“Why Fall” is OUT NOW on alla digital platforms including Spotify and iTunes — the first raunchy-rust blue-eyed soul lament by the Italo-Scottish band Emma Morton + the Graces, taken from their debut way-cry record  “Bitten by the Devil” which is now available for pre-order on iTunes and will be out on DigitalCD and Vinyl on May 11th.

This week, the band kicked off their Bitten by the Devil tour which will cover ItalyFranceSlovenia, the UK and Denmark, after an already full winter season of sold out shows throughout Italy’s theatres, clubs and festivals.

Scottish Singer-songwriter Emma Morton’s dark, sexy and un-contained Confessional songwriting has found voice and a twisted mouth in her latest album project Bitten by the Devil, out on May 11th. The band’s debut record is a monomythic journey, where juxtaposing worlds of love and hate, fear and desire, oppression and freedom are exposed and celebrated by the band’s raw and psychotropic sound cocktail, fizzing with jazz, roots-rock and folk contaminations and all sung in Scottish dialect.

“This album project explores and celebrates the idea of “beautiful contaminations”; the darkness rooted in our past and present-day lives unites with the shimmering planes of exotic worlds and Americana soundscapes, which have been sparking our desires and imaginations through cinema screens and old record players since our youth. I am dealing with themes of shame and guilt, abuse and dirty sex; decorating them with a glamorous sonic army.” Emma Morton

The album was written and produced by Emma and her band of Italian gut+groove-soldiers; drummer Piero Perelli, and guitarist Luca Giovacchini. The band’s debut record is oozing with special guests and collaborators like Platinum Selling Artist Raphael Gualazzi, bashing the piano down in “Dirty John”, Gabriele Evangelista, one of today’s hottest double bass players on the jazz scene, Grammy Winning Gene Paul, and Sacri Cuori’s Antonio Gramentieri.

Singer-songwriter Emma
 Morton’s ascendancy through the DIY music scene has seen her work gain increasingly high-profile recognition: beyond the mounting number of performances she’s chalked up on major television and radio stations over the last few years, Emma has enjoyed reaching TOP 3 in the charts with over 240k hits on Spotifymajor radio plays, a publicity sync with Samsung and a number of collaborations and performances with international artistslike Raphael Gualazzi, Alejandro Escovedo, Olly Murs, Gary Lucas, Petra Magoni, Glen Hansard, and DJ Mollela.

As performers, Emma Morton & the Graces have definitely been around the block; Festivals, Clubs, Theatres, Television and Radio stations have all been playgrounds for them to push experimentation and “connection” – feeding off the interplay demanded by each audience’s unique and peculiar energy.

The Band; Piero Perelli (drums), Luca Giovacchini (guitar) and Gabriele Evangelista (Double bass) have toured worldwide with artists like Dana Fuchs, Vinicio Capossela, Bobby Johnson, R.L. Burnside, Frank Frost, Sam Carr, Pianco C. Reed, Stefano Bollani, Enrico Rava, Maurizio Geri and Francesco Guccini.

Emma Morton & the Graces pull you into their evocative and mysterious world full of juxtaposing experiences of love and hate, fear and freedom… Emma’s roaming eyes and deep febrile vocals charged as though each performance was her last confession. She doesn’t hold back… neither does the band, who in three, thunder and roar as if they were in twenty.” Moodboard Magazine, 2017.

 

 

 

BAND BIO

The band’s core members Emma Morton, Luca Giovacchini and Piero Perelli, met each other within the Tuscan Jazz Scene and have been performing together in different projects since 2012. This album project came together last year after the band gave an Amatrice Relief concert in the days following the earthquake. “As a band we felt compelled to respond to the overwhelming sense of solidarity present in Italy at that time and for the concert we chose to perform a repertoire of songs which had at some point in our lives allowed us to access the beauty of even our darkest fears, let us weep at the spectrum of our humanity. Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, T-Bone Burnett and Nick Cave were some of the artists on that repertoire. I abandoned all notion of my voice being an instrument that evening; sound became secondary to words which I instinctively sung in my spoken dialect. Together with Luca’s choice of pedals and haunting Jazz Master and Piero’s vintage drums we found our sound and a new collective identity which became Emma Morton & the Graces. When we play we each have a voice, our experiences and our identities meet, confront and console each other. There is an intimate interplay which I’ve never experienced with other musicians quite like I have with Piero and Luca.  

Emma Morton & the Graces are a confident and experienced live band and thrive off the improvisation demanded by each audience’s unique energy: “They pull you into their evocative and mysterious world full of juxtaposing experiences of love and hate, fear and freedom… Emma’s roaming eyes and deep febrile vocals charged as though each performance was her last confession. She doesn’t hold back… neither does the band, who in three, thunder and roar as if they were in twenty” (Moodboard Magazine, 2017).

The band: Piero Perelli (drums), Luca Giovacchini (guitar) and Gabriele Evangelista (Double bass) have toured worldwide with artists like Dana Fuchs, Vinicio Capossela, Bobby Johnson, R.L. Burnside, Frank Frost, Sam Carr, Pianco C. Reed, Stefano Bollani, Enrico Rava, Maurizio Geri and Francesco Guccini in festivals such as San Javier Jazz (France), Bospop Blues (Germany), Mahindra Blue (India), Smukfest (Denmark), Django Reindhart Festival (France), Maxwell Street Blues Festival (USA), Ethno Jazz Festival (Russia) and Bayfront Blues Festival (USA).

Emma Morton’s ascendancy through the DIY music scene has seen her work gain increasingly high-profile recognition: beyond the mounting number of performances she’s chalked up on major television and radio stations over the last few years, Emma has enjoyed reaching top three in the charts, major radio plays, a publicity sync with Samsung and a number of collaborations and performances with international artists like Raphael Gualazzi, Olly Murs, Gary Lucas, Petra Magoni, Glen Hansard, and DJ Mollela. She also collaborates with diverse high fashion labels such as Pi-QuadroSergei Grinko and Edda Berg and has been profiled in magazines such as VogueOfficielVanity Fair and Glamour.

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