When Emmy decided to record her deeply personal songs, she enlisted her brother John Alcorn as a co-writer to polish the material, and to take on the role of producer/arranger. The result is a recording of fresh and seductive music, embracing Emmy’s alluring vocal warmth and honest expression.
Guitars, keyboards, drums and bass merge seamlessly with lush background vocals; the final cut goes straight to the heart with cello and bowed bass. With exceptional performances by a group of select musicians, including Rob Piltch, Rob Gusevs, Drew Briston, Davide Direnzo, Kevin Fox and Coco Love Alcorn, these songs capture and convey genuine sentiments in a way that will mesmerize and draw you in.
Born in Trinidad and raised on the east coast of Canada and the USA, Emmy grew up as the only daughter among six children, in a household filled with music. Her parents were both talented performers in theatre and music, and her brothers are all professional musicians. Her mother Diane (Parker) Alcorn was a well-known soloist for CBC radio in the days when musicians performed live-to-air.
Emmy’s first gig was in the church choir at the age of six and she learned to sing harmony in the back seat of the family car, on their many road trips to see relatives in New Brunswick and the Annapolis Valley. Countless family hours were spent gathered around the piano, and every party was an excuse to bring out any musical instruments available for an all-night jam. Emmy studied piano and flute at a young age and received a Silver Medal for Voice from the Toronto Conservatory of Music.
Emmy began writing songs at the age of seven, under the tutelage of John C. O’Donnell (Men of the Deeps). She has composed and produced original scores for stage plays as well as for film. Her original song Here Tonight finished in the top two of over 250 entries in the Q104 Songwriting contest.
Alcorn has performed as lead singer for bands such as The Landing Party, Na Stairnean, Working Class Band and Network. She has shared the stage with artists such as Laura Smith, Mary Jane Lamond, Coco Love Alcorn, Nancy White, Dutch Mason, Tom Gallant, Frank MacKay and Shirley Eikhart.
As a professional actor, Emmy was a regular at Festival Antigonish for five years, where she starred in three consecutive and critically acclaimed one-woman shows, THE HIGHLAND WIDOW TRILOGY, written for her by Ian Pygott. She has appeared on stages throughout Nova Scotia and Ontario, and in feature films and short independents; her performances often being singled out in media reviews.
In 1995 she became Artistic Director of the internationally acclaimed Mulgrave Road Theatre where she has focused on developing and producing new Atlantic Canadian plays, many of which have been subsequently produced by other theatre companies across the country and in the USA. Versatile and tireless, Emmy has nurtured and promoted the works of many prominent east coast theatre artists. Her productions have traveled throughout the Maritime Provinces and twice to the prestigious Magnetic North Theatre Festival (Edmonton and St.John’s) as well as to three festivals in New Zealand.
Of particular note, Emmy developed and produced three world premiere plays by the distinguished Cape Breton writer Daniel MacIvor, and originated the role of Louise in his renowned play “Marion Bridge”.
Unveil celebrates a point of return for Emmy, and movingly discloses the depth of her long-hidden passion and artistry as both creator and performer of genuine, heartfelt music.