emily cavanagh music
Singer, Songwriter, Activist, Artist
Music as a means of healing is an idea that permeates and informs most of Emily Cavanagh’s life. A working musician in New York City, Cavanagh has recorded four records to date, and played with some of the city’s finest musicians. Cavanagh, a graduate of New York University, has spent nearly ten years combining two passions-music and service- playing music, while helping underserved and homeless find their voice through the arts.
Cavanagh —born to a large Irish American family in Chicago, and living amongst the doers and dreamers of NYC — has an ebullient vocal style influenced by the singers of the forty’s and fifty’s, while maintaining a great pop sensibility. Cavanagh, an independent artist, is a published songwriter, and regular performer in cities like NYC, Chicago, Nashville and Dublin.
Cavanagh’s latest EP, "Paper Moon," written entirely in Ireland and produced by grammy nominated Leo Sidran was released to acclaim in late 2017 both in the states and abroad, and plays on major music platforms like Spotify, Pandora, Tidal, Apple Music, and Dublin Radio. Her prior full length record, Keep It With Mine, (also produced by Sidran) features all original songs in collaboration with jazz guitarist & pianist Jeremy Zmuda and Nir Sadovnik. USA Today tweeted about that project calling the record “a little gem.” Her live covers project, "Bootlegs from the Continental" was released in early 2018. This record features some of her favorite musicians, capturing original spins on timeless classics.
Since the release of her first full length record, Cavanagh has found success playing notable venues like NYC’s Rockwood Music Hall, Blue Note, Chicago’s Schubas, LA’s Hotel Cafe, Nashville’s The Basement, and Dublin’s Whelans to sold out crowds. She often plays abroad in Ireland alongside acts like multi-platinum selling Irish singer/songwriters, Paddy Casey and Mundy. She has provided back up vocals for musicians like James Apollo (in his opening act for Lord Huron) and written for international acts like the band, Neeskens.
In 2017, the instrumental of Emily's song "Treehouse" was featured in the trailer for Woody Harrelson's film "Wilson," a Fox Searchlight Picture. Her music can be heard in indie soundtracks & record shops, NY Tech events, and Garance Dore’s video "Can Anybody be a Photographer." Her song “Dark was the Night” has been highlighted as a song honoring Rwandan Genocide survivors, and has played at The United Nations, Georgetown University, and The Jewish Museum of Heritage. Her story has been featured in publications like The Guardian, AXS, American Songwriter, The Regional, Blindfold Magazine, Medium, Ditty TV, Joe Rooney, and Little Things.
In addition to music, Cavanagh continues to work freelance for arts non-profits where she lends her voice to causes close to heart such as Musical Director, Mary Mitchell Campbell’s “Artists Striving to End Poverty," working alongside other artists to bring music to youth living in poverty in places like South Africa. Cavanagh remains passionate about using music to help people find their voice while sharing her own with all of us.
All music available on Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, Pandora, and other streaming sites.
MUSIC AS A MEANS OF HEALING
For nearly ten years, Emily has worked as both a singer/songwriter and a social worker, combining her two passions—music and activism, playing and writing music, while helping underserved and homeless young adults find their voice through the arts. She has worked with individuals living with HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ communities, medically frail children, and refugees. She is most passionate about this work, and while she works entirely freelance now as both a musician and an activist, continues to be dedicated to the work of using her voice to help others find their own.
EMILY AT THE UNITED NATIONS
Emily's song "Dark was the Night," inspired by Rwandan Genocide Survivor, Consolee Nishimwe, has been featured in a number of performances at the UN. Sundance Filmmaker, Shilpi Gupta, collaborated with the women on this first music video. The second video below features the story of Consolee set to Emily's music, and is produced by "Rwanda Next."
Written by Emily Cavanagh
Arranged by Andrew Miramonti, Recorded by Mor Mezrich, Video by Rob O'Dwyer
Artists Striving To End Poverty
Emily's favorite non profit. See below:
Artists Striving To End Poverty (ASTEP) is an organization founded by Broadway Musical Director Mary-Mitchell Campbell & Juilliard students to transform the lives of youth using the most powerful tool they have: their art.
Today, ASTEP connects performing & visual artists with underserved youth affected by homelessness, gun-violence, incarceration, the justice system, HIV/AIDS, and poverty in the US, India, & South Africa.
NEW YORK DATES 2019
January 25th—THE BITTER END—-NEW YORK, NEW YORK—(CARL BANKS & EMILY CAVANAGH)
February 27th—-ROCKWOOD 3—-NEW YORK, NEW YORK—MATT SIFFERT SHOW (FEATURING EMILY & LIZZIE NO)
March 8th—-FREEHOLD—BROOKLYN, NEW YORK—
March 16th—BK HOUSE CONCERT BROOKlYN, NEW YORK
April 7th—-TEENZ in the CITY NEW YORK, NEW YORK
April 12th—-UNITED NATIONS COMMEMORATION NEW YORK, NY
May 1st—-RADIO CAFE NASHVILLE, TN
May 17th——ROCKWOOD STAGE 3 NEW YORK, NEW YORK
June 21, 22, 23— ELKHART JAZZ FESTIVAL—ELKHART, INDIANA
(all three days)South Main Stage, Crystal Ballroom, New Life Stage, Civic Plaza
July 13th——MAPLEWOODSTOCK FESTIVAL —MAPLEWOOD, NEW JERSEY
August 1— La Sirene, NYC (416 Amsterdam)
opry city stage - grand ole' opry in new york (little sparrow duo)
September 1st 2018
opry city stage - grand ole' opry in new york (little sparrow duo)
September 5th 2018
art boutiki music hall - san jose,california (with ren geiseck & jon dryden)
September 19th 2018
crepe place santa cruz - santa cruz, california
September 21st 2018
Paramount theatre - new york (backing vocals for shaun hague's "journeyman")
October 5th 2018
Pianos - NYC (JOHN LENNON TRIBUTE)
October 15th 2018
hockley hustle festival- nottingham, united kingdom
October 28th 2018
re-imagine "a song for someone" - montefiore hospital, ny
November 1st 2018
Rockwood music hall Stage 3 - NYC
November 15th 2018
past venues of note
The Space, Westbury
McCarthy's, Dingle, Ireland
City Winery, NYC
The International Bar, Dublin
Alice's, Naas, Ireland
Spirit Shop, Dundaulk, Ireland
The Bitter End, NYC
Irish Arts Center, NYC
Dublin Castle, London
Blue Note, NYC
Hotel Cafe, LA
The Basement, Nashville
Rockwood Music Hall, NYC
Hiro Ballroom, NYC
Pete's Candy Store, Brooklyn
The Living Room, NYC
Red Room, NYC
The Monocle, St. Louis
Rockwood Stage 3, NYC
Ela’s, Hilton Head