Emily Kinney “Blue Toothbrush”

January 28, 2012 at 8:48 pm | 3 comments

I first became aware of Emily Kinney when I saw her play Anna in “Spring Awakening” on Broadway. Having been lucky enough to score on stage seats for this show, it was a great opportunity to see and feel the passion of the cast up close and personal. In my humble opinion, Emily’s passion and presence stood out from all of the others (which is no easy task when sharing the stage with other amazing performers such as Hunter Parrish, Gerard Canonico and Emma Hunton, all of which I have tremendous respect for and would headline my all star cast of this particular show).

I was able to see Emily Kinney live on stage once again when the first national tour of “August: Osage County” came through Denver. It was great to see that her talent crossed over well between a musical and a straight show…(some performers unfortunately can’t do it bless their hearts).

Now Emily’s new project (well, one of them anyway) is a 5 song EP called “Blue Toothbrush”. I found her original songs to be very honest, intimate and sweet with a playful edge to them that sometimes borders on the naughty side. At the risk of sounding too pretentiously artsy, I could feel while listening to her voice, the heart of a Midwestern girl morph with the loneliness and pain of the big city. I could sense lyrics written in hotel rooms on the road, backstage before shows and in an empty apartment between those times of incredible ups and those seemingly never ending downs. Ok, I’m probably reading way too much into something that was meant to be much more light hearted… but hey, when have I ever taken the obvious route on anything?

Her songs have a depth to them while remaining simple and an erotic playfulness that remains innocent. That’s an impressive accomplishment for any songwriter to pull off.  You can hear this music for yourself by downloading Emily Kinney’s EP Blue Toothbrush on iTunes or at CD Baby.

 

Gary Dean Hathaway  (garydeanhathaway@comcast.net)

 

 

 

 

3 responses to “Emily Kinney “Blue Toothbrush””

  1. Really good site, keep on posting !

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