Emma Frank with Neha
Born and raised outside of Boston, Emma Frank spent almost ten years in Montreal, working, getting a literature degree at McGill University, and working on songwriting before moving to New York City four years ago. Frank’s last album, Ocean Av, which Popmatters described as “a minor masterpiece” (Will Layman), combined modern jazz sensibilities and folk songwriting, and featured pianist Aaron Parks, drummer Jim Black, bassist Rick Rosato and producer/guitarist Franky Rousseau. Her fourth and newest album, “Come Back,” out September 6th on Justin Time Records and Nettwerk Music Group, is an avant folk exploration featuring pianist Aaron Parks and produced by Franky Rousseau.
Neha’s music has that nostalgic quality to it, one that will have you feeling like you’re sitting in a Parisian street café sipping a glass of champagne. Her arrangements are thoughtful and complex, and her sumptuous powerhouse of a voice will leave you awed at the 5’2 framed young Indian woman.
A gifted singer, composer & pianist, Neha’s style can be characterized as a smorgasbord of musical personalities. She cites influences such as Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Otis Redding, Donny Hathaway, Sam Cooke, Dinah Washington, and Carmen MacRae, to name a few. While definitely rooted in jazz, elements of folk, blues, pop and her mother’s classical indian musical background also permeate.
A graduate of Northwestern University with a B.A. in Economics, Neha spent four years working for Google in the Bay Area before leaving to pursue a graduate degree in jazz vocal performance at the New England Conservatory of Music. Neha has amassed a list of noteworthy credits, as a performer, educator and songwriter. Her performance credits include headlining at the famous off-Broadway show “Sleep No More,” performing with her songwriting project at Lincoln Center, and being a recurring guest of Dan Zanes, multi-grammy award winning songwriter and artist.
A recipient of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest finalist award for her original song ‘The Willow Tree,’ Neha released her debut album in January 2014, “The Dreamer.” She debuted her first record, Life Imagined, with folk/jazz indie band Everything Turned to Color in June 2017, and is currently working on her sophomore record with the trio. She resides in Brooklyn, NY where she has taught on the faculty at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music in Park Slope, at the prestigious Brooklyn Youth Chorus and at the Jalopy Theater and Music School in Red Hook.