“The more I worked at it, the more I couldn't see myself doing anything else. So now when people ask about my backup plan I say, "I don't want a backup plan to fall on." I had all these little steps that made it feel like the right thing for me. Nothing makes me happier,”
- Emma Lamontagne
At a statuesque six-foot-one, it’s hard not to notice Ottawa singer-songwriter Emma Lamontagne but it is her emotive live performances, insightful song writing and soulful voice that has garnered her some well-deserved attention. The winner of the 2106 RBC Ottawa Bluesfest “She’s the One” competition -- a Canada-wide talent search for emerging female artists -- Emma was awarded a coveted one-single contract with Cadence Music Group (Universal). The resulting debut single “I Don’t Sleep” went on to surpass 425,000 streams on Spotify since its release in July 2017. It reached #1 on CKDJ 107.9’s WT10 and peaked at #16 on the CBC Radio 2 Top 20 chart where it continues to enjoy regular rotation.
Emma’s childhood music lessons parlayed into song writing in her early teens. Inspired by deeply personal experiences, her writing is honest and unfettered, and crafted with polished pop-infused melodies. Her natural ease on stage has already earned her many fans including noted industry influencers. She has collaborated with 5-time Juno Award Winner 5-time Canadian Classic Award Winner and Grammy Nominee Alan Frew Glass Tiger (Capitol), Robyn Dell’Unto (Fontana North) Kayla Diamond (Maple Music), and Ezra Jordan. Emma has just completed writing and recording her first album, Uncomfortable Eye Contact with multi-platinum award wining producer Rob Wells (Sony ATV).
Released in June 2019, the first track ‘Love Games’ from this debut album has already had over 96K views on YouTube and has received global press coverage, including from the UK, Sweden, and the US. The Art of Reality, a passionate stormy song centred around love at first sight, written by Emma Lamontagne, Alan Frew (Glass Tiger) and Sean Andrews dropped on October 11th along with a brand-new video directed by Rob Wells.
Uncomfortable Eye Contact was released nationwide on October 25th.
Singer songwriter pianist and guitarist Emma Lamontagne is a proud recipient of a FACTOR JSR award and an Ontario Arts Council and OMIC grant recipient. She was a finalist of the “UK Songwriting Contest 2018” in the Adult Contemporary division with her original song “All for One.”