This month’s spotlight is on singer and songwriter Emily Angell, of Bronx Battle of the Boroughs Winners Emily Angell and the MK47s.
What part of the Bronx are you from? What do you like about the neighborhood?
My drummer and I live in Woodlawn, I work in Riverdale and my bass player Cristina grew up in Morris Park. I love the community feel of it while still being part of NYC and having access to all the amazing things that go on in the city.
Has the Bronx played a role in your development as a musician? If so, how?
Yes, absolutely. I sing in and around Woodlawn and I love the live music scene in our neighborhood. But the crowds are tough, so you really have to be on your A-game (and know how to handle those less sober than you)! I’ve had to step outside of my comfort zone and really get into playing for hours on end. Its such a fun experience to bring an eclectic mix of music to a new crowd… they never know how to handle me at first, and then we all end up being best friends at the end of the evening.
What was it like competing in the Battle of the Boroughs?
Battling for the Bronx supercharged my love for playing with my band. The MK47s were downright giddy waiting to go onstage, and that was one of the most fun parts… the rush of walking out to the crowd together. Having our friends, family, and about 300 people in the Greene Space in addition to the thousands watching online was awesome. It was a joy to bring our music to all of those people and to feel the love and support.
What are your top three favorite places in the Bronx?
I enjoy kicking it at the Rambling House in Woodlawn, biking through Van Cortlandt Park, & brunching (that’s word… right? 😉 at the Tin Marin in Riverdale
What’s next for the band? Are there any new projects or shows we should look out for?
There is a LOT in store for both for me as a solo artist as well as with the MK47s. We’ve been writing new material that’s completely taken on a life of its own, so stay tuned for the latest EP dropping in the fall. I will say it’s got a little bit of a pop/bluegrass thing going on. I’m constantly recording new material as a singer/songwriter, and am in the midst of a website rebuild. Our fans can stay up to date on the latest by visiting emilyangellmusic.com as well as liking us on facebook (facebook.com/emilyangellmusic) as well as following me on twitter @emangellmusic. Rock on Bronxites! :*