Grief comes in waves, but when it first hits it’s a tsunami that leaves everyone in its wake destroyed, clinging to the one they’ve lost. In her new single All The Way from her third album set for release in 2016, Emma-Lee sings for anyone who has ever lost a loved one too soon and refused to let go of them completely.
“I needed to tell the story of my Dad’s passing,” says the Toronto singer-songwriter, who found herself caught in an endless loop of mourning after his unexpected death in 2011. “My Dad left this world very suddenly, and I didn’t get a chance to say goodbye.”
With an emotionally raw vocal performance, All The Way is a slow burn to a fiery finish, effortlessly moving Emma-Lee into the realm of pop artist for the first time in her career.
“It’s more vulnerable than anything I have ever done,” the singer admits. “That was inevitable,” says Karen Kosowski, her longtime writing and producing partner. “This is a new chapter for Emma-Lee. She’s abandoned the ‘live off the floor’ recording style she developed with her bandmates (the sound heard on her second album, 2012’s Backseat Heroine), and found something more powerful and direct.” To achieve that, the singer and her producer left the city to get inspired, transforming a small 1950’s cottage in northern Ontario into a recording studio playground.
Emma-Lee emerged from that creative cocoon and years of grief with a true evolution of both spirit and sound, leading one to believe that sometimes it takes falling apart completely for a person to find themselves again.