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Emmy the Great

Emmy the Great
Background information
Emma-Lee Moss
Born (1983-11-04) 4 November 1983 (age 35)[1]
Hong Kong
OriginLondon, England
LabelsDrowned in Sound, Fear And Records, Moshi Moshi, , Bella Union
Younghusband, Three Trapped Tigers, Elizabeth Sankey,[3]Brighton Port Authority, Dev Hynes, Ash
  • Emma-Lee Moss
Dani Markham [4]

Emma-Lee Moss (born 4 November 1983),[5] known by her stage name Emmy the Great, is an English singer-songwriter. She has released three studio albums, First Love, Virtue and Second Love.

Early life and education

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.[6]

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.[7]

Personal life

During the writing of her second album Virtue, Moss' atheist fiancé underwent a religious conversion, and left her as a result. Her song Trellick Tower is thought to have been inspired by this.[8]

Musical career

Her first appearance was as a singer on Falling Off the Lavendar Bridge by Lightspeed Champion [9] 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[10]

She began writing her debut album, First Love, in "dilapidated studios" owned by The Earlies in rural Lancashire[11] 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.[12]

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".[13]

Both albums are released on Emmy's own label Close Harbour Records.

In 2013, she released the soundtrack for Sony Pictures' Austenland, featuring her original songs alongside the film's score by Ilan Eshkeri.

After signing to the British label Bella Union, her third album Second Love was released in 2016.[14]


She has collaborated with several other artists, most notably Dev Hynes and Fatboy Slim (as part of the Brighton Port Authority project).

She has also worked with alternative rock band Ash (for whom she has shown great admiration[15]) 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".[16] In 2013, she announced on her Facebook page that she had contributed vocals and lyrics to Gabriel Bruce's debut album.[17]

In 2011, a portrait of Emmy painted by British artist Joe Simpson was exhibited around the UK including a solo exhibition at The Royal Albert Hall.[18]

On 31 October 2012, Emmy teamed up with Kate Nash on Halloween in a re-enactment of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical episode (Once More with Feeling) with herself as Willow.[19]

In 2015, Emmy wrote the end song for Mystery Show, a podcast by the broadcaster Starlee Kine.[20]

In 2017, she wrote original music for Strangers, a series by the filmmaker Mia Lidofsky,[21] as well as the original songs for Sara Pascoe's stage adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.[22]


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.[23] Her writing styles have been praised as being poetic.[24]


Studio albums

Collaborative albums

  • This is Christmas (Infectious, 2011) with Tim Wheeler[26]
  • Austenland Original Movie Soundtrack (Madison Gate, 2011) with Ilan Eshkeri[27]

Live albums

  • Acoustic Bonus CD - Live at 12 Bar, London (Rough Trade Shops, 2009)


  • Take Me I'm Free self release (2006)
  • My Bad (Moshi Moshi, 2008)
  • Chris Moss EP Internet release (2007)
  • Edward (Close Harbour, 2009)
  • S (Bella Union, 2015) [28]


  • "Secret Circus/ The Hypnotist's Son" (Drowned in Sound, 2007)
  • "Gabriel" 7" (Moshi Moshi, 2007)
  • "We Almost Had A Baby" (Close Harbour, 2008)
  • "First Love" (Close Harbour, 2009)
  • "A Woman, A Woman, A Century of Sleep" complimentary download (2011)
  • "Iris" (Close Harbour, 2011)
  • "Paper Forest (In the Afterglow of Rapture)" (Close Harbour, 2011)
  • "God of Loneliness" (Close Harbour, 2012)
  • "Swimming Pool" (Bella Union, 2014)

Music videos

  • "Gabriel" 7" (Moshi Moshi, 2007)
  • "The Easter Parade" (2007)
  • "We Almost Had a Baby" (2008)
  • "First Love" (2009)
  • "MIA" (2009)
  • "Iris" (2011)
  • "Paper Forest" (2011)
  • "God of Loneliness" (2012)
  • "Swimming Pool" (2014)


  1. ^ Stoned Science. Viceland.
  2. ^ Williams, Laura. "Review: Emmy the Great at Bristol Fleece (11/10/11)". 247 Magazine. Archived from the original on 6 January 2012. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ http://www.nme.com/news/music/emmy-the-great-9-1294894
  4. ^ https://noisey.vice.com/en_us/article/rb84bz/scrapbook-emmy-the-great-flips-through-her-old-photo-albums
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 January 2017. Retrieved 2015.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Emmy the Great to release First Love". Music Remedy. 15 February 2009. Retrieved .
  7. ^ Adams, Sean (18 December 2009). "DiScover: Emmy the Great". DrownedinSound.com. Retrieved .
  8. ^ Simpson, Dave. "Emmy the Great - review (Sheffield Cathedral)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015.
  9. ^ http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=10108
  10. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/jun/12/arts-advice-bme-students
  11. ^ "Talking Shop: Emmy The Great". BBC. 10 February 2009. Retrieved .
  12. ^ Caramanica, Jon (18 December 2009). "Sumptuous Hip-Hop, Nashville Punk". NYtimes.com. Retrieved .
  13. ^ "Emmy The Great". PledgeMusic. Retrieved .
  14. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/mar/13/emmy-the-great-second-love-review-emma-lee-moss-algorithm-hyperlink-dance-w-me-lost-in-you
  15. ^ "Emmy the Great's Blog: Ash are Amazing". Myspace. Retrieved .
  16. ^ "Emmy the Great defends BBC 6music". For Folk's Sake. Retrieved .
  17. ^ "Emmy The Great - Hello, I am so excited that Gabriel Bruce... - Facebook". Facebook.com. Retrieved .
  18. ^ "Musician Portraits - Joe Simpson's paintings of rock stars". New Musical Express. 14 October 2011. Retrieved .
  19. ^ "Kate Nash marks Halloween by recreating Buffy The Vampire Slayer". New Musical Express. Retrieved 2013.
  20. ^ https://gimletmedia.com/show-category/mystery-show/page/2/
  21. ^ https://www.emmythegreat.com/about
  22. ^ https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/theatre-review-pride-and-prejudice-at-the-nottingham-playhouse-g9dqb2993
  23. ^ "Grace Under Pressure Book". The Stool Pigeon Shop. Retrieved .
  24. ^ DeSantis, Harrison. "Emmy the Great - Virtue". Culture And Technology Review Online. The Culture & Technology Review Online. Retrieved 2011.
  25. ^ "NME News Emmy The Great to release second album 'Virtue' in June - NME.COM". Nme.com. 11 April 2011. Retrieved .
  26. ^ "Tim Wheeler & Emmy The Great release 'This Is Christmas' today". Retrieved 2011.
  27. ^ http://www.indiewire.com/2013/08/review-austenland-starring-keri-russell-bret-mckenzie-jennifer-coolidge-94916/
  28. ^ "EMMY THE GREAT has a new EP coming titled 'S'". Bellaunion.com. Retrieved .

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