Folk-influenced singer-songwriter Emma Kieran creates 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. Her music has echoes of Jewel, John Denver, Nanci Griffith, Kacey Musgraves, Colbie Caillat, Jason Mraz, Norah Jones, and Patty Griffin — some of the many singer-songwriters she has been influenced by over the years. Someone once told her that her music reminds people of their inherent goodness, and that’s something she hopes you will feel too.
Emma began playing violin at the age of five, and from a young age she was also writing stories and singing at every possible moment. In middle school, she discovered that two of her favorite things -- writing and singing -- could combine, and she’s been writing songs ever since. Over the years she has taught herself guitar and piano and has produced her own music as well. In 2016, she won eTown’s Handmade Songs Competition for her original song, “Rearranged.” She has performed at venues such as Swallow Hill Music and The Mercury Cafe in Denver, eTown Hall in Boulder, numerous small venues in Iowa, and pubs across Ireland.
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.