Emily Groff
Emily Groff
 

Breathe now available!

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Memphis-based singer/songwriter Emily Groff is bursting onto the national Jewish music scene with her energetic new EP Breathe. Featuring an all-female rock ensemble, (Devon Eisenbarger, guitarist for Katy Perry; Genna Projansky, bassist for Sam Tsui; Marian Lapino, drummer for Donna Missal) the album showcases Emily’s sweet yet sophisticated vocals and thoughtful lyricism and demonstrates her diverse musical influences that include Michelle Branch-esque pop/rock, New Orleans funk, and, of course, a hint of Nashville country. The title track “Breathe” was inspired by Emily’s personal struggle dealing with performance anxiety. She sings these lyrics on the title track: “I can feel my heart pounding out of my chest/Here my head goes again, I wish it gave its best/Five more steps and I’m there/Ten more steps and I’m gone/Turn around I’m back where I started/On the outside looking in”. Other tracks feature her unique interpretations of Jewish liturgy including new settings of Hashkiveinu, Ahavat Olam, Shiru Ladonai, and Lo Yisa Goy.
Born and raised in Miami Beach, FL, Groff moved to Nashville in 2015 to pursue bachelor and master degrees in music education from Vanderbilt University. Following her time at Vanderbilt, Groff shared her passion for music with students at Neely’s Bend Elementary School in Metro Nashville Public Schools, where she taught K-4 music. Her upbringing in Miami influenced her appreciation for Judaism and music. “Growing up in Miami had a HUGE effect on so much of who I am. Between street performers, concerts, and music being blasted from every restaurant, store, and bar, growing up in Miami makes you inevitably surrounded by music everywhere you go. I feel very fortunate to have grown up in a place where Judaism was not just accepted but also cherished and valued.” In 2022, Groff moved to Memphis, TN to pursue a full time career in Jewish music and Jewish music education as the Music and Cantorial Director at Temple Israel. There, she acts as their cantorial Soloist and founded and directs their music initiative: Temple Israel Music Programming and Outreach (TIMPO).
Groff was selected as a finalist in the Jewish Star talent search sponsored by Jewish Rock Radio in 2019. “Emily Groff is a true Jewish Star - a clear stand out! Beyond her fantastic vocal, instrumental and songwriting skills, Emily exudes SUCH amazing positive energy and has a rock solid ability to connect with communities, ” Rick Recht, founder of Jewish Rock Radio, said. “I can’t wait to see the impact she will have as a Jewish leader, educator and role model.” Via this competition, Emily met and worked with music producer, Josh Goldberg. A year later, she decided to reunite with Goldberg to create her own album. Emily says “I have been writing Jewish music for many years, and have been toying with the idea of making an album since I started college. Music has always been the way that I process Judaism and experience it most authentically, and I love the spiritual and musical creativity that collide when writing Jewish music. My style of Jewish music, however, has always been a weird conglomerate of my secular and Jewish musical interests which leads to the variety of styles present. I am excited to be able to share my authentic spiritual and music moments, and I hope that it helps people connect to Jewish music in different ways with the variety of genres I present.”