Emmich, Val Biography

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Val Matthew Emmich
1979, Manalapan, New Jersey, USA
5' 10"
Rock singer/songwriter Val Emmich was raised in Manalapan, New Jersey, and took up the guitar after he was diagnosed with Lyme Disease at the age of 15 and was forced to curtail his physical activities. He graduated Manalapan High School. Soon, he was writing his own songs. He attended Rutgers University, and after graduating turned to music full-time, releasing his first EP, The 15-Minute Relationship, in the summer of 2001 on the Childlike Records label. He then turned to producer Wayne Dorell (who has worked with Tonic, Yo La Tengo, and Pavement), to help with his first full-length disc. Enlisting guitarist Anthony Bianco and drummer Eric Micali, they recorded Slow Down Kid, his 2nd release issued by Childlike Records in March 2003. With that, Emmich hired a publicist and shot a video for the track "Privacy Attracts a Crowd" that earned airplay on MTV2, and eventually he became the first independent artist ever to appear on MTV's Total Request Live. Soon after he was signed by Sony joining the Red Ink label, which had distribution through the Epic Records imprint of Sony Music. With that, he went back into the studio to make a refurbished version of Slow Down Kid. He kept six songs (with new overdubs on some), added four new ones, and got a new mix by Tom Lord-Alge for the Red Ink version of Slow Down Kid that was released in October 2004. Val Emmich's album, Little Daggers, will be released September 30 2008 via Bluhammock Music. Val has toured with Gavin Degraw, Better Than Ezra, Dashboard Confessional, Butch Walker, and others. Val is also an accomplished actor (Lucy Liu's love interest on ABC's "Cashmere Mafia", guest appearance with Tina Fey on NBC's 30 Rock. He'll be appearing in the new season of Ugly Betty on ABC as well as the independent film Fighting Fish.
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-   'Jill' (? - present)

-   Album: "Little Daggers" (2008)

-   Album: "Sunlight Searchparty" (2006)

-   CD EP: "The Fifteen Minute Relationship" (2001)

-   Album: "Slow Down Kid" (2003)

-   Album: "Songs, Volume 1: Woodstock" (2007)

-   "Jersey Beat" (USA), November 2001, Iss. 70, by: Jim Testa, "The Artist Formerly Known as Matt"

-   "The New York Times" (USA), 16 November 2008, Vol. 158, Iss. 54,496, pg. AR23, by: Nisha Gopalan, "Making Beautiful Music on 'Ugly Betty'"

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