Emily King

Emily King

Emily King (born July 10, 1985) is a Grammy-nominated American singer and songwriter.

She started her career in 2004 and her debut album East Side Story was released three years later in August 2007. In December 2007, King was listed as a Grammy nominee for Best Contemporary R&B Album.


Born in New York City in 1985, King grew up in a small apartment on the Lower East Side. Her parents, Marion Cowings and Kim Kalesti, were a singing duo who performed and traveled regularly, bringing her and her older brother along with them. At age 16, King left high school, after earning her GED, to pursue her music career. She began playing shows in restaurants and venues around New York City including CBGB and The Bitter End.

In 2004, King gained the attention of Hitman producer Chucky Thompson, which led to a meeting with famed music mogul Clive Davis, and a recording contract with J Records / Sony Music.


Signing her first record deal with J Records in 2004, her debut album East Side Story was released 3 years later in August 2007. It went on to earn a Grammy nomination for “Best Contemporary R&B Album of the Year.” During that time King toured with John Legend and Floetry. She also opened for various artists such as Nas, Alicia Keys, Chaka Khan and Erykah Badu. After parting ways with her label in 2008, King continues her work independently. Her follow-up EP “Seven” was recorded in her home and released in July, 2011. In October she accepted an invitation from Maroon 5 to be the opening act on their European/Scandinavian tour in late 2011.

In May, 2012 Emily was awarded the Holly Prize (a tribute to the legacy of Buddy Holly) from The Songwriters Hall of Fame and Songmasters for recognition of the “all-in songwriter” whose work exhibits the qualities of Holly’s music: true, great and original.

In the fall of 2012, Emily was invited by Emeli Sande to open for her UK tour playing sold out shows in 5 cities including The Royal Albert Hall in London. 2013 José James’s No Beginning No End includes an Emily King and James duet: Heaven On The Ground.

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