About Emily Haines
Emily Haines is a Canadian indie rock singer-songwriter born on 25th January 1974. She is the lead singer, keyboardist and songwriter of the band Metric and a member of Broken Social Scene. As a solo artist, she has performed under her own name and under the moniker Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton. Haines possesses a soprano vocal range. Born in New Delhi, India and raised in Ontario, Haines grew up as a dual citizen of Canada and the United States, the latter related to her American-born parents. She is the daughter of Canadian poet Paul Haines. Her sister is the Canadian television journalist Avery Haines and her brother is Tim Haines, owner of Bluestreak Records in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.
At the age of three,after settling in Peterborough , she grew up in a house rich with experimental art and musical expression. Paul would often make cassettes of rare and eclectic music for his daughter to listen to and her early influences included Carla Bley, Robert Wyatt, and later PJ Harvey. By her teens, she followed in her parents’ footsteps by attending the Etobicoke School of the Arts (ESA) to study drama. There she met Amy Millan and Kevin Drew, with whom she would later collaborate in Broken Social Scene (co-founded by Drew), a musical collective. During their time at ESA, Haines and Millan formed their first band together around 1990, and she also briefly dated Drew.
Between 1992 and 1993,Haines attended the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and Concordia University in Montreal between 1995 and 1996. In 1996, she distributed a limited-edition album entitled Cut in Half and Also Double that included songs written and recorded during her student years.
Emily Haines Career
In 1997, Haines met James Shaw in Toronto and the two of them began dating and making music. Initially, the duo’s name was “Mainstream”. After releasing an EP entitled Mainstream EP, they changed the band’s name to “Metric”, after a sound that was programmed by Shaw on his keyboard in 1997 or 1998. In 2001 Winstead and Scott-Key joined them. As of July the year 2016, Metric had released six studio albums: Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? (2003), Live It Out in 2005, Grow Up and Blow Away (2007, but recorded in 2001), Fantasies of 2009, Synthetica of 2012, and Pagans in Vegas of 2015.
During her time in Metric, Haines also contributed vocals or backing vocals to songs by Broken Social Scene, Jason Collett, Stars, Delerium, K-Os, KC Accidental, MSTRKRFT, The Stills, Tiësto, The Crystal Method and Todor Kobakov. In 2004 Metric appeared in the 2004 drama film Clean. Haines and the rest of the band, appearing as themselves, performed their song “Dead Disco” and completed minor speaking roles in a backstage scene. “Dead Disco” also featured on Clean Original Soundtrack.Haines released the studio album Knives Don’t Have Your Back in 2006 , under the moniker “Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton”. The songs “Our Hell” and “Doctor Blind” were issued as singles and corresponding music videos were produced. Knives Don’t Have Your Back was followed in 2007 by the EP What Is Free to a Good Home?—recordings that were inspired by the death of her father.
Her solo work is typically more subdued and piano-based than her work with Metric. She occasionally plays solo shows, with Amy Millan featured as the opening act. According to Haines, the album Synthetica is “about forcing yourself to confront what you see in the mirror when you finally stand still long enough to catch a reflection. Synthetica is about being able to identify the original in a long line of reproductions. It’s about what is real vs what is artificial.” The album contains the song “The Wanderlust”, Haines’s collaboration with Lou Reed. Haines has explained that she is a “big leaver” when she encounters difficulty with the creative process, or is lacking inspiration. Prior to the fourth Metric album Fantasies, Haines traveled to Argentina. Haines further explains: “The advice that I would give anyone is just get over yourself and forget yourself. Realize what you don’t know … Don’t be so precious about yourself.”
Emily Haines became good friends with Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson before Reed’s death. When Lou Reed and Emily met, he asked if she would rather be The Beatles or The Rolling Stones and she shot back “Velvet Underground.”On March 30, 2017 Haines performed with Broken Social Scene on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert .Haines contributed to Broken Scial Scene’s album Hug of Thunder, released summer 2017. It is their first new album in seven years. Haines is set to release the second studio album as “Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton”, titled “Choir of the Mind” on September 15, 2017. The album’s lead single “Fatal Gift” was released on June 9, 2017. This will be her first release in one decade.
Emily Haines Age
She is 43 years old.
Emily Haines Songs
- Wavin’ Flag
- Black Sheep
- Gold Guns Girls
- Help I’m Alive
- Gimme Sympathy
- Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old Girl
- Breathing Underwater
- Artificial Nocturne
- Sick Muse
- Youth Without Youth
- Speed the Collapse
- Combat Baby
- Sweetest Kill
- Poster of a Girl
- Too Bad, So Sad
- Lost Kitten
- Monster Hospital
- Stadium Love
- Dead Disco
- Lover’s Spit
- Fatal Gift
- Collect Call
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