Emily Nancy Guthrie is a singer-songwriter born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. Active in the local music scene since 2008 with the band Painting With Ella, Emily has performed many times around Edmonton and Alberta, most notably at the Calgary, Canmore, and Edmonton Folk Festivals. Having graduated from Edmonton's MacEwan University Music Program in 2015, Emily holds a Bachelor of Music Degree with a Vocal Performance Major.
In 2015, Emily began working on a solo project, Emily Nancy Guthrie & The Wildflowers, with close friends and fellow Macewan alumni Mallory Chipman, Kate Blechinger and Brett Hansen. She then began work on her first solo record, Emily Nancy Guthrie & The Wildflowers EP, in 2016, during a two-week residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts. The EP, produced by friend and former classmate Brian Raine, was released at the Blue Chair Café in Edmonton on July 7, 2017.
From 2017-2019, Emily moved to Vancouver, British Columbia to pursue a graduate education in Archival Studies. Now living back in Edmonton and working as an archivist by day, Emily finds inspiration in her daily work through the connections that she forms with individuals and families as they are represented in their personal records. A nostalgic and sentimental soul, Emily delights in the hidden riches of forgotten letters, photographs and scrapbooks.
Emily’s song-writing focuses heavily on lyrical imagery and a heartfelt, ethereal vocal style, and she draws inspiration from human relationships, family history, nature and her own journey with mental illness. Greatly inspired by songwriters Joni Mitchell and Regina Spektor, Emily strives to draw the listener into her world through shared experience and familiar emotions.
In addition to her solo work, Emily is also a co-founder of Edmonton’s own three-part close harmony swing vocal group, The Jivin’ Belles.