Emily Hope is a smiley 24-year-old singer/songwriter, guitarist, and ukulele player currently based in Bloomington, IL. She believes whole-heartedly in music's power to inspire, encourage, and enact change. Above all, she values music with a message, and strives to write songs that people can relate to. Her music features cheerful ukulele and catchy acoustic guitar tunes inspired by a variety of country, folk, and pop influences that are sure to get your feet tapping. 

 

Emily released a self-titled EP in August of 2017 including five original songs and is currently working on recording a full album. Since then, she has released 4 singles, Father's Song, Lovely Thoughts, Can't, and Better.

 

 

Growing up as a shy and insecure pre-teen, Emily secretly used music and songwriting as a way of expressing herself. She serenaded her bedroom walls, unbeknownst to all her family and friends before realizing God’s call on her life. After taking a step of faith and performing Taylor Swift's, "Stay Beautiful" in her 8th-grade talent show, Emily knew singing was her ultimate dream.

 

During high school, she began participating in choirs, other talent contests, and eventually (after picking up ukulele and guitar her senior year of college) started playing her original songs as well as covers from a variety of genres at coffee shops, restaurants, bars, community events and music festivals around the Midwest.

 

The past few years have brought Emily an array of musical opportunities.  She was blessed to be one of the opening acts for country artist, Eric Paslay in August of 2017 at the Apollo Theatre in Belvidere, IL and in June of 2018, was the sole opener for Christian rock band, Stars Go Dim at the Levitt AMP Music Series in Galva, IL. In August of 2018, she received yet another amazing opportunity to open for Christian duo, Love & The Outcome at the Decatur Celebration in Decatur, IL.

 

 

 

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