Beginnings: Emily developed her musical talents performing in her hometown of Wareham, Massachusetts. She attended UMASS Amherst and Bridgewater State College, obtaining a Master's degree in Psychology and then moving to Vermont in 1990. While interning as a Guidance Counselor, Emily met Lynn Berry, Guidance Counselor, Artist, and published poet. When Lynn shared her poems and Emily shared her music, a songwriting team was born.
Performing: Emily has entertained audiences from the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont to the Jersey shore, including New Hampshire (the Highlands Inn), Massachusetts (Provincetown), Rhode Island (Stone Soup), New Jersey (Martini Beach), Pennsylvania (Philadelphia Pride), and Quebec (Adair Hall). Emily opened for Ferron at WOMR Provincetown. At the Human Rights Equality Forum (Philadelphia), Emily performed "Poet-Painter", a song inspired by Jim Wheeler, a gay teen who committed suicide in the wake of intolerance. She has appeared on the CBS/WCAX TV Morning Music Showcase and Tim Kavanaugh's Late Night Saturday show. Her music has been aired on Vermont public radio, WOMR Provincetown, 365 Internet radio, Rainbow World Radio and Sirius radio, earning top 40 and finalist status for favorite female musician in the Pride in the Arts Award. Emily and Lynn have been featured songwriters in "Out in Jersey" and "Boston Spirit" Magazine and received recognition for "Give Me a Dream" and "ShadowTime" from the Eventide Arts Songfest 2008. In May 2009, "My Youth" was selected for inclusion on a compilation CD to raise funds for Prevent Child Abuse Vermont (Area Code 802 Project). "Give Me A Dream" has been included on a CD entitled "Until They Come Home" which honors servicemen and women. Recently, "I Hear on the Streets" was selected for inclusion in a compilation CD to raise funds for a NYC shelter which provides basic survival resources to homeless youth.
Day Jobs: Emily incorporates her musical interest and talent into her full time Guidance Job at NCU Junior High School where she is part of the JH Jazz Band and runs Guitar Club after school. She performed with Bethany Yarrow as part of the "Don't Laugh at Me" anti bullying program which she brought to the JH. Emily and Lynn have conducted songwriting workshops in schools and at the National Education Association Convention. Emily is also an instructor at the Community College of Vermont in Newport, offering Guitar, Piano, and Music Appreciation classes.
CDs: First One (1998); Outside the Lines (2003); ShadowTime: Traditional and Original Lullabies (2004); Emily Nyman by request (2006); and Peace Offering (2011).
Description of Performance: In addition to original songs, Emily performs an eclectic mix of cover tunes, including singer-songwriter, folk, and classic rock, with a sprinkling of blues, country and old standards. Whether performing originals or covers, Emily connects with her audience in an intimate way, inviting listeners to experience the emotions behind her originals or reminisce to familiar cover tunes.
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Baby Steps Records, P.O. Box 284, Derby, VT. 05829
Emily's music "resonates with poignant remembrances of childhood, peaceful moments, painful realizations, personal sacrifice, and unconditional love. Words to warm the heart; Music to caress the soul." Tommy Raniszewski, Jersey magazine.
"This woman really sings!" Lisa Sammett, The Music Box.
Emily has "a pure and beautiful voice, effortlessly right on every note, combined with an immediately engaging personal presence... Her repertoire of (cover and original) songs has fine melodies and meaningful, poetic lyrics." David K. Rodgers, Hardwick Gazette.