Emma-Lee is a Canadian pop singer, songwriter and photographer based in Toronto, Ontario. She is considered a mezzo-soprano and is a self-taught vocalist.

Early life

Emma-Lee was born in Toronto and raised in Markham, Ontario. She started playing guitar at age 14 and credits her father for teaching her. She soon began writing her own songs.

Published works


Never Just a Dream

She released her debut album Never Just a Dream in 2008 to critical acclaim from the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail. The album was picked up by Bumstead Records and re-released on March 3, 2009. Her vocal style is frequently compared to k.d. lang, Norah Jones and Feist. No Depression magazine described Never Just a Dream as "an album so full of ideas and potential that it is hard to know how to properly frame a description of its contents. It is a collection of songs that's far more than the sum of its influences" and dubbed her "the voice to remember from 2009."

Emma-Lee's song "That Sinking Feeling" was featured as the single of the week on iTunes Canada.

Backseat Heroine

On February 7, 2012, she released her long awaited second album Backseat Heroine, co-produced by Emma-Lee, Karen Kosowski and Marc Rogers. The album features collaborations with Nicole Atkins, Jill Barber and Luke Doucet. Most of the album was tracked at The Chalet, a studio near Uxbridge, Ontario. Backseat Heroine blends multiple musical genres including pop, country, soul and rock. According to her online biography, "Emma-Lee's goal was to make a record that lived and breathed in its own world and could cross genres while still being a soundscape that was complete from start to finish."



  • 2009: Never Just a Dream (Bumstead Records)
  • 2012: Backseat Heroine (eOne Music Canada)


YearSinglePeak positions
CAN Hot ACCBC Radio 2
2011"Shot In The Dark"
2014"What Would Tom Petty Do"9
2015"All The Way"
2016"Worst Enemy"1824"—" denotes releases that didn't chart

Awards and nominations

- 2014, won for best female vocalist in NOW Magazine's best of Toronto feature.

- 2013, her album Backseat Heroine won "Best Adult Contemporary Album" and the video for "Shadow of a Ghost" was nominated for "Best Short Form Music Video" for the twelfth annual Independent Music Awards.

- 2013, her album Backseat Heroine won the twelfth annual Independent Music Awards Vox Pop Fan Choice Award for "Best Adult Contemporary Album" and the video for "Shadow of a Ghost" won the Independent Music Awards Vox Pop Fan Choice Award for "Best Short Form Music Video."

- 2013, won for best female vocalist in NOW Magazine's best of Toronto feature.

- 2012, co-winner ROKKY Award for "Best Album"

- 2012, nominated for a CBC Radio 3 BUCKY award in the category of Hottest Pipes.

- 2010, Emma-Lee's song "Until We Meet Again" from the album Never Just a Dream won in the ninth annual Independent Music Awards as "best love song".

Film/TV placements


  • sings backing vocals on the album "Let Me Prove It To You" by Steve Strongman (2014)
  • sings backing vocals on the album "Rustbucket" by Sean Pinchin (2013)
  • sings on "I Put a Spell On You" and "Ne Me Quitte Pas" on Jesse Cook's "The Blue Guitar Sessions" album (2012)
  • sings a duet with country music artist Josh Macumber on his song "Tomorrow" (Josh Macumber Was Here, 2012)
  • sings on "It Was You" by Peter Katz (Still Mind Still, 2012)
  • sings on Jill Barber's song "Took Me By Surprise" (Mischievous Moon, 2011)
  • sings on Rob Szabo's song "Something Like Me" (Rob Szabo, 2011)

Songwriting credits

You Don't Know How To Love Me, Shake!Mike ToddGood Man (album)Independent
Live On Your LoveSATERed Black & BlueCLK Creative Works
CrushMadeline MerloFree SoulOpen Road Recordings
I'm So Over Getting Over YouKira IsabellaSingleSony Music Canada
Salt WaterLeah DanielsWhat It Feels LikeIndependent
A Little Bit Goes A Long WayRiver Town SaintsSingleOpen Road Recordings
Public & Come Back To MeReignThe Beginning EPIndependent
Only The Strong SurviveAleeSingleWax Records
SawdustVictoria DuffieldAccelerateWarner Music Canada
You Carry MeAsh & BloomLet The Storm ComeThe Orange Lounge Recording Company
What I Want & Pick Me Up, Dust Me OffCarleton StoneDraws BloodGroundswell Music
LionessKat MosconeThe Next StarSony Music Canada
Goodbye GravityDante ScottThe Next StarSony Music Canada
One More LightAleeThis Road Goes EverywhereIndependent
Waiting For WishesSteven TaetzSteven TaetzIndependent
U TurnAngela SainiLeapIndependent
Grain Of SandLarra SkyeWishing TreeIndependent
Cabin Fever & Man Up!Tia BrazdaCabin FeverRebeluck Records
SheetsCarleton StoneCarleton StoneGroundswell Music
Fall ApartSabrina CarpenterSingleIndependent
It Won't Be Christmas 'Til You're HereJulie CrochetièreSingleIndie Soul