New York City, Cavanagh has recorded three records to date and played with some of the city’s finest musicians. This summer, she performed at New York City’s legendary Blue Note to great review. Cavanagh, a graduate of New York University, has spent nearly ten years combining two passions-music and service, traveling and playing music, while helping underserved and homeless young adults find their voice through the arts. A new addition to Broadway Musical Director, Mary Mitchell’s “Artists Striving to End Poverty,” Cavanagh will take on a project this fall working with other artists to bring music and the arts to youth living in poverty, in places like India, South Africa, and the Dominican Republic.
Cavanagh —born to a large Irish American family in Chicago, and living amongst the doers and dreamers of New York City — has an ebullient vocal style influenced by the singers of the forty’s and fifty’s, while maintaining a great pop sensibility. Cavanagh is a published songwriter, signed to a publishing deal with the boutique publishing company, Danger Village (distributed through Kobalt Music) in Los Angeles. Her music has been noticed by writers in LA, Chicago, and Ireland, where she often tours and plays, opening for the beloved Irish singer/songwriter, Paddy Casey.
Cavanagh’s record Keep it with Mine (produced by Leo Sidran, producer and writer for Steve Miller Band, Ben Sidran, and Motorcycle Diaries) features collaborations by Jeremy Zmuda and Nir Sadovnik, and was released in the summer of 2013, finding a home on stations like Pandora, Itunes, Spotify, independent radio, and publications such as American Songwriter and Blindfold Magazine. Korina Lopez, Music Journalist at USA Today tweeted about the project calling the record “a little gem.”
Since its release, Cavanagh has found success playing shows at The Living Room, Rockwood Music Hall, Manhattan’s Red Room, Chicago’s Schubas, LA’s Hotel Cafe, and a handful of performances at The United Nations, where her song “Dark was the Night” has been highlighted as a song honoring Rwandan Genocide survivors. This song has been performed at Georgetown University, The Jewish Museum of Heritage, along side the accompany music video, which has been honored by the UN.
Cavanagh has provided back up vocals for many musicians, primarily singer/songwriter, James Apollo at shows including his opening act for Lord Huron and Jimmy Lloyd’s NBC showcase. Her work has been heard in Garance Dore’s video, “Can anybody be a Photographer.” Her music is one of fifty songs chosen for a new music app called Shimmeo, where her song “So it Goes” was recently featured at NY Tech’s largest Meetup group at NYU’s Skirball Auditorium. Cavanagh can be seen every Wednesday night this fall at Seaport’s Paris Cafe, singing a mix of cover tunes and originals.
Cavanagh’s newest project, an EP, will feature collaborations from a variety of songwriters, producers, and musicians, and will be independently released in the new year.Cavanagh remains passionate about using her music to bring awareness to causes close to her heart, especially helping others find their voice while sharing her own with all of us.
Ever Kipp, Clara Rose Thorton
Tiny Human PR
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Whelan’s Indie DJ w/ Late Bar.