Armed with her acoustic guitar and a heavenly voice, Emily Springsteen is a new, up and coming musical performer in Key West delighting audiences wherever she plays. In a relatively short time, Emily has become one of the busiest musicians in Key West.
Originally from Michigan, Emily’s first taste of Key West was while working on the Schooner Appledore V, while enrolled in an environmental education program. Those first impressions of Key West stuck in her mind and were strong enough to bring her back to Key West after she had returned home to Michigan. There she had been working at a native plant nursery focused on supporting ecological restoration and conservation projects. That work experience has given her a sense and desire for “keeping in tune with the environment”. After arriving in Key West, Emily worked a couple of different jobs, but soon found herself following the vision and encouragement of her close friend Jenny. Emily decided to play music and now feels blessed to be in a position where she is performing for other people, and able to touch them in a spiritual sense through her singing, with her voice. “I am mindful of accepting and learning from other people, and maintaining an environmental advocacy.”
She grew up in a musical family; her dad played guitar, and her mom and sister sang. Smiling , Emily recalls ”we all sang four part harmony driving up to the UP in Michigan”. Listening to folk and world music influenced her musical taste. Emily played trumpet in the jazz band in High School, and later received a BA from Michigan State in Interdisciplinary Humanities.
“Everybody wants to know if I’m related to Bruce (Springsteen) she laughs and says “you’ll have to ask him….I can be bossy (wink)”. Emily does have two cousins “The Springsteen Brothers” (Pat & Will Springsteen), that will be in Key West performing for the holidays.
After three years performing in Key West Emily is grateful. “I appreciate the music scene here..there is nothing like this anywhere. I’ve had a lot of support from the music community”. Emily enjoys giving back at the community fundraisers, and recently performed at the Sister Season Benefit, also know as the Key West Musician Festival. As a full time performing artist Emily is reaching out to local community organizations to give back “to help focus on positivity and sense of community as One Human Family”.
Emily hosts the open jam at Shrimp Road Grill every Saturday night, plays the Galleon Sunset Tiki Bar Sunday 11:00 – 2:00 & Monday 2:30 – 5:30, Mangrove Mama’s every Tuesday night, and Pincher’s Crab Shack every Friday noon – 4:00. You can find out more about Emily on Facebook page: Emily J Springsteen-Musician.