Emily Millard is a Canadian composer, recording artist, producer, vocalist and music educator. Drawing from pop, jazz, folk and classical traditions, she creates “a complex sonic world all her own” (Exclaim!). Emily currently lives in Nelson BC where she is instructing voice and songwriting at the Contemporary Music and Technology Program at Selkirk College.
As a solo performing artist, and with her chamber-pop band Morlove, Emily has toured extensively throughout Canada and Europe. She has released five solo records - four under the moniker Miss Emily Brown, and her latest, By Heron & By Season (2016) which she released under her birth name. Her work has garnered nominations from the Canadian Folk Music Awards, CBC Bucky Awards and from Berlin’s Kulturnews for Best Live Show.
Most recently, Emily served as producer for Vancouver artist Amanda Sum's record, New Age Attitudes (2022). She served as director of Vancouver's beloved Kingsgate Chorus from 2019 to 2022. Her commissioned piece "Towards the Light" was premiered by musica intima in April 2022. Emily is a contributing composer for the feature documentary Geographies of Solitude, which premiered at Berlin International Film Festival in February 2022.
Emily’s multi-disciplinary performance piece Unknown Rivers was recently shown at Vancouver’s Sawdust Collector Series. She was invited to attend the Resonant Bodies Residency at Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity in 2018, where her piece Ropesight was premiered.
Emily’s training spans classical and jazz traditions. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Composition from the Music Academy Vancouver Community College and has studied privately Dr. Andrea Young (Montreal), Somatic Voicework with Jeannette LoVetri (New York), Functional Voice Training with Dagmar Apel (New York) and vocal improvisation with Sidsel Endresen (Oslo).
Emily gratefully lives and works on the unceded and ancestral Coast Salish Territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples.
"Millard's complex sonic world is all her own. We are lucky to take part in the trip. (9/10)"
"'Art-folk’ is certainly an apt handle for Millard’s work, as this is a greatly artistic recording, carefully crafted like the considered brushstrokes of a painting."
- Folk Radio UK