• Main Stage
    Monday 8•July•2024

Sometimes planting a seed can have major consequences. That is proven by Emily King. The American singer-songwriter grew up in New York as the daughter of two musical parents. They took both her and her brother on their tours across America and encouraged King to develop musically. It became an addiction, her only focus. She graduated from high school early at the age of 16 and then went all out for a musical career. Her first achievement? A feature on the album 'Street’s Disciple’ by Nas in 2004. Three years later followed her début album - 'East Side Story’ - and a first Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary R&B Album. This gave King a huge boost and she was asked to tour with Nas, John Legend, Alicia Keys, Chaka Khan and Erykah Badu, among others; she also worked with José James.


Flash forward to 2024. Her fifth album - 'Special Occasion’ from 2023 - delivered her fourth Grammy nomination. On the album, King and her long-time producer Jeremy Most dive deep into her own heartbreak to create an intimate, candid and mesmerising portrait of love, grief and the search for self. In these caverns of grief, she finds honest beauty and delicately presents this in her signature blend of soul, R&B and pop. She showcases her boundary-crossing talent on songs like 'Bad Memory’ - with folk influences - or the moody 'The Way That You Love Me’ - with string arrangements by Rob Moose, known for his work with Bon Iver and Phoebe Bridgers. "I think by telling as many stories as we can, we’re able to affect as many people as possible.” King digs deep and covers every aspect of her experiences. "It’s about trying to find joy in trying times — trying to celebrate who you are in your quietest moments, rather than in relation to someone else.” Ironically enough, we are looking forward to searching for who we are 'alone’ while we come 'together’ to celebrate at Gent Jazz 2024.