Emily Shackelton is a singing songwriter hailing from Biwabik, Minnesota. Up North, music surrounded her, and by age 10 she had performed on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion”, sang the National Anthem for the Minnesota Twins, and began performing annually at the Minnesota chapter of the Children’s Defense Fund. She went on to travel to the U.K. as the guest soloist for the prestigious children’s orchestra, “Sound of Strings”, and performed throughout England with them. She has also entertained the Board of Directors for the 2007 Legends of Golf Tour, and performed the National Anthem for the Boston Red Sox. In 2004, Emily began her studies at Berklee College of Music. She attended the school for 3 years, during which time she was awarded numerous Berklee songwriting awards and the SESAC songwriting scholarship. Most notably, in 2007 she won grand prize in the coveted John Lennon-BMI Foundation Songwriting Scholarship Contest. Emily moved to Nashville in September of 2007, and eleven months later, signed her first publishing deal with Bug Music. In the spring of 2008, her song “Dream Big” was performed on American Idol by winner David Cook, and went on to sell over 250,000 copies on itunes. “Dream Big” also peaked at number 15 in the Billboard Hot 100. She has had numerous songs cut by major label artists in Canada, the U.K., and Australia. Emily signed her second publishing deal with Liz Rose Music in November of 2010. She is proud to be part of this new dynamic creative team and looks forward to a life full of of words and music.