Introspective and enthralling, with equal parts grit and grace, Emmet Michael is a musician who was built on his trials. Turning to music in his darkest times, he found solace in his ability to share his heart with others through his lyrics. Drawing on his experience of embracing queerness in a religious context, living with mental illness, and battling addiction, his songs carry a tone of desperation and angst. With soulful melodies and heart wrenching lyrics, his music conveys a message that is both powerful and vulnerable. Entirely unique, yet familiar.
There is a lifetime’s worth of honesty and vulnerability encapsulated in the Edmonton Music Prize Winning album: “I Hope You’re Home”, the debut full-length album released in summer 2021. A bold, unflinching look at life as an outsider before undertaking a journey of self-discovery that would help mold him into the person he is today, it is the sum of those experiences that resonate throughout the course of the record.
Recently showcased to larger audiences at Canmore and Edmonton Folk Music Festival, Edmonton Fringe Festival, and BreakOut West, his live shows provide an experience simply too incredible for words. His eloquent story telling pairs perfectly with an always evocative performance, allowing those in attendance to connect – to him, themselves and each other.
Raw vulnerability is what will always set Emmet apart. He bares his soul in a way that is sophisticated far beyond his youth. This is only the beginning for this talented songwriter.