Photo via the Emily Victoria Music page.
Photo via the Emily Victoria Music page.

Photo from Emily Victoria’s music Facebook page

Emily Victoria is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist from Connecticut now living in New York City. Emily has performed with Michael Glabicki and Dirk Miller supporting the Allman-Betts Band, has also opened for Willie Nile, and played venues in New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

She is also a member of the band Uprooted, formed and led by Michael Glabicki from Rusted Root and has co-headlined with the Spin Doctors. She is working on an album with Glabicki as well as her solo album with producer/guitarist Matt Hogan (Willie Nile, Bruce Springsteen, Miley Cyrus, Ashley Tisdale) in New York City.

Where are you from originally?
I grew up in Avon. After graduating from high school, I moved to New York City to pursue a career in music.

How did you get into music?
Music has always been a huge part of my life since I was little. I worked in theater, TV, and film professionally for years. I was actually on my way to a rehearsal when I was involved in a tragic car accident where the driver in front of me crashed head-on with a truck. It changed my life. I was home for a month recovering when I picked up my guitar and started writing for the first time. It got me through a very hard time. I find that music can heal the soul.

Can you tell me a bit about yourself?
Hmmm…well, I love movies! “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “The Goonies” and “Jaws” are some of my all-time favorites! I sang “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” with Richard Dreyfuss, which was cool!

How do you describe your sound?
My sound is very unique. It doesn’t fit in with one specific genre. If I had to describe my music, it would be a mix of pop, rock, and R&B.

What have been some career highlights for you?
I opened for Willie Nile twice at Infinity Music Hall and once at Club Cafe in Pittsburgh, PA. He gave me such great advice. One of the biggest highlights was being asked to join the band Uprooted, led by Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root. It’s been a great experience touring and recording with them. Co-headlining with the Spin Doctors for a couple of shows was cool too! Oh, and I can’t forget hearing my first released song, “Some Kind of Magic”, being played on the radio.

You moved to New York City for a while. Are you still there?
Yes! I love the city! There is no place I’d rather be!

How are you dealing with the pandemic?
I’m not gonna lie, it has been tough. I’ve been keeping myself busy writing songs, producing and collaborating with other artists. I really can’t wait to get back on stage again!

Can you tell me about your song “Angel’s Share” and any other new projects you’re working on?
Kandy Kelson reached out to me about a collaboration. She had written all the lyrics and I composed and sang the song. I loved working with her and we are working on another song now. I’ve got a few other collaborations in the works with some other artists too. I’m also working on my music that I am hoping will be released soon.

What are your plans for the future?
I am hoping to get back out on tour with Uprooted. I am looking forward to releasing the EP that I wrote, sang, played all the instruments on, and produced in my apartment during this pandemic! It kept me busy!

Is there anything else you want the public to know?
I want to shout out to all the musicians having a hard time right now. I know how you feel, but don’t give up. Keep creating great music; we will get through this!

For more information on Emily, check out the following links:
Instagram: @emilyvictoriamusic

Mike Cobb is a musician and writer based in Norfolk and has published articles in The NYC Jazz Record, The NY Press, NJ Starz, The Red Hook Star Review, Shindig!, Ugly Things, Ruta 66, Mondo Sonoro, Elmore, The Indypendent, The Lakeville Journal, and more.