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If it wasn’t for the broad musical tastes of her parents, Emily Fennell might not have decided to build a career in music. At a young age, she was fed the music of many genres from legendary musicians such as Stevie Wonder, Emmylou Harris, Aretha Franklin and Carole King. It was early on in her life that Fennell knew she was destined to make a living out of her music. Special performance appearances began at the age of 10 and from then on Emily and her family traveled all over Ontario attending singing competitions and music festivals. She began performing the bar circuit between Toronto and Ottawa as a solo act at the age of 17 and nearly ten years later, continues to do so.
“I haven’t gotten sick of the bar scene yet,” says Fennell. “I feel very comfortable gigging in bars. I meet interesting people and enjoy the casual atmosphere. It might not interest me forever, but for now, it’s a really fun way to earn a living!”
In 2004, Fennell broadened her career as a solo artist and started performing in bands. The formations of Emily Fennell Band (original rock/ pop), Soul Flight (classic R&B/ Motown) and Duran Duran Duran (80’s covers) in 2004 were eventually joined by Emily Fennell Blues Band (blues covers), Sugarplum (original alt-country/ roots) and Soul Flight Trio (jazz standards). Fennell continues to perform as a solo act in and around South-Eastern Ontario as well as with her bands. Performing nearly 250 shows in 2007 alone, she has broadened her bar gigging schedule to include everything from festivals to fairs to weddings. Fennell has opened for the likes of The Jim Cuddy Band, Sarah Harmer, The Wilkinsons, Tom Wilson, Jann Arden, Chantal Kreviazuk, Sass Jordan, Steppenwolf and Buffy Saint-Marie.
“I enjoy the perks of my career. I’m self-managed, produced and promoted and therefore enjoy the freedoms of self-employment,” boasts Fennell. “It’s a great life making music!”
Fennell has released several CDs to date including original albums “Green” (2004), “Miss Twisted” (Sugarplum, 2008) and “Emily Fennell Band Live at the Merchant Tap House” (2008). She continues to perform in and around South-Eastern Ontario at bars and festivals and with some national touring planned for 2008, hopes to grow as a more sought-after independent artist on the Canadian scene.
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