Gryner can name-drop a diverse roster of collaborators and admirers that includes everyone from Nelly Furtado and Lou Barlow to Rob Zombie and Def Leppard; the last repaid her for covering “Pour Some Sugar on Me” on 2001’s Girl Versions by inviting her to play piano on their own covers record,Yeah in 2006.
In addition, Emm spent a year and a half as one of David Bowie’s hand-picked backup singers and one of Gryner’s many admirers is U2 front man Bono, who named Gryner’s power-pop ballad Almighty Love” as one of five songs he wishes he’d written. (Q Magazine’s 20th-anniversary issue)
In the past few years, Gryner released an album of duets (Joel Plaskett, Sara Quin, Bubbles of Trailer Park Boys make appearances) and also found the time to embark upon two more full tours; as well as a starring role in the hit indie film One Week in which she shares the screen with Joshua Jackson, (Dawson’s Creek, Fringe). Earlier in 2010, Emm became a new mother of a baby boy.
With a career highlighted by a multitude of industry and artist kudos as well as three Juno Award nominations (two for Best Pop Album), Gryner remains a business woman of high caliber, fiercely devoted to her fans. House concerts in fans’ homes, revealing journal entries (emmgryner.com) and handwritten personal notes that go out with albums all help Gryner stay close with her fans.
This September Gryner reunites with Juno-nominated producer Stuart Brawley (Michael Jackson, Lenka) for her 10th studio album, entitled “Northern Gospel”. A mix of Gryner’s trademark melodic pop and some epic balladry feature on the release, recorded by Brawley who produced Emm’s landmark first record, “The Original Leap Year”.
On September 23rd, Emm will be performing a CD launch concert in her hometown at the Sarnia Library Auditorium. Tickets are just $23.00 and are available at Cheeky Monkey, on-line HERE, or by phone at 519-332-0978.
Emm Gryner at Sarnia Library Auditorium is a Cheeky Monkey production.