Emily Zuzik is a dynamic vocalist and Los Angeles singer-songwriter and guitarist by way of San Francisco, Austin, and New York City. She’s toured acoustically, led rock bands, co-written with songwriters and electronica producers alike and licensed many works for TV and film. And now, she’s about to release an Americana rock record, produced by Ted Russell Kamp (Shooter Jennings/Tanya Tucker/Duff McKagan).
Most recently, she released a digital EP called Tender with co-writing partner Geoff Pearlman. It includes the folk rocker, Winter in California (which was featured in Local Anesthetic on KCSN’s Out on a Limb with Julie Slater) and the soul ditty, Tender. The third song, Ernst Kirchner, was a rare song originally commissioned by ESOPUS Magazine (and was also featured by Julie Slater). Tender is a sample of some of Emily’s favorite American music influences: rock-n-roll, country and Motown soul.
In 2016, Zuzik re-teamed with Tim Lefebvre (Tedeschi Trucks Band, David Bowie’s Blackstar) to create a new record called Angelenos. The duo worked with numerous talents such as Gary Novak, Nick Littlemore, Peter Adams, Jason Linder, and David Siegel. Emily has also co-written with Dan Navarro, Ted Russell Kamp, Shane Alexander, Grant Langston, Art Hays, and Benji Rogers.
In 2011, Emily was a featured singer and cowriter of "The Low Hum" on Moby's "Destroyed" album. She has worked with a number of other downtempo artists over the years including South London's Sizzlax, Toronto’s Solid Stone, and Los Angeles' Acacia Downs and Will Pharaoh.
In the late 1990s, she co-fronted the San Francisco alt-country band, Sexfresh. The band released two critically acclaimed albums, The Fainting Room and Vacancy, and were featured in The Austin Chronicle’s 2001 SXSW Coverage.
A proud Epiphone Guitars endorsed artist and 2005 calendar girl, Emily released her debut solo album, The Way it's Got to Be, in February 2003, which received praises from NYC's The Village Voice and Time Out, as well as Performing Songwriter Magazine's Top DIY Picks, November 2003. Emily has been featured in publications such as ICON Magazine, GO! NYC Magazine and Women Who Rock Magazine. Emily's song "That's the Way" was a semi-finalist in the JANE Magazine Readers compliation in 2004, and also appeared as one of IGN for Men's "Babe of the Day".
Emily sang the theme song to the NBC rom-com "Love Bites" (2010-11. Additionally, Emily sang songs for the Aimee Teagarden character in the WB series "Aim High." Her music has been licensed for the MTV show Catfish, Bravo!'s Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce, the El Rey Network's Matador (episode directed by Robert Rodriguez), Sundance Selects film Free the Nipple, films The Endless and Spring, CW show Smallville and The Nate Berkus Show among others.
Some Reviews of Emily Zuzik
“The song [Ernst Kirchner] is sandwiched between a soul-filled pop tune, “Tender,” in which saxes and organ drive a light Stax-oriented song which, while having the beat, is more pleasant than raucous, and a semi-rocking country song titled “Winter In California,” end pieces which show three sides of a very talented musician.” - No Depression
"Emily Zuzik's voice ranges from a sweet and alluring croon to a low growl that would charm even the most world-weary." - Time Out New York
“Zuzik mixes the urgent intensity of Ani DiFranco and Tori Amos with the easy cool of Kim Gordon.” - Performing Songwriter Magazine
The Alternate Root, On the Radar featured Tender in its October 18, 2017 issue
Winter in California was KCSN 88.5 FM’s Out on a Limb’s Local Anesthetic Feature.
“Elements of blues, jazz trip-hop and psychedelia come into play on Sexfresh’s debut release. The Bay Area quintet composes dark, often trance-inducing arrangements littered with accordion, banjo and upright bass. What stands out most, however, is Emily Zuzik’s deep soulful alto that croons, wails and whispers with understated power. On the rocked out “Bitterroot” and their tripped-out cover of the blues classic (sic) “Baby Please Don’t Go,” Zuzik’s vocal presence elevates to an unabashed growl. “Two Dimes in One Shoe” has the lazy character of Mazzy Star, while other tracks resemble a less-processed Portishead.”
- Sexfresh: "The Fainting Room" review – Performing Songwriter Magazine