Born in Norman, Oklahoma, Emily Drennan began singing at a very early age predominately in church. With a mom who is a composer with perfect pitch and was a vocal music teacher, a Dad who played the trumpet, keyboard, bass and baritone and a brother who played the saxophone, piano and guitar, a musical influence seemed inevitable for Emily. Growing up listening to Karen Carpenter, Fifth Dimension, Sergio Mendez and Brazil 66, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Petula Clark, Sandi Patty and composers like Chopin, Vivaldi, Norman Dello Joio and Mozart, Emily grew up with an eclectic taste in music. Throughout her teenage years, Emily had the opportunity to sing for many varied events including singing the national anthem for the Indianapolis Colts, Oklahoma City Thunder, NCAA Championship sports and Softball College World Series.
Emily was selected as a National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts (youngARTS) Competition Level 1 winner. Out of 8,100 applicants in 8 disciplines, Emily was chosen as 1 of 2 Pop Vocalists in the United States. By being a Level 1 winner, Emily was later nominated and then named a National Presidential Scholar in the Arts which is the highest award given to a high school senior in the United States. This award also included a solo performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and a White House reception with President Bill Clinton. That same year, Emily graduated as a Valedictorian of her high school class and went to Oklahoma State University where she received a full 5-year college scholarship and 25 additional private scholarships enabling her to also study at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. During her stay at OSU, in addition to being in 12 National Honor Societies and an Executive member of 9 organizations, Emily had the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of musical activities. From singing classical music such as the Bach in B Minor Mass and Carmina Burana in Concert Chorale and Chamber Choir to being the Jazz Vocalist for 5 years for the OSU Jazz Band singing music by Duke Ellington and Cole Porter, Emily was blessed with a plethora of opportunities to expand her musical horizons. While there, she also was named the Outstanding Senior in Business, Outstanding Senior in Economics and Outstanding Overall Senior, Graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and minors in Finance, Marketing, International Business and Latin American Studies.
Within a year of moving to NYC, Emily landed a spot in the Drama Desk Award Winning Off-Broadway show Toxic Audio in which she later went on to perform in the show in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood and The Luxor and across the country.
Emily has recently been in the New York Spectacular starring the Radio City Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall and was a guest soloist at Lincoln Center. Prior to that, she played the role of Tanya in MAMMA MIA! in the Caribbean and Europe. Emily was also seen as a guest soloist at Carnegie Hall and as “Mezzo” in VOCA PEOPLE(*Lucille Lortel Award) Off-Broadway and its Dubai, Israel and Japan tours. With VOCA PEOPLE, she was also seen on The Jimmy Fallon Show, The MDA Telethon and as a special guest with Sting. She has also been a guest on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice singing alongside Cyndi Lauper. Emily has been the guest soloist with numerous symphonies including: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (u/s both Ann & Liz Callaway); Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra with Sandi Patty; OKC Philharmonic; Hendersonville Symphony; Tulsa Signature Symphony; Winston-Salem Symphony; Muncie Symphony; Colorado Springs Philharmonic; and Long Beach Symphony amongst other performances.
Emily is a GRAMMY (The Recording Academy) member, published ASCAP lyricist, composer, producer and recording artist for TV and Film and is a studio singer and voice-over artist for national radio and TV commercials. Her double disc debut album, Two-Way Street, released in 2012 and her A Mother Daughter Christmas album was released in 2016 and was nominated for a Hollywood Music in Media award and won the IMEA Holiday Album of the Year.
She also was recently named an Oklahoma State University 2013 Outstanding Alumni for the College of Business at the OSU Spears Hall of Fame Banquet and also as Oklahoma State University 2017 Distinguished Alumni for the College of Arts & Sciences.