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Emily Johnson-Erday

Emily Johnson-Erday

She/Her

Representation

Hilarie Spangler

Emily Johnson-Erday

She/Her

Biography

Emily Johnson-Erday (she/her) is a songwriter, actor-musician, and composer raised in the old-time music community of North Carolina. Her happy place is the intersection of traditional American music and musical theater.

Emily holds a BFA in drama from UNC Greensboro and is a member of the BMI Musical Theater Writing Workshop. She's proud to music direct and perform in The Fantasy Tavern, a nerdy immersive show with a viral online presence.

Emily was a finalist in the 2023 FreshGrass Banjo Competition, and has been a selection for multiple years at the Walnut Valley New Song Showcase. She plays banjo in queer folk band The Starlight Darlins as well as in Moonholler, a "bubble gum trad" string band. As a solo songwriter, she creates new Appalachian music with a genuine, folk-rooted sound, a powerful narrative arc, and a lyrical empathy that feels like a musical embrace.

Professional Experience

  • Off Broadway
  • Regional
  • Concerts/Cabaret
  • Tours
  • Bachelor’s Degree

Regions

  • NYC/Tri-State Area
  • Carolinas

Interested in touring?

  • Yes

Maestra Expertise

  • Theatrical Composer (Music and Lyrics)
  • Theatrical Composer (Music only)
  • Theatrical Lyricist
  • Songwriter
  • Singer/Songwriter
  • Vocal Arranger
  • Instrumentalist/Pit Musician

Primary Instruments

  • Banjo
  • Guitar - acoustic
  • Voice

Additional Instruments

  • Mandolin
  • Ukulele

Software

  • GarageBand
  • Musescore

Additional Skills

  • Actor-Musician
  • Singer/Performer