Growing up in Dayton, Ohio and Geneva, Switzerland, Emilie Cardinaux studied classical piano, played the cello in string quartets and orchestras, sang in choirs, gigged in jazz bands, and composed music for each of those scenarios. After high school she chose a liberal arts education rather than conservatory training, attending Bowdoin College and later Amherst College. In 2002, she moved to New York and completed a two year Master’s program in jazz performance at the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Garry Dial, Peter Eldridge, and Dave Liebman.
Now, after nearly a decade in New York, Cardinaux’s musical pursuits remain varied. Her decision not to specialize in one musical skill opened the door for opportunities requiring a broad musical scope, particularly as a songwriter and producer. Since 2010, she has worked as a music producer on the popular children’s television series, Bubble Guppies (Nick, Jr.). Recently, she has signed on as a composer for the show, which is entering its third season. In 2011, Cardinaux appeared on-screen as the keyboard player in a band backing Jon Bon Jovi and Lea Michelle (of Glee) in the movie New Year’s Eve, directed by Gary Marshall.
Also in 2011, Cardinaux released her debut, Slow Down, establishing herself as an insightful, savvy songwriter with a voice decidedly her own. Drawing from the rich traditions of blues, folk, rock, and country music, she crafts compelling songs with thoughtful, intelligent lyrics. Cardinaux plays keyboards, guitars, banjo, bass, melodica, and cello on the album, sculpting sophisticated arrangements that showcase her smoky, soulful vocals. Slow Down features standout performances by several noteworthy New York-based musicians, including bassist/guitarist Tony Scherr (Bill Frisell, Willie Nelson, Norah Jones) and drummer Shawn Pelton (SNL, Sheryl Crow, Bob Dylan).
from Abbey Road
released August 14, 2012
Ukulele Version #22 recorded January 23 2012
Emilie Cardinaux – Vocals, baritone ukulele, dobro ukulele, bass, mouth trumpet, whistleing, glockenspiel
Produced by David Barratt and Emilie Cardinauxat The Abattoir Of Good Taste, mixed at the Abattoir Mobile, Atlanta Hotel Bangkok.