FOLLOWING HIS SOLD-OUT CONCERT AT TORONTO’S THE AXIS CLUB, JUNO NOMINATED ARTIST EMANUEL ENDS THE YEAR WITH A SHOUT OUT FROM ISSA RAE AND SYNCS IN HBO’S INSECURE AND AMAZON PRIME’S HARLEM
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ISSA RAE SHOUTS OUT EMANUEL ON TWITTER: “Love his album.”
“PILLOWS,” FROM EMANUEL’S DEBUT ALBUM ALT THERAPY, APPEARED IN EPISODE 8 OF THE FINAL SEASON OF HBO’S INSECURE
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EMANUEL’S DEBUT SINGLE “NEED YOU” APPEARED IN EPISODE 8 OF THE NEW AMAZON PRIME SERIES HARLEM
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“Emanuel has crafted out a space for himself that has not only captured global attention but one that also embarks on a journey of mental health as a Black man from an Ethiopian family.” - RnB Radar
“Emanuel is a global talent with a voice out of this world.” – EARMILK
“effortless vocals …enchanting and soul-drenched” – Wonderland
ALT THERAPY is a journey. A narrative of discovering a deep self-awareness and celebrating personal growth, Emanuel’s debut album is the testament of a young man in the process of becoming a great man.
“This album represents a spiritual self-discovery for me,” says Emanuel. “It’s about the nuances of the human experience. I hope ALT THERAPY inspires others to gain understanding about themselves and the world, and that it’s attached to beautiful memories in their lives the way certain music is attached my mine. That would be an honour.”
Emanuel’s talent is indisputable. Discovered by Canadian hip-hop icon Kardinal Offishall, launched by global superstar Idris Elba, signed by legendary R&B record label Motown Records, honoured with a JUNO Award nomination for his debut EP, and championed by fans, critics and industry partners alike, Emanuel is one of the most destined new voices in R&B.
With over 80 million global streams, the first-generation Canadian has had a breakout year establishing his artistry through meaningful, expressive music in a time he describes as a “renaissance of beautiful black art in the world.” Since releasing his debut single “Need You” in April of 2020, Emanuel has achieved international acclaim for his undeniable talent and introspective, emotionally charged music. Released at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, “Need You” quickly became an early quarantine anthem as people from over 20 countries submitted personal videos and photos for the collaborative music video curated by Golden Globe-winning actor, musician, producer and Executive Producer of Emanuel’s debut album Idris Elba OBE. Before even releasing his debut EP Session 1: Disillusion (shared with the world on Juneteenth), Emanuel was named Apple Music's New Artist of the Week, one of Amazon Music's Artists to Watch, a Soundcloud Featured Artist, and a Spotify “On The Radar” Artist. Following the release of the EP, Emanuel became the first ever artist to be chosen for Spotify’s On The Radar program in Canada and was also named the Beats Artist of the Week. In October of 2020, Emanuel released “Black Woman”, the first single from his sophomore EP, alongside a digital portrait series that honoured Black female leaders in the Toronto’s artistic and advocacy communities. The portraits towered over Toronto’s Yonge & Dundas Square for the first week of release on a bespoke Spotify billboard, the first ever of its kind. Alongside the December release of his Session 2: Transformation EP, Emanuel announced that legendary music label Motown Records would be his U.S. label partner. After making several end of year lists (including EARMILK’s ‘Best Songs of 2020’, Complex’s ‘25 Canadian Artists to Watch Out For in 2021’ and Rolling Stone India’s ‘Top 100 Songs of 2020’), Emanuel’s momentum has only continued into 2021. With the achievement of his first JUNO Award nomination for Traditional R&B/Soul Recording of the Year, the release of his phenomenal debut album ALT THERAPY to international acclaim, selling out his first performance of ALT THERAPY at Toronto’s The Axis Club, and receiving a shout out from Issa Rae after his song “Pillows” appeared in the final season of Insecure, Emanuel has achieved another massive year of artistic growth and accomplishment.