Emelise is a singer/songwriter musician from Denver, whose passion for making music often has her listeners referring to her as an old soul. Her style is a folk-rock, Americana blend. Emelise has been playing live music in front of crowds since she was six years old. She enjoys street performing which has led to her booking shows across the country at coffee shops, farmer’s markets, microbreweries, festivals, and music venues.
Originally from Connecticut, before becoming a western transplant, Anna May is a singular artist whose songs bear a placelessness that lends to their timeless nature.
The deep exploration of heartbreak and trauma has been an ongoing quest throughout Anna’s work. Her lyrics have been heavily textured by a lonesome whimsicality that finds itself most at home in the vastness of the American West.
Anna’s music honors the nomadic spirit with memory, meditation & fresh interpretations of folk music and jazz influence. She honors a hope to enhance connection, humility, healing, and joy among people in the process of parting with typical genre rules.
Anna’s lyrical sensibility is steeped in wisdom, and layered with evocative musicality and metaphysical embroidery while eschewing the mainstream & parting with platitudes. Anna explores both estrangement and connection while taking cues from artists like Billie Holiday, Shawn Colvin, Neil Young, and Leonard Cohen.
Her songs are tender, immersive, moodscapes & a deep dive into introspective, meditative soundscapery with an expansive, western folk flare, while exploring the fragile intersection of nature & humanity.
Ethereal & whimsical, sensitive & heavy, Anna blends the musical influence of her classical, folk & jazz rooted upbringing, into a wholly unique creative trajectory. From a youth spent submerged in sonic textures, to teenage years discovering visionaries of folk & authenticity, like Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen & many others, Anna has over time deepened the resonance, resolve and clarity of a voice that is distinctly her own and that craves truthful expression.
She has as much an affinity for jazz and fifties pop as she does for folk & 90s alternative, all serving to enhance the understated power of her songs, with an ultimate quest for the healing medicine of meditation & a great need to explore weighty societal & spiritual themes & concepts of social justice. Anna has opened for artists like Amythyst Kiah & Jann Klose.
Anna has performed at Wildflower Music & Arts Festival, Treefort Music Festival, Boston Arts Festival, Water Lantern Festival, Trout Lake Hall, Abbey Arts in Seattle, Globe Hall in Denver, Salesforce Tower in San Francisco, Broadway Comedy Club in Manhattan, the Mint in Los Angeles, Spiderhouse Ballroom in Austin, Rockwood Music Hall in Boston, and many more.