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Photo by Will Drinker



Emily Drinker is an independent, award-winning singer-songwriter from Philadelphia. Her soulful brand of folk, pop, and rock goes down smooth, whether she’s performing with her powerhouse band, the Funky T, or in a more intimate format, incorporating live looping. Emily is an artist who has found a way to do what she does using every weapon in her considerable arsenal. Emily has been featured by NPR Music, Philadelphia's WXPN, and played at many regional festivals including Firefly, Musikfest, and the Philadelphia Folk Festival. In the last few years, Emily has opened for Pat Benatar, Rufus Wainwright, JD Souther (Linda Ronstadt, Eagles, James Taylor), Switchfoot, Joey Dosik (Vulfpeck) and Bakithi Kumalo (Paul Simon’s Graceland). In addition to a busy performance schedule in Philly and its surrounding areas, Emily enjoys working as a session vocalist doing sync work for national TV shows, performing in half a dozen local bands, and hosting a festival in her backyard with her band/housemates. (CINNAMiN Fest!)


Some parts of this bio were borrowed - with permission - from Episode 27 of John Faye’s podcast “Talking at the Diner.”


Photo by Tessa Marie Images for Main Line Today

Read the interview from the September 2022 issue here!

Selfie with the incredible Pat Benatar! July 7, 2022 at Univest Performance Center in Quakertown, PA when Emily opened the show. More photos from the show here.

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