return to Artist Profile Playlist: Val Emmich

It's the question I fear most. I never know how to answer. I do lots of things. Or more to the point, I make a living doing lots of different things. For that, I feel very lucky.

I started playing music and writing songs when I was fifteen. After graduating Rutgers University, I got my first record deal with Sony/Epic. Since then, I've released more than a dozen albums as a singer-songwriter and toured the U.S. several times over. The Star-Ledger very kindly proclaimed me "one of the finest songwriters in the Garden State, [and] also one of the most prolific."

I've also been acting since I was eighteen. I've had roles on Vinyl (HBO), 30 Rock (NBC), The Big C (Showtime) and Ugly Betty (ABC) and been featured in a bunch of commercials.

Last but not least, I write fiction. My debut novel, The Reminders, is based on a short story that won an award in Glimmer Train's New Writers competition and will be published in May 2017 by Little Brown in the U.S./Canada and by a dozen other publishers abroad. It has also been optioned for a film.

I live in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Playlist Tracklisting
"It's All Right (No!)" (single)
"Almost Lost You" from "Whatever's Chasing You"
"All I Ever Wanted From You" from "Whatever's Chasing You"
"Wino" from "The Good Names Are Taken"
"What Doesn't Kill You Makes You You" from "Autobio (Part One)"
"Hey Hey Hey" from "Pack Your Bags, Pack Your Heart"
"I Am Your Heart" from "Posthaste (2001-2012)"
"Audience" from "Bulldozzzer"
"There's A Hope" from "Aide Memoire" (Val Emmich & The Veeries)
"Don't Wanna Go Home" from "Looking For A Feeling You Never Knew You Needed"
"Get On With It" from "Little Daggers"
"Just To Feel Alive Again" from "Songs, Volume 1: Woodstock"
"Absolutely Still" from "Sunlight Searchparty"
"Rat Race" from "Slow Down Kid (Childlike Records version)"
"Try Me" from "The Fifteen Minute Relationship"