Folk-influenced singer-songwriter Emma Kieran strives to create music that tells the stories of life’s endless ups and downs, in hopes that everyone can find a piece of themselves within her songs. Someone once told her that her music reminds people of their inherent goodness, and that’s something she hopes you can feel too. She’s been writing songs since middle school and performing for nearly that long. Having grown up in Colorado and now attending Grinnell College in Iowa, she’s inspired by the people and places she encounters along the way.
Emma's biggest influences are Colbie Caillat, Kacey Musgraves, Joni Mitchell, Vance Joy, Hunter Hayes, and Nanci Griffith. Over the past six years she has performed at venues such as Swallow Hill Music, eTown, The Mercury Cafe, The Laughing Goat, Avogadro's Number, and multiple open mics, as well as Kulak's Woodshed in LA, The Fiddler's Elbow in London, and multiple pubs across Ireland.
Emma won eTown's Handmade Songs contest, for her song, "Rearranged," in 2016, and that same year she recorded, produced, and self-released an album of seventeen original songs called Brighter.
For the past six years, she has been honored to serve as a singer/songwriter for The Songs of Love Foundation, where she writes personalized, uplifting songs for children and teens facing challenging health situations. She also works as a Community Musician through Grinnell Area Arts Council, where she performs in Grinnell nursing homes. Since 2018, Emma has run a week-long singer-songwriter camp for young girls, where she enjoys sharing her passion for singing and songwriting to inspire others to find their voice.
Emma is currently attending Grinnell College in Iowa and studying Multimedia Storytelling. She looks forward to see where her love of music and storytelling will take her.