I write songs because I don’t have a choice. It’s a necessary form of creative expression that I’m passionate about – and it’s brought about tremendous connection throughout the course of my life and career. Connection with other musicians, connection with audiences, connection with friends…. These are the most true-to-me songs I’ve written to date and my sincere hope and expectation is that you will find something to connect to here, some tiny truths that we hold in common, and some melodic truths that, fingers crossed, will keep you coming back for more.

Tiny Truths was my first solo EP and is a collection of songs I wrote in the cracks of time life as a new mom allowed me to be still, quiet my mind, and create.

I’m currently working on as-yet-to-be-named album #2 as an experiment with recording one single at a time. Rocks + Bones and Set Up Song are the first two.

Sometimes I get to share the stage with my very talented and awesome friends, Jana Pochop and Katie Lessley and The Belle Sounds.

Upcoming Shows

Homeslippers  

Date City Venue
01/18/14 http://www.emilyshirley.com Homeslippers in Austin, TX Flipnotics
Time: 7:00pm. Address: 1601 Barton Springs. Song-share w/Jana Pochop, Katie Lessley, Anna Harris & Emily Shirley

Ryan Morris  

Date City Venue
01/25/14 http://www.emilyshirley.com Ryan Morris in Austin, TX Saxon Pub
Time: 10:00pm. Admission: $10. Address: 1320 S Lamar. playing keys in Ryan’s band

w/ The Belle Sounds  

Date City Venue
02/01/14 http://www.emilyshirley.com w/ The Belle Sounds in Austin, TX Maria’s Taco Xpress
Time: 6:00pm. Address: 2529 S Lamar.
11/22/13 http://www.emilyshirley.com w/ The Belle Sounds in Austin, TX Lambert’s
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 401 W 2nd St. Opening for Sarah Hickman
11/16/13 http://www.emilyshirley.com w/ The Belle Sounds in Austin, TX Continental Club
Time: 3:00pm. Address: 1315 S Congress Ave. Benefit for The Elks Lodge – we play around 4 or 5pm.
09/29/13 http://www.emilyshirley.com w/ The Belle Sounds in Austin, TX Nutty Brown Cafe
Time: 7:00pm. Address: 12225 U.S. 290.
09/28/13 http://www.emilyshirley.com w/ The Belle Sounds in Austin, TX Maria’s Taco Xpress
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 2529 S Lamar.
09/13/13 http://www.emilyshirley.com w/ The Belle Sounds in Austin, TX One-2-One Bar
Time: 9:30pm. Admission: $5. Address: 1509 S. Lamar Blvd, Suite 600.
08/28/13 http://www.emilyshirley.com w/ The Belle Sounds in Austin, TX Strange Brew, Lounge Side
Time: 9:00pm. Address: 5326 Manchaca Rd. Venue phone: 512-828-7636.
08/23/13 http://www.emilyshirley.com w/ The Belle Sounds in San Angelo, TX House of Fifi Dubois
Time: 7:00pm. Address: 123 S. Chadbourne. Venue phone: 325-658-FiFi (3434).
08/10/13 http://www.emilyshirley.com w/ The Belle Sounds in Austin, TX Wyldwood House Concerts
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: $10 donation. Address: Brodie Lane. You must make a reservation to attend! Sign up on their mailing list to get info! http://www.wyldwoodshows.com
07/27/13 http://www.emilyshirley.com w/ The Belle Sounds in Mill Valley, CA 142 Throckmorton Theatre
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $21.
07/26/13 http://www.emilyshirley.com w/ The Belle Sounds in Santa Cruz, CA House Concert
Time: 7:00pm.
07/25/13 http://www.emilyshirley.com w/ The Belle Sounds in Los Angeles, CA The Mint
Time: 8:00pm. Box office: 323.954.9400 (ext. 1). Address: 6010 W Pico Blvd.
07/23/13 http://www.emilyshirley.com w/ The Belle Sounds in Tucson, AZ Habitat for Humanity
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: $10 donation.

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Quiet Hours

A cover.

An original.

One with friends.

Press

“With tracks like Blueberry Song, Shirley has our attention.”
 —Austinist

“…the five songs she performs on this record are a wonderful addition to the great song of life.”
—Sean Claes, Austin inSITE Magazine

“…it’s a great listen, but it’s frustrating because it’s too short. I want to hear more of what Shirley has to offer beyond these five songs….I’d love to see Emily Shirley break out of Austin and take on the world, if only so I can hear more of what she has to offer.”
—Jester Jay

“Emily Shirley is on to something with these songs.”
—Daily Vault

“Tiny Truths consists of five brutally honest tracks set against a bluesy backdrop. Emily Shirley has the looks of a pop star but chops of folksinger.”
—SinisterGirlz

“Emily Shirley describes her music as experimental, and she certainly does not lie. Even in her short 5 song EP, Tiny Truths, her music runs the gamut. She manages to exude morose lament, raspy tenderness, and uncanny creativity all in the course of a mere 16 minutes and 27 seconds. She has described her music as ‘little windows of selfishness and creativity,’ and it is clear that with each track, that window presents an entirely unique scene…. in Tiny Truths she presents a range of emotion and aesthetic that makes each listen unique, new, and exciting.”
—The Needle & The Groove

“Each track on Emily Shirley’s five-song EP reveals a piece of her world, the local’s pensive indie pop weaving threads of melodic musings (Taking the Sun, Earnest) and personal quirk (Flowers, Blueberry Song).”
—Austin Chronicle

“What stood out most for me was Shirley’s expressive voice, in that it covered a range of styles with ease, from the sprightly and mischievous tones of Regina Spektor, to the dusky and sultry croons of Emmylou Harris.”
—Dryvetyme Onlyne

“Shirley has all the prettiness of pop without any of the cavity inducing sweetness.”
—Reviewsic

“The production sets Emily’s sultry-sweet vocals against a backdrop of plucked strings and marching band drums on one track and crunchy electric guitars on the next. Ranging from quirky to quiet in the span of just five songs, Tiny Truths is a great appetizer for those looking to cleanse their pallet of sugar-sweet pop.”
—Lyrical Venus