“Our ultimate Friday night ‘getting-ready playlist’ guilty pleasure.” – MTV Buzzworthy
Growing up in Youngstown, Ohio, Emii was a small-town girl with humble beginnings and big dreams. Community theater was like a second home to her, and she wrote songs and took the stage whenever and wherever she could. The second she turned 18, she took the Greyhound bus to New York City to pursue her dreams in the Big Apple with barely a penny in her pocket. “It’s safe to say my parents weren’t particularly thrilled with that decision,” she says. “But I knew what I had to do.”
While Emii worked in NYC comic book stores and photography studios by day, she would perform, write, and record in the studio by night. She recounts, “I’d work from 8AM until 5PM and then go straight to the studio. By the time a song was finished in the early morning, it was just about time for me to go back to work again.” She recorded with different producers, auditioned for television shows and theater, frequented open mic nights, fronted bands, and worked to perfect her craft, day-in and day-out. “I was relentless,” she says. After a few years of struggling as a “starving artist’, Emii finally met with an independent label that supported her vision and would ultimately change her life. It was then that she moved to Los Angeles, California to work with Slippery Eel Productions.
Emii’s first hit music single, “Magic”, was the #1 Most Viewed music-related video Worldwide on the day it hit YouTube. Her collaboration with Snoop Dogg on her song “Mr. Romeo” hit #13 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Chart, and her controversial follow-up single “Stilettos” can be heard in rotation on Sirius Satellite Radio’s 20 on 20 channel, in addition to many radio stations worldwide. At the dawn of 2013, Emii signed with theatrical agent Media Artists Group and had just concluded filming her lead role in two sci-fi feature films, showcasing her martial arts prowess and seasoned acting abilities. Her latest 2013 EP release includes two songs which she affectionally calls “the odd couple”, titled “Time To Move On” and “Freakier Freak”. Both science fiction-themed music videos are set to be released by summer of 2013. She has captivated audiences in major venues and dance clubs around the world, sharing stages with the likes of Flo Rida, Iyaz, Inna, Robin S., Mia Martina, and more. During Emii’s first concert for the NRJ Music Tour in Beirut, Lebanon, the sound system experienced a major malfunction and without hesitation, she continued her performance a capella for the record attendance of 25,000 screaming fans, and ultimately had them all chanting “Mr. Romeo!” by the time the music began to play again. Several fans caught footage of the event, and when Emii was asked how she felt about the unexpected turn of events, she simply smiled and said, “Hey, the show must go on.”
Having been featured in Billboard Magazine, MTV Buzzworthy, Rolling Stone Magazine (Middle East), Inked Magazine, The Insider, MTV’s LOGO On Demand, Vibe, VH1′s Pop-Up Video (and many more), it is clear that this rising star has been steadily taking the world by storm with her infectious music and rocking style.