“Folk pop singer-songwriter Emma Charleston captures both the angst and the optimism of an extraordinarily gifted musician in an overly saturated market.”
Emma Charles is an up-and-coming folk pop singer songwriter with electronic influences who crafts stories about what it’s like growing up during this time. She is honest, relatable, listenable, and memorable. With a knack for catchy melodies and singable choruses, her songs transcend genre through the clear folk influences from the ‘60’s to the inclusion of the electronic soundscape and lush three part harmonies that have risen to popularity within the past 10 years. Charles is a gifted songwriter, storyteller and performer who is able to capture the sounds and nostalgia from the folk revival and present it in a modern and listenable way.
Emma is graduating from Berklee College of Music in the Spring of 2019 with a BM in Professional Music. She has studied predominantly under Grammy award-winning songwriter Paula Cole, and has sung backup for Cole at her performance at The City Winery in NY, NY. Emma has also been awarded a scholarship from the Voice Department at Berklee, which shows that the prestigious school has acknowledged her talent and sees in her a promising future. She has been featured in The Huffington post twice, as well as predominant blogs such as PopDose, Groundsounds and Coming Up Mag.
Emma was born and raised in Westport, Connecticut by parents Steven and Rondi. Her mother, Rondi Charleston, is an award-winning jazz vocalist and voice teacher who attended the prestigious Juilliard School. Her father is a prominent investor and has developed companies that are curing cancer, such as KITE pharmaceuticals. Music certainly runs in the family for Charles, as her grandmother, Elsa Charleston, is a prominent classical voice teacher in the Chicago area.
Emma draws from the sounds of classic music legends such as Joni Mitchell, Carole King, and Eva Cassidy, but incorporates modern electronic soundscapes reminiscent of artists such as Phoebe Bridgers, Sara Bareilles, Kacey Musgraves and Bon Iver. She combines her effervescent and nostalgic folk sound with contemporary soundscapes to appeal to the modern listener.