Who am I?

Singer, songwriter Kenya Emil’s musical journey began at the age of eight by playing the flute. At the age of 15, she performed in the Icelandic high school singing competition ‘Söngvakeppni framhaldsskólanna’. Her amazing voice wasn’t enough to keep her singing, and after the competition, Kenya stayed silent until her twenties. At twenty-two, Kenya was encouraged by those close to her to attend try-outs for ‘The Soul of Motown’. She won over the judges during her try-out, and the experience awoke her desire to sing and perform. In her own words: “Music became my main fuse”.

“I can’t really say that I have much of a musical background because growing up in Iceland, there wasn´t a lot of music played in my home. Then one day my mom bought me a CD by Earth Wind and Fire that I played until it broke. After that, I got a Bob Marley CD and from that point on, I was totally hooked on music.”

Kenya has always been quite the poet. At first, the thought of songwriting seemed a huge task. But then, she stumbled upon the realization that writing songs and poetry was near synonymous. She strives for her music to have no age, gender or cultural boundaries.

When asked what made her choose to pursue a career as a singer, she replies, “I can’t not sing.”  Coincidentally, her audience can’t not listen to her.

During the 2003 Motown revue, Kenya met Jason Nemor, current singing and songwriting partner. Approximately one year later, they formed the duet Kenya Nemor. From that point forward she has been unstoppable when it comes to creating music.

Kenya continues to develop her singing and songwriting skills, and has had the opportunity and privilege to work with a few of the music industries experienced producers: Aaron Whitby, Thaddeus Smith aka Pismo, Rohan Dyer and Roland Richards.  Kenya has taken the knowledge she gained from each experience and merged it with her own unique talents.

Since the Motown revue she has worked on various projects from acapella  to pop chart standards.

Kenya’s passion for music is persistent, and the sound of her voice is surely one everyone should keep their ears open for.


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