Can’t Keep Your “Distance” From Emily King

I imagine it as sort of a Chris Consani Highway Fifty One thing where James Dean, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, and Humphrey Bogart are chilling out together. Well, except everyone is alive. Sure, perhaps there’s an Amy Winehouse hologram there, but this place I imagine is a private room within a popular bar where current British mega-stars Sam Smith and Adele are enjoying a pint and talking shop, when all of a sudden, they welcome a new member to their secret social club. It’s Emily King and no, she’s not from the UK. They’ve made an exception for this native New Yorker whose soulful, jazzy, and R&B vocal styles matched with her crafty lyrics cut straight to your core.

The Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter has been around for a bit, but it’ll probably be her current release The Switch that’s going to get her a seat at this fictional table I’m talking about Heck, Smith has already sang her praises on Twitter. At Primary Wave’s A-Sides studio in New York City, the talent sat down for a chat and performed a pair of songs off the album. I could go on, but my words fall short of the embeds below. Watch and listen, and be thankful unique, original, and talented artists are still out there in this crazy world.

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About A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Jon Chattman’s music series features celebrities and artists (established or not) from all genres performing a track, and discussing what it means to them. This informal series focuses on the artist making art in a low-threatening, extremely informal (sometime humorous) way. No bells, no whistles — just the music performed in a random, low-key setting followed by an unrehearsed chat. In an industry where everything often gets overblown and over manufactured, Jon strives for a refreshing change. Artists featured on the series include Imagine Dragons, Melissa Etheridge, Air Supply, Joe Perry, Alice Cooper, fun, Bleachers, Charli XCX, Marina and the Diamonds and Bastille.

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