Emzee is a professional vocalist who hails from a musical family. Her father, Don Haywoode, is a legendary vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, composer & arranger who gained critical acclaim with The Velours - an American touring band whose first tour was with Ray Charles. Don went on to write their first number one hit ‘Can I come over tonight’.
Emzee has worked extensively with an impressive array of high caliber artists including Bo Diddley, Dr John, Mtume, Hugh Masekala, Osibisa, Herbie Hancock, Jools Holland, Barry White, Paul Weller, Lou Rawls, & Cassandra Wilson. She was also very active as a session musician and recording artist and was eventually signed to RCA records.
Emzee’s influences and training is derived directly from the Doo Wop and street corner harmony tradition and utilizes these techniques in her approach to teaching. She is a versatile and rounded musician who imparts an enormous amount of her armory of skills into her teaching.
Emzee’s is currently part way through writing her album and also continues performs live.