Emilie Rose Bishop hails from Door County, Wisconsin. Based in Chicago, she has traveled to and lived in a great many places while balancing her dual career as a jazz singer and a chef. Specializing in the golden age of traditional vocal jazz, Emilie cites as influences Billie Holliday, Frank Sinatra, Blossom Dearie, Della Reese and Kay Starr. She possesses the deep, rich tone often equated with Julie London, though her styling and phrasing is undeniably influenced by the great tenor saxophonists Lester Young and Coleman Hawkins. Her rhythmic sense embraces that of pianist Erroll Garner.
She has shared the stage with legendary artists like jazz pianist Benny Green and popular singer-songwriter Jackson Browne. She has performed in numerous festivals. In Chicago’s world-famous restaurant scene, she is just as likely to know the chef as the sound man. Emilie thrives in the original acoustic setting for her brand of jazz: the intimate steak house or classy cocktail party. Over the years, sophisticated wedding clients have even left the most surprising of reviews: “we named our daughter after you!”