From an early age, Emma has been singing and performing in a range of styles and contexts, going on to study music at Trinity College Dublin. Since graduating, she has been gigging all over Ireland and abroad with a variety of different groups, and collaborating with different artists like Stu Daly, Discovery Gospel Choir, Loah, Trinity Orchestra, Tonnta and the Irish Youth Chamber Choir. She also recorded and produced several EPs and stand alone singles herself before stepping into the studio in 2014 to create PURGE, a short collection of songs with a cinematic sound, which saw her be compared to the likes of Kate Bush, I Have a Tribe, Tori Amos and Cathy Davey.
2016 has seen Emma touring Ireland and the UK with folk act TVJOY, and working on a new studio EP called FRACTURES, which will explore a sound closer to her live shows. The lead track from FRACTURES, “Count”, is available to stream now.
“A seriously talented songwriter and musician”
-Ian Martin, Goldenplec
“Emma’s vocals soar beautifully… There’s also a hint of Beatles and Paul McCartney.”
-Gary White, Totally Irish, 98FM
“Songwriting masterclass would seem to be O’Reilly’s speciality…[her] songwriting skills are nothing short of genius.”
– Julie Bell, Pure M Magazine
“Finding its home between the grandeur of alternative-pop songwriters like I Have A Tribe and the immersive folk of Cathy Davy, Emma O’Reilly’s music is deftly structured and set to an enchanting production which owes much to the dramatic leanings of Kate Bush…an artist on the ascendancy.”
– Stephen White, The Last Mixed Tape
“She’s an exceptionally talented lady with a bit of a Regina Spektor vibe to her music.”
– Niamh Hegarty, Across the Line – “That New Band Smell” with New Noise
Nominated Best Female Solo Act – Pure M awards, 2015
Nominated Best EP for PURGE – Pure M awards, 2015
For more information about Emma, please visit emmaoreilly.ie