EmilyMoran_Brightness_Album_2017 Brightness is the first Aurora Birch record.
Emily Moran (b. July 14, 1994) is a songwriter, arranger, producer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and performer. Born and raised in Chicago, Emily spent her early adulthood in Boston, MA studying at Berklee College of Music. While a student of the school's rigorous Contemporary Writing & Production program, Emily supplemented her studies in arranging, orchestration, and production with additional focus on songwriting and old-time music, thanks to Berklee's American Roots Music program. With an eye to both the eternal lineage of song and the unsung tradition of arrangers, Emily developed Aurora Birch, her singer/songwriter act. Through Aurora Birch, Emily became a fixture in Boston's thriving folk community, performing frequently at venues in town (Club Passim, Juliet, Lizard Lounge) while still immersed in her schoolwork. Shortly after graduating in December 2016, Emily was awarded an Iguana Grant to fund the creation of Brightness, her first record as Aurora Birch. Brightness, recorded in March 2017 and released December of the same year, is a stunning display of Emily's skill as a writer and performer, and features a formidable co-production between her and Dan Cardinal (The Western Den, Lula Wiles, Darlingside). Emily lives in southwestern Michigan, where she teaches and creates music & art on her family's farm. In October 2019 Emily will be an artist in residence at the Marble House Project, where she will be completing arrangements and pre-production for her second Aurora Birch record.