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Emily’s King’s Acclaimed Album Special Occasion Out Today

May 5, 2023 – Today, New York City native and Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Emily King releases Special Occasion via ATO Records. Across eleven dynamic tracks, including “This Year,” “Medal,” “False Start” (a collaboration with Nick Hakim), “Bad Memory” (featuring Lukas Nelson)”, and “The Way That You Love Me” (in collaboration with Rob Moose), King shows off her “smart, catchy songs that blend soul, R&B and pop” (WNYC Soundcheck). Featuring production by longtime collaborator and Grammy-nominee Jeremy Most, Special Occasion is a bold, introspective exploration of love, heartbreak, and forward motion.

“I’ve called this a breakup-to-makeup-to-breakup-again album, but really, it’s about trying to find joy in trying times—trying to celebrate who you are in your quietest moments, rather than in relation to someone else,” King explains. “For me that’s still very much a work-in-progress, but I hope these songs will help people to find some hope and relief.”

Special Occasion is the follow-up to King’s critically-acclaimed Scenery LP and is her first album in four years. The album’s title track highlights King’s songwriting prowess and her ability to dig into life’s deepest sorrows and uncover unexpected beauty, shifting her focus on the little things that make life fun and worth celebrating. Earlier this week she performed “Special Occasion” on Live with Kelly and Mark – you can watch the captivating performance HERE. King also performed the single during a vibrant COLORS x STUDIOS session, which was recorded earlier this year in Berlin. You can watch it HERE. Next Tuesday, fans across the country can catch King on CBS Mornings as she sits down with Anthony Mason for a conversation about the new album.

Coinciding with the album release, King kicks off her North American headlining tour tonight in South Orange, NJ. Over the next few weeks, King, supported by Joseph Solomon, will visit esteemed venues across the country including Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, Los Angeles’ Wiltern, New York’s Terminal 5, and more. The tour will conclude on June 1 in Boston.

Last weekend, Philadelphia fans were treated to a taste of the upcoming tour during King’s WXPN Free At Noon concert at World Cafe Live, where she performed several Special Occasion tracks alongside fan favorites from Scenery and The Switch. New York City fans also were treated to a brief performance and Q&A moderated by Louis Cato at the famed Rough Trade.

For complete tour information and tickets, please visit: https://www.emilykingmusic.com.

Special Occasion album artwork

Special Occasion Tracklist

1. This Year

2. Special Occasion

3. Medal

4. False Start

5. The Way That You Love Me

6. Home Now

7. Bad Memory (Feat. Lukas Nelson)

8. Waterfalls

9. Who Wants My Love

10. Easy

11. Closer To The Morning

2023 North American Tour Dates

Fri, May 5 – South Orange, NJ – South Orange Performing Arts Center

Mon, May 8 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall

Tue, May 9 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues

Thu, May 11- Chicago, IL – House of Blues

Fri, May 12 – Madison, WI – Barrymore

Sat, May 13 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line

Tue, May 16 – Seattle, WA – Crocodile

Wed, May 17 – Portland, OR – Revolution Hall

Fri, May 19 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore

Sat, May 20 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern

Tue, May 23 – Austin, TX – The Paramount

Wed, May 24 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater

Fri, May 26 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium +

Sat, May 27 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre

Sun, May 28 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel

Tue, May 30 – Washington, DC – The Howard

Wed, May 31 – New York, NY – Terminal 5

Thursday, June 1 – Boston, MA – The Royale

Special Guests:

Joseph Solomon

Devon Gilfillian +

GGM Staff


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