PRESS KIT & BIO
EMILY COYLE: PIANO, VOCALS
GRANT STAINES: GUITAR
EMILY GRANT “is a crossover of classical and pop music. It’s dark. It’s emotive. It’s exciting. It’s supremely engrossing. It’s just so complimentary, the guitar and the piano; it works so brilliantly. Don't try and pigeon hole it because you can't. It's unique, it's original, it's got atmosphere. It's just got everything that is so special about Australian music and it's got it all in one band" DAVE ANGER, 100.3 FM
EMILY GRANT is the unlikely but formidable duo of classically trained pianist Emily Kate (piano, vocals) and rock loving guitarist Grant Michael. Don’t be fooled by their stripped back musical resources, as witnessing Grant’s “buckley-esque guitar work” X-press magazine alongside Emily’s “soaring vocals” Hype Magazine and ivory pounding skill at the piano, you won't be left wondering why EMILY GRANT have captured audiences around the world from Spain, to Paris to New York; rocked the stages of the Sydney Opera house, the Edinburgh Fringe, MONA and the NHOW Music Hotel, Berlin and attracted musical collaborations which bend from Australian Jazz alumni to electronica artists of London’s dance music kingdom “Ministry of Sound’.
EMILY GRANT's latest release "Turning Around", engineered by the award winning team of Kieran Kenderessy (“Birds of Toyko”) and King Willy (Goyte, Emma Louise), consolidates EMILY GRANT’s reputation for conjuring up magical and compelling songs through evocative lyrics underpinned by an “eclectic, complex yet accessible style which effortlessly mixes elements of classical, funk, blues, rock, pop and jazz” X-press magazine.
Having launched their EP with a summer tour of Australia, New York, Paris and Berlin EMILY GRANT are back in the studio working on part two of their trilogy!
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT EMILY GRANT
“Musical sophistication, individuality, diversity and a touch of simplicity all tastefully infused into an impressive whole. By the third play through … I was hooked” Feature review, BANDCAMP
“Like an adventure” Crisp Bellemone, Soundcloud
“Wow, you’re amazing @emilygrantmusic” @suzedemarchi, BABY ANIMALS
“Potentially iconic… stunning… this song has Bond all over it; it is every bit as good as Adele’s SYKFALL… quite simply, a masterpiece ” Gary Courtland Myles, Soundcloud
“This is something to write home about. Wow!!” @Michizz0, Instagram
“Beautiful vocals … dark intensity … great build and cool dynamics. Superb guitar-ing and melodies” Robyn Youlten, Soundcloud
“Eclectic, complex yet accessible style which effortlessly mixes elements of classical, funk, blues, rock, pop and jazz” X press Magazine
“Nashville needs you guys!” Mike Polcari, Soundcloud
A LITTLE HISTORY
In the early hours of a party in Perth’s Northern suburbs, Emily Coyle enquired after a track playing on the stereo. She was chuffed to discover that to the tunes’ creator was fellow reveler Grant Staines, who had recently recorded the work (his own composition) at a session in Shelter Studios; introductions ensued.
Despite their incongruous musical bents and Emily being weeks away from departure to take up a position at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, she was so enraptured with Grant’s song “Idol 55” she proposed an ultimatum; one year to collaborate to see where it would take them. They would never look back.
Emily and Grant, under the collaborative name of ‘Idle55’ recruited a rhythm section and stormed into the West Australian Music scene, past 500 entrants to win the heat and semi final of the "Next Big thing competition" falling short of Grand Final victory to none other than John Butler. Their consolation prize was enough studio time to record their first, self-titled album ‘Idle55’ which attracted an invitation to perform in the UK Lizard Festival, alongside Groove Armada, James, The Levellers and Kula Shaker.
Their subsequent performance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival garnered a personal invitation to feature in the upcoming New York Fringe, but Emily and Grant instead set sail for Spain where for 3 months they thrilled the Spaniards with their show from Sans Sebastian to Granada and back again.
After a year writing in the UK, Emily and Grant returned to Australia. With a new line up of talent they were once again staple fixtures on the West Australian Music scene, with a following whose loyalty broke attendance records and evidenced that their “act certainly has more than one string to their bow” Hype Magazine. Their live show caught the attention of electronica act NU-23 who commissioned Emily to write and perform works with them during the Australian Ministry of Sound tour.
Emily and Grant recorded their second studio album “Six Degrees” of which the opening single broke through community radio to feature on commercial FM but in an all too familiar story, the drummer relocated and the bass player retired and with no band to tour, the full album was never released. Devastated, but determined Emily convinced Grant to ditch the rhythm section, move to Melbourne and take to the stage just the two of them.
They did just that, going ‘underground’ to write and reinvent. Emily and Grant have re-emerged with a new sound, a new name ‘EMILY GRANT’ and a new EP “Turning Around".
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