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Chloe Albert, Emma Cook
Mon, Nov 23
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Emma Cook

 "Your ears will not be bored with Emma Cook's sultry voice, witty lyrics, and artisan acoustics. .... 'Hit & Run' would play seamlessly in any coffeehouse anywhere in the world. It could easily take the edge off the strongest barista dealt buzz and sedate you with a false sense of coffeehouse coolness."
METRO SPIRIT/Augusta, GA, 2009

Since the release of 2008 Ontario Independent Music Award nominee Emma Cook’s debut album "Manifesto," Emma has been rapidly garnering attention on the folk rock scene in Canada. Her second release “Hit & Run” (2009) has had her busy touring both across Canada and the USA, with dates at SXSW, NYC’s famed Bitter End and Cape May Singer Songwriter Conference. Emma has had official showcases during Canadian Music Week, Indie Week and had her NXNE debut in 2007. She has also played notable performances at the renowned Hugh’s Room in Toronto, The Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield, and as part of the Skylark Folk Series in NYC.

The combination of her classically trained songbirds voice and self taught percussive guitar accompaniment is a unique treat, being compared to artists such as Joni Mitchell, Ani Difranco and Martha Wainwright, although more commonly described as having a sound all her own. Witty, vibrant and outspoken, Emma gives audiences a live show to remember. Rarely do you find a young artist with so much charisma and raw talent.

In April 2007 Emma received an Ontario Arts Council grant for a popular music recording. Written and co-produced by Emma, both of her albums have garnered fantastic reviews and sought the attention of campus radio, CBC and the Verge on XM Satellite Radio. Most recently the Ontario Arts Council again backed the young artist again, awarding her an International touring grant which took her from Toronto down to Mississippi and back in Feb and March 2009. Due to continuous touring, Emma recently said goodbye to her “day job” and is heading across Canada and back with 30 dates in 32 days in April before she heads across the pond for her first U.K tour in May 2009.

“This fun album has personality written all over it…She has fun with lyrics, and plays around with her beautiful vocal abilities. Cook’s folky, country sound with a pop, is something fans will soon fall in love with.”
LUCID FORGE – Canadian Entertainment Magazine, July 2008

“Emma Cook can be a jazzy hipster a la Rickie Lee Jones, an eclectic avant-folkie like Joni Mitchell, or a soulful ingénue of the Dusty Springfield school. She takes the best of my heroines and gives us Hit & Run.”
MUSES MUSE, Washington, June 2008

“Emma Cook has a lovely voice, in places reminiscent of Ani Difranco’s girly growl, but mostly a soulful croon that slides effortlessly across genres she fuses on her sophomore release, Hit & Run—a little jazz and blues feeling with touch of cabaret…”
VUE WEEKLY, Edmonton, June 2008

“It’s been four years since folk-rock artist Emma Cook recorded a studio album but she hasn’t forgotten how to do it well. More than the music, which is very good, Hit & Run showcases the singer’s personality. That would be edgy with a capital E. It works for her.”
MY KAWARTHA, Peterborough, May 2008

“Cook has impressively managed to maintain a very raw and natural sound despite years of classical training. She has also managed to avoid a pre-packaged sound to come up with something all her own.”
CLINTON NEWS-RECORD, Ontario, May 2008

“Toronto-based folkie Emma Cook sings like an angel…It’s tough not to be won over by Cook’s luminous approach to crafting songs – a refreshing change of pace when so many artists try so hard to be, well, pretty much the same.”
RED DEER EXPRESS, Alberta, April 2008

I’m sitting at Quincy’s in Calgary watching Chloe Albert as she gets up on stage, sits herself onto a stool, and begins to quietly strum her guitar. A few chords in, she wastes no time getting to know the audience. The casual conversations begin to fade with the lights and each and every person in the house is tuning in. “Hi everyone…it’s nice to see so many of you here tonight”. By now the people are shuffling closer, looking for that perfect seat right near the stage. The night begins with the folky sound of “Firelight”, a mid-tempo number from Chloe’s upcoming release, reminiscent of the early Blue Rodeo catalogue. Over the course of the 45-minute set, she weaves from folk to rhythm and blues to country, and by her frequent smiles, you can tell she’s having a good time. The crowd is quiet throughout the entire set, and they watch intently as she plays. It’s clear they’re enjoying themselves too. Edmontonian Chloe Albert is well on her way to becoming acquainted with the rest of Canada one song at a time. Her debut album ‘Dedicated State’ recently garnered the attention of the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Chloe took home the ‘Emerging Artist of the Year’ award this past November. ‘In the few years following Chloe Albert's graduation from the music program at Edmonton's MacEwen College, she was kept busy piecing her debut album track by track, line by line, fitting in the writing, recording, arranging and producing in between life and work. This comes across when listening to her first recording, a beautiful gem she calls 'Dedicated State': it is clear that this is a woman who crafts her songs thoughtfully, writes the narratives as a storyteller would, taking her time to piece it together just right.’ ‘I don't know how many times, while listening to the songs on the album, that I have to remind myself that this is but her first album; her voice is so soulful, there's a maturity and confidence to her singing that makes you think this is say, maybe a fourth or fifth album from a seasoned performer. Her voice is front and centre on this album, with some lovely clean production on this pop / folk / jazz tinged recording. If this is Chloe Albert's starting point, I am so very excited to hear where she'll go from here.’ –Kerf Music


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