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Emily O'Halloran

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Australian-born singer/songwriter Emily O’Halloran is a poet, nomad, observer and a seeker of truth whose boundless, picturesque adventures and, most importantly, the myriad of people and places she’s encountered along the way, inevitably led to creating her own melancholy, gimlet-eyed, yet soulful brand of music. Her debut album “Morphine & Cupcakes,” is a throwback to when the LP was a musical journey not a collection of singles.

Emily left home at the age of 14, where she had lived an “unconventional, yet idyllic, upbringing” on a hippie commune, with a childhood filled with music, bush dancing and playing alongside the community band “The Diddly-Dit Band”. O’Halloran then began her adventure hitchhiking across the continent, from the colorful Northern capital of Darwin, to the desolate island of Tasmania. O’Halloran’s travels eventually brought her to New York City, where she remained for 2 1/2 years, reciting her poetry in coffee houses in Greenwich Village, performing inside subway stations, outside the famed Chelsea Hotel, and other mainstays of a quintessentially Bohemian lifestyle.

A twist of fate and a rough demo brought O’Halloran together with veteran record producer Mark Howard, jump-starting a partnership when their first track together led to the completion of the album. Works created in such disparate locales as living rooms, Airstreams, tree houses, and high-end studios, from Los Angeles to Jamaica. The end result, “Morphine & Cupcakes” features such world-renowned musicians as Daryl Johnson (Bob Dylan, Daniel Lanois, Emmy-Lou Harris), Don Heffington (Bob Dylan, Doug Pettibone (Lucinda Williams) and Peter Atanasoff (Rickie Lee Jones).

O’Halloran counts among her influences many of Mark Howard’s legendary collaborators, including Dylan (whose song “Billy” she has covered), Lucinda Williams, Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen. O’Halloran’s world is one of desert landscapes, night drivers, truckers, whores, endless highways, hitchhikers, junkies and ramblers. Her debut album “Morphine and Cupcakes” is a doped-up serenade for the Bonnie’s, the Clyde’s, the lovers and the thieves. It is desert music, well past midnight in an old pick-up truck where you don’t know where the ground ends and the stars appear…

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No Depression October 2011 (link)

American Song Space October 2011 (link)

Buzzbands October 2011 (link)

Blinded By Sound October 2011 (link)

Pop Matters September 2011 (link)

LA Weekly September 2011 (link)

Innocent Words August 2011 (link)

My Old Kentucky Blog July 2011 (link)

*** “Well on the road to country ruin…”
- Q Magazine, UK

**** “Beautifully played… This album is a treat”
- Simon Hughes, Rock n Reel, UK

“A Hollywood noir version of Music City”
- M Music Magazine

“Dylan, dressed up, with somewhere to go. Meandering and dreamy, but gutsy debut”.
- Lisa Torem, Penny Black Music, UK

“Her voice is low and dirty, full of sex and bitter tears”.
- Mat Brewster, Blinded By Sound

"Likened with the tender side of Lucinda Williams, the breeziness of Cowboy Junkies, and the atmospheric wonderment of Tom Waits. This collection is pure poetry and beatnik beauty at its finest”.
- John Castino, Innocent Words

“Her style is spiritual, but not in the religious sense. The sound is medicine for the soul… Emily is able to harness the immense power of the human experience with just one song. They are songs that you just know if people heard them, they would be huge.”
- Camera's Are Go

"O’Halloran proves she’s a master of the form. Hauntingly beautiful, Morphine and Cupcakes makes for a most auspicious debut."
- No Depression

“Narcotic country-folk for rainy days”.
- David Maine, Pop Matters

“Her voice is low and dirty, full of sex and bitter tears”.
- Mat Brewster, Blinded By Sound

“O'Halloran persuasively evokes Cat Power's lazy, hazy soul.”
- LA Weekly

“One listen to Ms. O’Halloran’s voice will provide you insight to understanding what audio transcendence can truly offer, in the most sophisticatedly understated way. Her breathy, yet textured vocals are other worldly… It’s a trip to be likened with the tender side of Lucinda Williams, the breeziness of Cowboy Junkies, and the atmospheric wonderment of Tom Waits. This collection is pure poetry and beatnik beauty at its finest”
- John Castinoa, Innocent Words

“Emily O’Halloran’s atmospheric flavor of Americana gets a little something extra from her seeming ability to channel legendary mournful-voiced femme fatales such as Anita Pallenberg, Marianne Faithful and Nico. Certainly not a bad club.”
- My Old Kentucky blog