Episode 80, Nov. 21, 2017
Emm Gryner has found the sweet spot between being an independent artist and raising a family.
In her early 20s Gryner had a hit song on the radio, toured with David Bowie and then transitioned to a successful career as an independent artist.
Her songwriting has been praised by the likes of Bono and we discuss how a songwriting contest led to her radio hit, with Gyner detailing the difference between writing a hit for radio and writing to explore her own feelings.
Gryner was also the driving force behind Chris Hadfield’s recording of Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” in outer space, while he was the commander of the International Space Station.
Recently Gryner ventured into the world of musical theatre performing in “Joni Mitchell: River” with Louise Pitre and Brendan Wall. The challenges of musical theatre were new for Gryner who was more accustomed to performing in concerts. But Gryner explains the inspiration she drew from Greg Lowe, who went on to play on Gryner’s upcoming album. .
As well as touring to support her own work Gryner, is also the founder of the popular folk act “Trent Severn.”
Watch for Gryner’s upcoming project “Only of Earth,” an 80′s synth-pop and 70′s classic rock-infused album.
Nov. 23, Forest, On. – Kineto Theatre
Nov. 25, St.Marys, On. – St Marys Town Hall
Nov. 30, Sarnia On. – Imperial Theatre w Rant Maggie Rant + Sarnia Irish School of Dance
Dec. 02, London On. – Grand Theatre (McManus Studio)
Show times and tickets at Emm Gryner’s website
Emm Gryner on Twitter
Video: Emm Gryner and Joe Sumner celebrate David Bowie at Terminal 5 in New York