About Emmy the Great
Emma-Lee Moss , known by her stage name Emmy the Great, is an English singer-songwriter. She has released three studio albums, First Love, Virtue and Second Love.
Moss was born in Hong Kong to an English father and a Chinese mother. Interested in music from a young age, she used to go by train to her nearest Tower Records shop so that she could buy the only non-Chinese music they had and, as a result, she developed a liking for bands such as Weezer, The Smashing Pumpkins, and The Lemonheads.
A British citizen through her father and with the ending of Hong Kong's status as a British colony, she returned with her family to London at the age of 12.
During the writing of her second album Virtue, Moss' atheist fiancé underwent a religious conversion, and left her as a result. Her song Trellick Tower is thought to have been inspired by this.
Her first appearance was as a singer on Falling Off the Lavender Bridge by Lightspeed Champion
She first emerged under the name Emmy the Great in 2006, when she released a series of free demos over the internet, while studying contemporary music at the University of Westminster
She began writing her debut album, First Love, in "dilapidated studios" owned by The Earlies in rural Lancashire and was released in February 2009. It spawned the singles We Almost Had A Baby and First Love. The album was received with generally positive reviews, while The New York Times compiled their list of "Best Albums of the Year 2009" and ranked First Love at No. 7.
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