An encounter with Emily Anderson’s music is unmistakably a magical affair. And while she has no shortage of credentials to back the claim—a gifted multi-instrumentalist, prolific songwriter, and graduate of the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston—Emily has in tandem something arguably more important: something pure, distinct, and extraordinary to show us.
Like stumbling into a rose garden on a trek through the arctic, listeners of Emily’s music find themselves helplessly lifted into a world so hauntingly familiar, and yet so enchantingly curious. With a voice of untouchable purity and lyricism of remarkable wit and poignancy, Emily cradles matters of the human heart with an almost impossible sweetness.
After many years of studying songwriting & music business in Boston, and with several tours and recording projects under her belt, Emily has returned to her native Fairbanks and risen to deserving prominence in the tightly knit music scene in Alaska. In fitting testament to this, she received the Rasmuson Foundation’s Individual Artist award in 2016 to assist her in making a full-length album. This new record, Simple Things, perhaps her most ambitious and stunning project to date, is available for streaming and download everywhere.
What people are saying…
Whether you’re having a bad day or having one of the best days in a long time, Emily Anderson’s Simple Things will make it better. Harmonies that sound so natural and gorgeous orchestrations are at the heart of both the toe-tapping melodies and lyrical songwriting that pulls you into a story that you’ll want to experience again and again.
-Lori Neufeld, KUAC
Emily Anderson’s music is pure and could serve as the soundtrack to awaken one’s spirit. It offers a bright light where there is darkness and exposes Anderson’s visionary world. ‘Simple Things’ delivers a variety of brightness and color. Anderson’s angelic voice ranges from energetic and playful on songs like “Space,” to soft and beautiful such as on the track “Window.”
– Robert Foran III, Anchorage Press
“Emily Anderson’s music shatters the imagery you might have of surviving the long dark winters while living in Fairbanks, AK. One might expect dark introspection or a songwriter who bites back at life, but the songs on ‘Simple Things’ are warm and emotive while holding a strong conviction that will keep you listening to these smartly written stories. Listener response has been strong and they want to know how to get the CD so they can hear more!”
-Loren Dixon, Director of Programming 90.3 KNBA, Music Matters