Emiko: A Sound. A Style. A State of Mind.
By age 12, Emiko had already retired from classical music to begin making her mark in pop music. Having played piano since she was two and half, Emiko was transforming from a classical piano prodigy to a rock ‘n’ roll starlet. 2014 is proving to be a record setting year for Emiko.
With a feature in the NAMM issue of Keyboard Magazine, the publication has said, “invoking Billy Preston as much as Billy Joel ... Emiko is someone we expect to hear a lot more from in the coming months.” Endorsement contracts from Hammond Organ and Kurzweil Keyboards are under her belt and she is proving to be a heavy hitter in the keyboard world not just through her recordings and performances but also as a personality and host for the new HTV -- Hammond’s new TV project.
A three-time featured performer of the Songwriters Hall of Fame New Writers Showcases, Emiko has graced the pages of Billboard Magazine, FM Sound, Music Connection, and other mainstream music publications. As an award winning songwriter her credits include SONY/ATV, Famous Records/Universal Music Group, and a myriad of licenses to film and TV all over the world, she hit the studio with multiplatinum selling producer and remixer, Howie Beno (Daft Punk, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Depeche Mode, Blondie, Tom Jones, etc) to tell the world about her whirlwind journey that started in November 2009, when she left New York for a 10-day tour of Japan. With the help of her all star band (including Liberty DeVitto on drums, Neil Jason on bass, Mikey Alfero on guitar, and backing vocalist, Nikki Kimbrough), Emiko released, “Moving the Universe ...Part 1” and the single from Part 1, “This is Me” has gone on to garner tremendous attention from music journalists and fans alike, culminating in the signing of a video distribution agreement with Star 1 Records in partnership with Viacom’s network of digital and broadcast platforms including MTV, VH1, FUSE, and many more.
This isn’t Emiko’s first rodeo -- this release comes a few years after “7 Steps Away,” which was released by Famous Records/Universal Music Group. Her professional history to date is a versatile tapestry of performances and accolades - some highlights include headlining the 100th Anniversary National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC at the Sylvan Theater, the Steelbridge Song Festival with Jackson Browne, the Sun Valley Pavilion with Keb Mo', Japan Music Week and The 2009 Special Olympic World Winter Games.
Currently, Emiko makes her home between New York, London and Tokyo - "...really, home is wherever the music takes me!" she says. Hitting the road to promote, Moving the Universe ...Part 1, it can surely be said that Emiko is one step closer to her favorite saying, “If there’s life on Mars, they’ll buy my album!”