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Emily Lehr

when’s the last time you took a deep breath?

A native West Virginian, Emily Lehr finds comfort in the tradition of her Appalachian roots while maintaining her own spin on her sound. Borrowing the storytelling traditions and mellow timbres of Carole King and Joni Mitchell, Lehr sings to the current generation while incorporating echoes of the past in addition to finding inspiration in modern influences such as Lizzy McAlpine and Madison Cunningham in tone and introspective songwriting.

Lehr began singing and making music as soon as she could talk and began writing songs in elementary school. As a music therapy and Appalachian music student at West Virginia University, Lehr came into her own as a vocalist and writer, supported by mentors and friends along the way. Most notable was her time with Grammy nominated artist and Mountain Stage host Kathy Mattea to discuss songwriting, performing, and life in Nashville.

Lehr considers these meetings the catalyst of her push to move to Nashville and professionally pursue songwriting and performing. Lehr released her first full length project, The Drive Home, in collaboration with Morgantown, WV’s Mon Hills Records in April 2021, which was followed by a small collection of singles. Despite her familiar sound, Lehr is continuously exploring new styles and themes, as will be evident in her sophomore created in collaboration with producer Chris Kuskey.