Emmy the Great
|Born||4 November 1983|
|Labels||Drowned in Sound, Fear And Records, Moshi Moshi, , Bella Union|
|Younghusband, Three Trapped Tigers, Elizabeth Sankey,Brighton Port Authority, Dev Hynes, Ash|
|Dani Markham |
Moss was born in Hong Kong to an English father and a Chinese mother. Interested in music from a young age, she used to go by train to her nearest Tower Records shop so that she could buy the only non-Chinese music they had and, as a result, she developed a liking for bands such as Weezer, The Smashing Pumpkins, and The Lemonheads.
A British citizen through her father and with the ending of Hong Kong's status as a British colony, she returned with her family to London at the age of 12.
Her first appearance was as a singer on Falling Off the Lavendar Bridge by Lightspeed Champion  She first emerged under the name Emmy the Great in 2006, when she released a series of free demos over the internet, while studying contemporary music at the University of Westminster
She began writing her debut album, First Love, in "dilapidated studios" owned by The Earlies in rural Lancashire and was released in February 2009. It spawned the singles We Almost Had A Baby and First Love. The album was received with generally positive reviews, while The New York Times compiled their list of "Best Albums of the Year 2009" and ranked First Love at No. 7.
Her second album, Virtue, was released on 13 June 2011. The album's lead single "Iris" was released as a digital download on 29 April 2011. Speaking of the album's recording process, Moss said that, "It's been a very strange few months, and I can't wait to make a record of them".
Both albums are released on Emmy's own label Close Harbour Records.
She has also worked with alternative rock band Ash (for whom she has shown great admiration) on an acoustic studio re-recording of the single "D" - "Tracers" and also performed with them on their A-Z tour. Moss recorded a cover of Ash's song "Burn Baby Burn" which was the B-side to her single "First Love". In 2013, she announced on her Facebook page that she had contributed vocals and lyrics to Gabriel Bruce's debut album.
Emma has written for The Guardian, Vice Media and for music magazine The Stool Pigeon. An article of hers, based on her time in Omaha with Lightspeed Champion, is featured in the Stool Pigeon compilation book Grace Under Pressure. Her writing styles have been praised as being poetic.