Photograph by Ariana Miklowitz Photography

Emily Julia Kresky is a multifaceted singer-songwriter, guitarist and performer who blends styles of retro-blues, rock and roots. Born and raised in northern New Jersey, she relocated to Charlottesville, Virginia in the winter of 2014 and quickly immersed herself in the local music scene. Performing both as a solo act and with a backing band, she has since appeared on many stages throughout Virginia and along the east coast, including Jammin' Java in Vienna, VA and Rockwood Music Hall in NYC. She released her debut solo EP, “No Place to Be”, in March, 2018, celebrating its release in New Orleans during the 2018 Jazz & Heritage Festival with two shows at The Howlin’ Wolf Den.

Emily’s music is rooted in a deep pool of inspiration. It began with an early enthusiasm for creative writing and has since evolved into songwriting that draws from various genres, decades and playing styles such as rockabilly, Gypsy Jazz and blues-shuffle, to shape her authentic and recognizable sound. Her songs embody a whimsical storyteller quality and are rich with luscious layers of bluesy/soulful vocals, catchy melodies and hauntingly alluring lyrics. She delivers a captivating and infectious performance and continues to engage crowds and gather avid followers. Also dedicated to being an active participant in the local Charlottesville music scene, she organized and hosted Jam Fish Music Festival for three consecutive years, books music acts for The Shebeen Pub and Braai, is a teaching artist for MIMA music, and is the Community Outreach Coordinator for The Front Porch, a roots music school and listening room in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia.