Emily Chambers reminds you it’s never too late to Start Again with her latest single — premiering exclusively on Tinnitist.
Gliding past on a supple groove decorated with breezy acoustic guitars, twinkling piano, spry flute and breathy backup vocals, the Vancouver singer-songwriter’s sweetly smoky track is gracefully and perfectly poised midway between neo-soul, R&B, jazz and folk-pop. And it comes with an understated but insistently inspirational message to boot: “What’s holding you back from a life worth living?” Chambers asks. “Why are you waiting when time may not be there? It’s never too late until you’ve left it ’til the end.”
Chambers certainly hasn’t been wasting any time. Influenced at a young age by soundtracks like Sister Act, she was drawn to gospel and Motown music. She trained with Canadian jazz singer Joani Taylor from the age of 8-18, studying Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Etta James, Billie Holiday, Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys and more. She sat in her room learning every Christina Aguilera and Lauryn Hill run she could. She wrote her first song (for her mom) at 9; this turned into a love of writing pop music.
After high school, Emily attended Berklee College of Music, where she was introduced to artists like Amy Winehouse, Adele and Corrine Bailey Rae; thus began her obsession with the EU/UK R&B scene. After freshman year, Chambers took a three-week trip to Europe that turned into a four and a half month adventure busking across the South of France and Italy. It was there she realized, music was what she wanted to do.
For six years Emily was running a band while working a 9-5 job in Vancouver. In 2016 she took the next step in her musical dream, moving into a baby blue 1983 Dodge 250B camper van and touring North America three times, performing in L.A., Austin, New Orleans, Nashville, New York City and elsewhere. She has played with the likes of Rayland Baxter, Nikki Lane, Delta Rae, Walker Lukens, Liz Cooper & the Stampede, Briston Maroney, Lawrence and many more. Along the way, she’s released one EP — 2016’s Magnolia — and a slate of singles including Real Talk, Girlfriend Like You, Disappear and Too Much.
In 2018 Emily made the move to Nashville, but with the current state of the world, she is back in Vancouver until the world is ready to … well, you know. Listen to Start Again above, hear more from Emily Chambers below, and catch up with her on her website, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.