2016 FACTOR Juried Sound Recording recipient Emma Cook combines a powerful and haunting voice reminiscent of Sarah McLachlan with the song stylings of Feist or Ami Mann.
She also knows what it means to struggle. The Toronto indie-folk singer was well on her way to making a name for herself before a falling tree branch caused a serious head injury and forced her to take a hiatus from music to focus on recovery. After a three year battle with Post-Concussive Syndrome, she began writing songs again. “They just started pouring out of me” she said, “I was channeling all of the loss and frustration, all of the pain and hardship of the last few years.” Thanks to a recent FACTOR grant, Emma has finished recording her fourth album with producer Dean Drouillard (Royal Wood), the first single of which got her into the second round of the CBC Searchlight competition. Emma looks forward to a busy year ahead with an official Indie Week showcase and being part of the Export Development program and the FMO Conference before releasing her new album and embarking on a Canadian and international tour.
Before her injury, Emma had logged over 100 shows across Canada, the US and the UK and had official showcases at NXNE, CMW & Indie Week.