Emily King Stays on Top

Longtime R&B innovator brings her new music to Studio 1A

Following in the footsteps of her musical family, New York City’s Emily King has steadily made a name for herself as one of the most exciting vocalists in contemporary R&B since her debut in 2007. Much as fellow New Yorker Norah Jones rekindled popular interest in jazz, King’s East Side Story brought heavier beats, a harder edge, and more focused pop production to R&B. A recipe that earned her the first of three Grammy nominations and solidified her status as a sought after tour mate and collaborator for acts ranging from Erykah Badu to the Cartoon Network. 

During her recent visit to Austin, Emily King was able to join friend and collaborator Robert Glasper onstage at the Moody Theatre while there to tape an episode of the legendary Austin City Limits TV program. For her session in KUTX’s Studio 1A, King performed a couple of songs from her new album, Special Occasion, released earlier this summer via ATO Records. The stripped-down set included the album’s title track and the slow burning “False Start”, both perfect introductions to Emily King’s award-winning songwriting, with vibrant imagery that pulls at all the senses.

Brand-new kicks and my old Jeep (old Jeep)
Windows down, catch the summer breeze (ooh)
Music loud on the stereo
Cuties passing, wave hello

Emily King – “Special Occasion”


Set List:

“Special Occasion”

“False Start”

Musicians: Emily King – vocals, guitar

Credits: Producer: Deidre Gott; Production Assistant: Confucius Jones; Audio Engineer: Jake Perlman, Rene Chavez; Audio Mix: Jake Perlman; Cameras: Patricia Lim, Renee Dominguez ; Edit Patricia Lim:; Host: Jody Denberg

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