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.
Emma has always combined her musicality with her theatrical talents. Her wide array of skills has allowed the multi-talented Charleston to star in, direct, and produce local and regional theatre productions of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Hair, Sweeney Todd, Avenue Q, and Urinetown. She recently produced West Side Story at Berklee. 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.