A free-spirited DIY singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer that has always marched to the beat of her own drum, Ainjel Emme crafts a dynamic blend of torchy folk, rock, pop and soul.
Her first album, HEARTACHE IS BORING, was independently produced and released in October 2003 to critical praise ["Shimmers with art and soul" - BUST Magazine, "Hits the mark right out of the chute" - Austin Chronicle, Top 10 CDs of 2003 - Teresa Ferguson, KUT 90.5]. Ainjel performed regularly around her hometown of Austin, TX with a five-piece band and was featured live on the air at KUT, KLBJ 93.7 FM and FOX Channel 7. Her songs received regular rotation at KUT and KOOP 91.7 FM and won multiple awards online, including Indie Song of The Year (2006) at IACmusic.com.
In late 2004, AE relocated from Austin to Los Angeles and began writing for what would eventually comprise her sophomore album, EVERYONE IS BEAUTIFUL. During her time in LA, she worked as a waitress, guitar teacher and accompanist while developing new material and furthering her education in audio production and the music business. She performed at Lollapalooza and Coachella in 2006 with art-rock group MASS Ensemble as a percussionist and has toured internationally with all-girl AC/DC tribute Whole Lotta Rosies on rhythm guitar. In 2007, Ainjel contributed guitar and vocals to two songs on the first album for Tool / A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan‘s most recent side-project, Puscifer, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard independent charts. She was also a judge’s pick and the lone solo artist to advance to the semifinals in Spin Magazine‘s Hot Pursuit contest in 2007, during which contest judge and alt-rock statesman Perry Farrell deemed her “rich in character” and Spin editor Doug Brod proclaimed, “Very impressive stuff.” The same year, she was also named one of LA’s Hot 100 Independent Artists in Music Connection Magazine, who lauded, “Emme is a true diamond in a sea of rock and roll wannabes.”
Ainjel is currently gearing up for her first American tour. Her latest offering, EVERYONE IS BEAUTIFUL, is the exquisite culmination of countless hours spent searching, and an exciting intimation at what is yet to come from this compelling artist.