Emily Grove Overcame Bullying and Found her Voice
Emily Grove is a singer and guitar player, but she laughingly admits to also play a bit of mandolin when asked. She has been playing and singing for 16 years. Her producer says it best when he describes her performance: "It's like Patty Griffin got in a fist fight with Nick Cave."
Emily's influences are the Cranberries, Joni Mitchell, PJ Harvey, and Emmylou Harris, and she describes herself as "a bit Alternative Folk."
She loves reading poetry, novels, and short stories, and gets the excitement from those stories to start writing. People watching is another source of her inspiration, and a way to get her writing: the good, the bad, and the ugly!
When she was about 11 years old, she started getting bullied. So much so that she started to lose her voice. She explains: "I was so full of life and then a bunch of mean girls made me doubt myself. So I started taking singing lessons after switching schools, and was able to gain my voice back. About a year later, I started guitar lessons and then started playing out at coffee houses and at school talent shows. People seemed to really like me and my voice, so I was officially bitten by the bug!"
Emily went even further and took opera lessons to learn how to control her voice, and in doing so, fell in love with classical music. She went to Berklee College of Music for a couple of years and then became a full time musician.
"I have seen and done some pretty amazing things," she says. "And if it hadn't been for bullies, I'm not sure I would have found my purpose. So in a weird way, I'm glad about my past!"
Emily will be performing at All Things Local's very first music event this Sunday, Feb 25th from 2pm - 4pm. This free event is open to our community of customers and friends, so come and join us!
- Anne Hamilton