- Emm Gryner
Infobox Musical artist
Name = Emm Gryner
Background = solo_singer
Born = birth date and age|1975|6|8
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Instrument = Vocals,
Pop music, alternative rock
Years_active = 1995–present
Label = Dead Daisy, Mercury
David Bowie, Hot One, The Cake Sale
URL = [http://www.emmgryner.com/ www.emmgryner.com]
Emm Gryner (born
8 June 1975in Sarnia, Ontario) [cite news | url=http://www.thegate.ca/interviews/archives/emm-gryner.php | publisher="The Gate" | accessdate=2008-04-03 | title=Emm Gryner / The Queen of Toronto | date=] cite web | url=http://www.sarnia.ca/pdf/HONOUR_LIST_2004.pdf | format=PDF | title=Mayor's Honour List 2004 | publisher=City of Sarnia | accessdate=2008-04-03 ] cite web | url=http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/Pop_Encyclopedia/G/Gryner_Emm.html | publisher=" Jam!"/Canoe | accessdate=2008-04-03 | title=Gryner, Emm ] is a Canadian singer-songwriter.
Gryner's childhood was spent in
Forest, Lambton County, Ontario. Her father was of half Irish heritage [ [http://www.tandemnews.com/viewstory.php?storyid=4949&page=1 Tandem - Online magazine ] ] and her mother was Filipina.cite news | url=http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/Artists/G/Gryner_Emm/2002/10/25/745550.html | publisher=" Jam!"/Canoe | date= 25 October 2002| title=Life couldn't be finer for Emm Gryner | first=Fish | last=Griwkowsky | accessdate=2008-04-03 ]
Emm started her music career in
Toronto, working office jobs during the day while honing her live show in small, local clubs by night. Gryner entered her original song "Wisdom Bus" in a nationwide songwriting contest sponsored by Standard Broadcasting, and won. With the money from this prize, she recorded an album called " The Original Leap Year" and released it on her own Dead Daisy Records. The album attracted the attention of Violent Femmesproducer, Warren Bruleigh.
Bruleigh passed the album onto an exec at
Mercury Recordswho signed Gryner. The result was "Public", a Britpop-inspired album that yielded a hit in Canada called "Summerlong". Several tours followed, with Ron Sexsmith, Bernard Butler, Rufus Wainwrightand others.
Universal Musictook over Mercury Records, Gryner was dropped from the label and returned to her own Dead Daisy Records. She released several albums, two of which went on to be nominated for Best Pop Album of the Year at the Juno Awards. During this time, Gryner moved to New Yorkand Los Angelesto write and tour. She also took a job singing and playing keyboards in David Bowie’s band. The gig saw Gryner performing with Bowie at Glastonbury Festival, on " Later with Jools Holland" and other venues around America and Europe. She appears on " Bowie at the Beeb", a live album.
After leaving Bowie’s band, Gryner moved to
Montrealand released an album called " Songs of Love and Death" which was made up of cover versions of Irish songs by The Undertones, The Virgin Prunes, Horslips, Thin Lizzy, The Thrillsand others. Recorded in a house she shared with Kate McGarrigle, the album attracted the attention of Irish media. Gryner found a champion in Pat Egan, a legendary promoter and manager based in Dublin, and he set up her first shows.
In 2005, Gryner signed Atlantic Canadian indie band
In-Flight Safety. The band went on to receive national acclaim, capture several awards and receive a Juno nomination for Best Video of The Year in 2007. Gryner subsequently signed Toronto songwriter Royal Woodand released his album, "A Good Enough Day" through Dead Daisy.
In 2006, Gryner released "
The Summer of High Hopes" produced by Nathan Larson. The album was released in Canada and later in Ireland on the heels of a performance at Oxegen Festival. Gryner also collaborated with Larson in the band Hot One, which released an album that year. She is also a member of the collective The Cake Sale(Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol, Bell X1, Josh Ritter, Glen Hansardand others). The collective is featured on "The Cake Sale", a multi-platinum-selling Irish album with proceeds to Oxfam’s Make Trade Fair.
Gryner also played the angel in the music videos of "The Grace" and "Age of Consent" by
Neverending White Lightsand starred in "One Week", a film by director Michael McGowan. In the summers of 2007 and 2008, Gryner co-hosted the radio show" Under The Covers" with Danny Michel, a show about cover songs, for CBC Radio One.
Recognition by other musicians
Nelly Furtadonamed Gryner's album "Science Fair" one of her desert island discs in a VH1 interview, and David Bowienamed Gryner and Godspeed You! Black Emperorhis two favorite Canadian acts during a promotional interview for his "Reality" album. In the November 2006 issue of "Q", celebrating the magazine's 20th anniversary, U2frontman Bonorecognized the track "Almighty Love" from Gryner's album "The Summer of High Hopes" as one of six songs that he wished he had written from the last twenty years of music. [ [http://www.thegate.ca/news/more.php?id=1296_0_1_0_M The GATE - Emm Gryner gets a little love from U2's Bono] ] The American indie band +/- covered the song "Summerlong" for their EP, "Holding Patterns". The song "Angel" by Matt Nathansonis written about her.
And Distrust It" (1995)
The Original Leap Year" (1997)
* "Public" (1998)
* "Science Fair" (1999)
Dead Relatives" (2000)
Girl Versions" (2001)
Songs of Love and Death" (2005)
* "The Great Lakes" (2005)
The Summer of High Hopes" (2006)
* [http://emmgryner.com/ Emm Gryner] official website
* [http://www.deaddaisy.com/ Dead Daisy] record label website
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