Emily Drinker

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Emily Drinker
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
CitizenshipUnited States
Years active2017-present

Emily Drinker is an American singer-songwriter and musician from Philadelphia. She is known for her blend of folk, pop, and rock and has performed locally and internationally.[1]

Notable works include Run the Race (2017), Enough is Enough (2020), Starting to Feel (2022), and 5th Ave (2023), among others. Her music is available on all major streaming platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, and Soundcloud.[2][3]

Early life and education

Drinker was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Barnard College in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in ethnomusicology, where she trained in jazz, classical, and cappella singing.


Drinker began her musical career by performing on celebrity cruises with the band Funky T.[4][5] The band performed on various luxury cruise ships in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, as well as on stages throughout Philadelphia and its surrounding areas.[6]

In 2017, she started an independent career as a singer-songwriter. Her music style combines cappella, jazz, soul, and pop, characterized by soulful and honest lyrics that explore self-discovery, relationship dynamics, and life's challenges.[7][8]

Drinker's debut EP, Run the Race, was released in November 2017. NPR Music featured her on their Tiny Desk on the Road tour in 2018. She released her debut album, Starting to Feel, in April 2022, featuring seven tracks. The songs delve into themes of relationships and personal experiences.[9][10]

Drinker has been featured by Philadelphia's WXPN and has played at regional festivals such as Firefly, Musikfest, and the Philadelphia Folk Festival. She has opened for notable artists, including Pat Benatar, Rufus Wainwright, and Switchfoot. In addition to her solo work, she is active in the local music community, performing with multiple bands and serving as a session vocalist.[11][12]

Awards and recognitions

In 2017, Emily Drinker won the Philadelphia Songwriters Project contest.



  • Run the Race (2017)


  • Starting to Feel (2020)
  • Enough is Enough (2020)
  • Don't Waste Your Say (2020)
  • Come With Me (2021)
  • On the Hunt (2021)
  • Guilty (2021)
  • Serial Killer (2022)
  • Finish My Sentence (2022)
  • Something's Coming (2023)
  • 5th Ave (2023)


  • Starting to Feel (2022)


  1. Lizzo, Gina (2 September 2022). "Meet Conshohocken Singer/Songwriter Emily Drinker". Main Line Today. Retrieved 15 May 2024.
  2. "Mark Mandeville, Raianne Richards & Emily Drinker: Triple Folk Singer-Songwriter Co-Bill | May 17, 2024". Godfrey Daniels. Retrieved 15 May 2024.
  3. Beck, Tom (22 June 2023). "Emily Drinker returns to the Hill for a party at Pastorius Park". The Chestnut Hill Local. Retrieved 15 May 2024.
  4. "Emily Drinker and the Funky T". Harmony In The Woods. Retrieved 15 May 2024.
  5. "Emily Drinker and the Funky T | Harmony in the Woods | Hawley, PA 18428". www.poconomountains.com. Retrieved 15 May 2024.
  6. "Emily Drinker on SoundBetter". SoundBetter. 14 November 2021. Retrieved 15 May 2024.
  7. ""Talking At The Diner" Podcast Ep. 27 ft. Emily Drinker". johnfaye.com. Retrieved 15 May 2024.
  8. "Maeve & Quinn with Zoe Lemon and Emily Drinker - The Fallser Club". thefallserclub.com. 6 February 2024. Retrieved 15 May 2024.
  9. "Emily Drinker". 215Music - Philadelphia and beyond. Retrieved 15 May 2024.
  10. "Things To Do in Carlsbad NM - Carlsbad Current-Argus". www.currentargus.com. Retrieved 15 May 2024.
  11. "Calendar". WFMZ.com. Retrieved 15 May 2024.
  12. "Live Sessions". Live Sessions. Retrieved 15 May 2024.

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