The most recent member of a musical family spanning multiple generations, Emma is influenced by her mother, the award-winning jazz singer, lyricist, and songwriter Rondi Charleston. Emma’s grandmother, Elsa Charleston, was, in her day, a leading contemporary classical singer based in Chicago.
Emma grew up in a music-filled house, one that fostered creativity. Starting early at violin and piano in the Suzuki method, she made her musical debut at age five. At age eight, she made guest appearances at Lincoln Center, singing background vocals with her mother’s jazz quartet. Charleston has since created, performed, and interpreted different styles of music, resulting in her development as a classically trained singer who can also belt out pop, R&B, jazz, and rock anthems. Studying under Grammy-award winning Paula Cole, she continues to develop her sound by working with some of the industry's greatest talents.
Emma has always combined her musicality with her theatrical talents. Her wide array of skills has allowed the multi-talented musician to perform roles such as Veronica Sawyer in Heathers: The Musical, Rachel Jackson in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Sheila in Hair, Kate Monster in Avenue Q, and Hope Caldwell in Urinetown. Being the President of the Musical Theater Club at Berklee, she recently co-produced West Side Story. Fueled by a seemingly endless passion for and commitment to her music, Charleston is also currently promoting her new EP on SoundCloud, posting cover songs on YouTube, and studying performance and songwriting.