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Stay

by Emmalene Robinson

With her uncanny ability to glide between chest voice and falsetto, Emmalene Robinson's singing voice certainly has people talking. Call it Celtic-influenced; call it side yodeling if you must. Just don't call it Autotune.
Genre: Pop: Today's Top 40
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Seamlessly shifting from chest to head-voice, young Emmalene Robinson's jaw-dropping vocal style often draws comparisons to Celtic-based singers like Sinead O'Connor and Delores O'Riordan of The Cranberries. Not content being constrained by genre or gender, Emmalene effortlessly handles songs from artists like indie starlet Ingrid Michaelson, alternative rockers Imagine Dragons and Top 40 popsters like Ed Sheeran and David Guetta, all with equal aplomb.

A somewhat shy and unassuming High School junior, Emmalene was never one to openly court attention and notoriety, but since she truly loved to sing, she quietly uploaded a succession of homemade iPad-recorded videos to YouTube, just for the fun of it. Simple and unpolished, these video clips and the unpretentious ease with which she tackled them, charmed many a casual listener, resulting in several thousand word-of-mouth views and a respectable number of channel subscribers.

But it was her piano/vocal cover of Rihanna's "Stay" that quickly turned her school summer vacation upside down and her video into a bit of a viral sensation. A link to the video posted to the popular site, Reddit, was quickly tweeted by Halestorm's Lzzy Hale, retweeted by rocker Chris Daughtry and helped along the way by kd lang.

Fueled by a frenzied online debate about whether Emma's unusual vocal style was natural or the result of the use of the popular pitch control software device known as Autotune, the video went truly viral, snagging appearances on the Huffington Post, MSN, Yahoo and a slew of syndicated news and blogging sites worldwide. As views passed the million mark, TV news crews came calling, radio stations requested phone-ins, and producers and artists with silly names offered all manner of collaborations and management deals.

With her channel views at well over 3 million and counting, and with listeners worldwide continuing to ask where they can buy downloads of her performances, the young singer accepted an offer of a recording session in Studio B at Sunshine Drenchy Recording in Saint Petersburg, Florida. The idea was to record "Stay" in very much the same way as she'd done the original iPad version: quickly, but with the aid of a fancy HD camera and an overpriced but really cool-looking vocal microphone.

The result? A simple piano accompaniment and Emmalene's pure and largely unadorned voice, all captured live and totally uncontaminated by Autotune.

"This is NOT autotuned!" - Lzzy Hale
"Wow!" - Chris Daughtry
"Did you clean your room yet?" - Steve Robinson

Credits:
Piano & voice - Emmalene Robinson
Recorded, mixed & mastered by Brian Merrill @ Sunshine Drenchy Studios, St. Petersburg, FL
Layout - Jodi Myers

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