Emmelyne Kemp was born in Chicago. She is a pianist, vocalist, bandleader, Broadway composer, actress, lecturer, and an American music researcher. She is a protégé of Eubie Blake. She is best known as a Broadway composer and actor for Bubbling Brown Sugar.
Eubie Blake chose her to record his music on his EBM label. She performed her original songs on THE GUIDING LIGHT and CAPTAIN KANGAROO, appeared on ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT and OH BOY, BABIES! on NBC. In Woody Allen's film, SWEET AND LOWDOWN, Emme is shown in jam session scenes with Sean Penn. She has appeared in Dick Hyman's Jazz in July series at the 92nd Street Y, the Schomberg Center's Women in Jazz Festival, and received an Audelco Pioneer Award for her theatre contributions.
This former piano prodigy, three-year military woman and international artist was commissioned through the Chicago Defender to create her Echoes Out of Time theatre piece, received a National Endowment for the Arts award as well as awards from IWJ and the NAB&P Women.
An American music researcher, Ms. Kemp studied at Northwestern University, Berklee College of Music and New York University. She played at Carnegie Hall with the NYU Jazz Ensemble under Jimmy Giuffre and has appeared on numerous college campuses and at festivals. Emme's lectures and writings form a significant overview of popular culture.
"...one of the most accomplished female multitalented artists in the business." - BALTIMORE SUN