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Music for the Inside of Your Body...♪♪♪

Emily St. Amand

EmilyStAmandVocal Harmonies, Percussion

The Coach House
Kulak's Woodshed

CD: Just For A Moment
Akadak Sessions

"I was a total band geek in high school", says Emily St. Amand. "The first CD I ever bought was 'Saxophone Colossus', by Sonny Rollins. I was also enchanted with Stan Getz."

"My mother and father were both classical pianists. My mom really loved jazz, too, but she also played the Beatles and CSN&Y to wake us up in the morning."

Besides playing the sax, Emily loved singing from an early age as well. She got her first major role in the musical "The Castaways" in the fifth grade. "All the girls hated me for it." But it was a turning point. Her music teacher told her mom, "You have a really talented daughter. You should encourage her."

In high school, Emily landed the real powerhouse roles. Performing gave her so much joy. "I really
thought of myself as a singer, now." Her influences ranged from Peggy Lee to Freddy Mercury and Michael Jackson.  

She started doing "society gigs"--singing and playing sax--at parties and weddings. And getting paid for it. From there, it was off to the Thornton School of Music at USC, where she earned her Bachelors Degree in 2009.

She quickly found a place in the LA music scene as a vocalist, saxophonist, arranger, and songwriter. A network of musicians from Echo Park led her to meeting Mindy Jones and eventually, Waldo Bliss.

"Working with Dan is such a joy", she says. "It takes a musical ear to perform with Waldo Bliss, especially for the singers. It keeps me in check."

"I love doing TV and commercial work as well", she continues. "Music chose me. It's a deeply rooted attachment."