“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 songwriting, and soulful voice that has garnered her some well-deserved attention. Emma began turning heads in 2016 after winning RBC Bluesfest’s “She’s The One” competition, a Canada-wide talent search for emerging female artists. The “She’s The One” judges were captivated by Emma’s voice and her ability to deliver an emotive live performance. Her debut single “I Don’t Sleep” has surpassed 435,000 streams on Spotify since its release in July 2017.
Since winning the “She’s The One” contest, Emma has worked with some venerable names in the Canadian music industry, including Rob Wells (Sony ATV), 5 time Juno Award Winner, 5 time Canadian Classic Award Winner and Grammy Nominee Alan Frew of Glass Tiger (Capitol), as well as Robyn Dell’Unto (Fontana North), Kayla Diamond (Maple Music), BRDGS, Liza, DRMS (of SOMMM), and Ezra Jordan to name a few, allowing her to hone her craft even further. She has played Indie Week, RBC Bluesfest, and Canadian Music Week where she had the chance to perform for Linda Perry of the 4 Non Blondes.
Emma’s debut album - Uncomfortable Eye Contact - has amassed over 160K streams since its release in October 2019. She is the recipient of a FACTOR JSR grant, and an OAC sound recording grant.