1. October 2016 

    Happy fall, everyone! I’m really looking forward to my upcoming fall shows in Chicago & Sheboygan, and singing some new songs for you. Hope to see you there! 

     love, emily


    July 2016

    Wow, what an awesome time I had playing at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.  To give you an idea, this was my view while I sang “Arkansas” right before John Prine came onstage.  It was pretty amazing.  Now I’m home and writing some more while working on my next record.  I’m playing a couple of shows in Chicago, and then gearing up to to travel a bit more this fall - I hope to see you out there!  

    love, emily 

    May 2016

    I am so excited to share that I’ve been selected as a 2016 Telluride Troubadour Contest Finalist for the Telluride Bluegrass Festival!  I will get to head out to Telluride, CO in June to play my songs for a whole bunch of new folks (plus some friendly faces), and I’m very excited for the opportunity.  Thanks, Planet Bluegrass!  

    See y’all soon!  heart emoji, emily 

    February 2016

    I decided to throw my hat in the ring for the NPR Tiny Desk Concert Contest.  If you’d like to see (and vote for?) my video, here it is!

    If you’d like to check out a live show, I’ll be in Minneapolis at the end of February, and I’ll also be performing several showcases at the Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City this month.  Here’s a copy of my schedule:


    As always, thanks for listening – there’s some new music coming your way soon!   

    September 2015

    Holy moly!  I’m currently on vacation with my granny in sunny Florida, and this is the sunset we witnessed last night.  It was dazzling.  


    I just can’t get enough of this place!  But pretty soon I will head back to the Midwest, where I hear fall is coming in.  I’m looking forward to playing a benefit this month for the organization Urban Gateways with a pretty stellar lineup.  In addition, I’ll be gearing up to attend two folk music conferences - FARM & NERFA, which are sure to be an exhaustingly good time.  I also recently got the good news that “Arizona” off of Staking Flags in the Valley was named a finalist in the International Acoustic Music Awards, so that is pretty exciting!  You can get your copy here, on CDBaby, iTunes, or at a show!  I hope I’ll see y’all out there.  

    July 2015

    What a summer it’s been so far - filled with music & soccer, my two favorite things! Katie Dahl and I returned from a wonderful (although slightly terrifying weather-wise) trip to Texas for the Kerrville Folk Festival, and I pretty much immediately packed up to attend two of the Women’s World Cup matches in Winnipeg, which was an awesome trip for so much more than the soccer (I saw where the Mississippi River starts, and walked right across it like Emily Saliers always told me I could).  Then I got to play a fun last-minute set at GroveFest in Downers Grove, and then performed at a really fun live show/radio performance party in the studios at WDCB Radio for Lilli Kuzma’s Folk Festival radio show.  The show was during the USA/Germany match, so naturally I wore my Abby Wambach jersey.  


    Coming up next I’ll be hosting Sweet Folk Chicago on the radio Saturday night, July 11th which I’m really looking forward to, and I get to play you some of my favorite tunes.  You can listen at the link above at 7PM CST.  

    In addition I get to play another show with the fabulous Katie Dahl, whose new album “Ordinary Band” is kicking butt and taking names right now - you should get yourself a copy immediately.  It is beautiful - the music, Katie’s voice, and the lyrics are all equally gripping, and I think you’ll really enjoy it.  Hopefully we’ll see you at the Lake County Folk Club on July 12th!  

    If you are interested in helping to spread the word about my new album “Staking Flags in the Valley,” click here!  

    March/April 2015

    As spring moves through Chicago, it’s pulling sprouts out of the ground and a  bunch of pasty, smiling humans out of their houses.  I’m happy to be traipsing around the Midwest in April with one of my favorite songwriters, Katie Dahl.  We’re going to be playing several shows in some of our favorite towns and venues, and we hope you’ll join us!  

    Remember, you can stream my whole new record, “Staking Flags in the Valley,” at www.soundcloud.com/emilywhitemusic , and if you like it, you can buy it here, on Bandcamp, on iTunes, and on CDBaby!  


    (the shows with Katie will probably look a lot like this photo taken by Emily Hurd last year when we all toured together!)

    If you are interested in helping to spread the word about my new album “Staking Flags in the Valley,“ click here!  January/February 2015

    Happy new year!!  

    You know what the world needs in this brand-new year?  More handmade Valentines!  From now until Valentine’s Day, buy a copy of my new record "Staking Flags in the Valley” for someone you think is really great, and I’ll send your Valentine a personalized Valentine along with the music!  When was the last time you sent your parent/pastor/boss/cousin/dentist/favoritemusiclover a Valentine?  I think 2015 is their year!!  Visit the store to order yours now.  Simply tell me what you’d like your Valentine to say once you get to the PayPal screen (there will be a place to “add special instructions to seller”), and I’ll make it for you.  You could use song lyrics, traditional Valentine’s Day messages, or say something extra special to the person/people you love!  There is also a discount if you order 3 or more, and I promise not to tell how many Valentines you have.  ;)  (if you are interested in taking advantage of this discount, just email me directly!)


    November 2014

    Yeah! My new album is out in the world!!

    You can purchase your copy of “Staking Flags in the Valley" here, onBandcamp, on CDBaby and on iTunes!  The PledgeMusic campaign supporters are saying wonderful things, we’re getting some awesome radio play, and I can’t possibly get enough texts and emails of your selfies in your new Emily White t-shirts!! 

    THANK YOU thank you THANK YOU!!! I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing and recording it!  If you are interested in helping to spread the word about this album, click here!  

    August 2014

    My PledgeMusic campaign for my new record is here!!!  

    You can pre-order the new CD plus lots of other great rewards – you can get a signed copy of my friend Nishta Mehra’s memoir, a piece of art that LA-based artist Michelle Jane Lee made specifically for this project, you new favorite Emily White T-shirt, and lots more!   Just click on this picture to find out more, and thank you thank you thank you – I can’t wait for you to hear this record, and to have some other great art in your life made by my friends!


    Also mark your calendar for the huge party with Heather Styka hometown CD Release Show!!!  (a double release for each of our new records!) 

    May 2014

    Here’s a video of my new song “Arkansas” complete with Katie Dahl & Emily Hurd on backing vocals.  This was shot at Uncommon Ground in April.  Enjoy!  (Pre-order campaign for the new record is coming as soon as we’ve got the artwork finalized, since ART is a reward [always]!!)


    April 2014

    Oh, April, there is so much music happening this month!  I am getting ready to head down to Nashville to finish up and mix the new record, which is sounding so good, I can’t wait to share it with you.  I also have a bunch of shows in the Midwest, and I get to share them with some of my favorite Midwestern performers (and people).  I hope that you’ll be able to make it out to a show, but if not, I’ll also be having my Concert Window debut on April 18th at 10PM CST!  Concert Window is a great way you can stream my LIVE show with Katie Dahl and Emily Hurd at Uncommon Ground in Chicago right into your little computer or device, while you sit around in whatever you like to sit around in, wherever you live!  It’s a pay-what-you-want thing, and it’s brilliant.  So come celebrate spring with me, in person or virtually!  I will ALSO be launching my funding campaign for the new record this month, so keep an eye out if you’d like to pre-order the new record or new t-shirt or whatever other new idea I think of ;) 

    January 2014

    Happy New Year, everyone! As we enjoy a -17 degree day in Chicago, I’m keeping warm by working on some of the songs for the record I’m going to be making in Nashville in March. I’m excited to share this rough demo of a song I finished recently, called Songs Fall. I hope you enjoy it! I have a couple of shows coming up in the Midwest before I hole up to finish writing and begin recording. A fundraising/pre-order campaign will also be coming up later in the spring, so keep your eyes open if that sounds interesting to you!


    June 2013

    I believe summer has finally arrived here in Chicago, although we have had more than our share of false starts.  I’m looking forward to playing some fun local shows in the near future - indoor, outdoor, and with some of my favorite musician friends.  In the meantime I wanted to share with you a rough draft of a song I finished back in January called "Arizona."  This song was inspired by my experiences hiking in the Grand Canyon, and also a fortuitous songwriting prompt by a group of Chicago songwriter friends that have been super inspiring to me lately… I hope you enjoy this rough draft, recorded in my closet.

    February 2013

    Happy February everyone!  The frozen rain has just turned to snow here in Chicago,

    and I’m happily watching it fall.  I recorded a cover this morning of a beautiful song by

    Austin singer/songwriter Raina Rose.  Here’s the video - I hope you enjoy it!  

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    Happy New Year everyone!!  A new video has been posted on the "scraps” page from my fall 2009 tour – enjoy.

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    Hey Everyone!
    I’m writing this as I’m preparing to leave next week on my two-month-long fall tour with Tyler Lyle!  We’ve got so many shows coming up - I can’t wait.  Follow every moment on twitter - I’m emilywhitemusic and Tyler is tylerlyle.  I’ve also got brand-spankin’ new merch to show ya - organic tote bags, and 4 different new t-shirts. You can buy them here on the site in the  store, or live at a show(see the shows page)! As always, thank you thank you thank you for supporting independent music.
    Can’t wait to see you out there, emily