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Emma-Lee Moss (born c. 1984), known by her stage name Emmy the Great, is a London-based singer-songwriter. She has released two albums, First Love and Virtue.
She has performed as a member of the indie folk group Lightspeed Champion, acting as their vocalist for a brief period in 2007 alongside Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine.She then went back to focus on her work as a solo artist under the adopted nickname Emmy the Great, which she says came about when “I wanted to be a backing singer and I wanted to have something to hand to people… ‘Emmy’ is a name they called me at university, which I hated, and ‘the Great’ I added on because I hated ‘Emmy’ so much.”She formed a backing band which includes musicians such as Euan Hinshelwood of Younghusband, Glenn Kerrigan of So Say So, Tom Rogerson of Three Trapped Tigers and Ric Hollingbery of Pengilly’s.
Her debut single, Secret Circus, was released in April 2006.
She began writing her debut album, First Love, in “dilapidated studios” owned by The Earlies in rural Lancashireand was released in February 2009. It spawned the singles We Almost Had A Baby and First Love. The album was received with generally positive reviews, while The New York Times compiled their list of “Best Albums of the Year 2009” and ranked First Love at #7.
Her second album, Virtue, was released on June 13, 2011, while the MP3 blog RCRD LBL helped promote the album on April 18, 2011, when they released a free download of the track “A Woman, a Woman, a Century Of Sleep”. The album’s lead single “Iris” was released as a digital download on April 29, 2011. Speaking of the album’s recording process, Moss said that, “It’s been a very strange few months, and I can’t wait to make a record of them”.