Emrys's Bio

Los Angeles based singer/songwriter, Emrys Hanley, was born to play music. As a baby, his mother sang him to sleep playing her acoustic guitar. As a toddler, he walked around with headphones on his ears all day telling people, "This is my favorite part." At age 10, his aunt took him to a Donovan concert. She dressed him up in a red velvet cape and love beads and fluffed up his curly hair into an afro. After the show, Emrys got to hang out with Donovan. The experience inspired Emrys so much that he began teaching himself how to play guitar.

Other Musicians Featured on Album

Emrys Hanley's first album was produced by Dale Ockerman (Doobie Brothers) and features Tiran Porter (Doobie Brothers), Dale Ockerman (Doobie Brothers, Quicksilver Messenger Service), Richard Bryant (Doobie Brothers), Barry Phillips (Ravi Shankar, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr), Vince Black (Black Uhuru, Peter Tosh), Grammy-nominated singer Tammi Brown, & Jimmi Sanchez (Bonnie Raitt, Steve Miller, Tom Waits).


Among musical influences, Emrys counts these artists: The Beatles, The Doobie Brothers, Lovin' Spoonful, Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens, The Eagles, Pure Prairie League, Bob Marley, Led Zeppelin, Prince, Dave Matthews, Ben Harper, Mozart, The Beastie Boys, A Tribe Called Quest, Weird Al Yankovich, Peter Tosh, Jack Johnson, Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan, The Rolling Stones, Nick Drake, The Cure, Steve Miller,The Grateful Dead, U2, and many more.

Album Released

Officially released in 2011, the album is now going out to thousands of radio stations around the world.


The album--titled Emrys--incorporates elements of folk, classic rock, reggae, gospel, soul, and country.

Emrys's Message

A frequent message in the songs: No matter what you're feeling or going through, you're not alone, and things will get better.


Emrys has been seen on NBC, Showtime, and the BBC, and been a featured performer at events and venues that also included performances by Michael Franti & Spearhead, Indigo Girls, Damian "Jr Gong" Marley, Arrested Development, George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, Paula Cole, Angelique Kidjo, and more... Emrys felt very honored to be invited to perform his original song "All I Wanted To Be (Is Love)" during the World Peace Prayer at the LA Convention Center alongside world spiritual leaders who prayed for peace in multiple languages. These leaders included: Japanese: Dr. Emoto, Spanish: Dr Alfredo Younis, Toltec: Don Miguel Ruiz, Chinese: Mantak Chia, German: Nassim Haramein, English: Don Tollman, French: Michelle Karen, Tibetan: Lama Geshe Norbu, Icelandic: Gudni Gudnison, Arabic: Dreaming Bear Baraka.

What is Emrys Doing Now?

Emrys is now touring, shooting music videos, and recording new songs.

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"...I listened to the first song, and I loved it so much that all I could do was sit there and listen to the whole album. His music is uplifting, inspiring, smart and sexy."
-Lillian Muller,
Playboy's #1 Playmate of the Year Cover Girl (9 covers)

"Emrys Hanley is a modern day poet...with soulful honesty and authenticity. His music is not only good for the ears, it leaves you with goose bumps."
- Jacquie Jordan, Emmy-nominated TV Producer

"Emrys not only has a disarmingly soulful voice with the ability to entrance his listener, his lyrics are so uniquely clever you can't wait for the next turn of phrase. He defines singer-songwriter in its greatest traditions. I'm lucky to have his songs in my film."
- Joel Silverman, writer/director

"I can't get enough of Emrys's music!!!! Just listening to his stuff is helping me to evolve."
-Springlea Ellorien, publisher

"..."Waitin' Down This Road" made me cry. It helped me see the good things in life."
- Louisi Pilger, singer
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