Ask Emma Torrison about her craft, and she’ll tell you that she writes music about the people who make her lonely and for the people who don’t.
One might assume that words this wise could only come from a veteran musician who’s been through more than their share of ups and downs. In fact, Emma Torrison, is all of 15 years old. By day, she navigates the halls of New York’s LaGuardia High School. At night she writes and performs original music under the name Emmrose.
Though eager to share the fact that LaGuardia High was the launchpad for the likes of Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Aniston, and other celebrated stars, Emmrose isn’t chasing fame. Though her music is influenced by today’s alternative pop stars like Lorde and Billie Eilish, Emmrose also draws inspiration from artists like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Elton John. Still, when asked about her current favorite artist she emphatically shouts “Radiohead!”
Born and raised in lower Manhattan, Emmrose began playing piano at the age of eight.
“I was at Sunday School when I came across a brown, upright piano sitting alone in a room. I remember sitting alone and playing an A-minor chord. I didn’t know what that was yet. I played some other chords and before I knew it, I had written my first instrumental song.”
By the age of 12, she was writing and performing her own music at piano recitals. A year later, she took to pop music as a way to express her experiences with friendships and teen romances. In recent years, Emmrose taught herself to play the ukulele and the electric bass.
In 2016, Emmrose began collaborating with EDM artist, Rebecca ‘Krystalmath’ Rossi, at her Manhattan studio. Together, the two wrote and recorded “Can You Feel It?” which is set for release early 2019. According to Emmrose, the song has a fairly simple premise. “It’s about someone you’d like to scream at for not feeling the same way.”
Emmrose also records her music at the Behind the Curtains studio in Brooklyn with producer, Mike Abiuso. She also studies voice with the world-renowned vocal teacher, Dr. William Riley and with Berklee Assistant Professor, Dominic Sahagun.
Emmrose performs live at New York City music venues including Rockwood, The Bitter End, and Prohibition. She is finishing work on her debut EP.
Emmrose, even at age 15, is planning for everything life gives her. “If this music thing takes off, I’ll go with that,” she says. “I’ll write more, do more and have a blast. If nothing happens, then I’ll still be okay. I’ll never stop writing. It’s too important. Really.”