Chance Emerson, Theo Kandel
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Chance Emerson is a 23-year-old, Taiwanese-American singer-songwriter originally from Hong Kong and now residing in Providence, RI.
Whilst enrolled as a student at Brown University, Emerson steadily built up a loyal fanbase amongst both college and indie/folk rock audiences at large through an unrelenting release & touring schedule which saw him sell out countless headline shows as well as support more established artists including Johnnyswim, Eli Young Band, Lawrence, Ripe, Blues Traveler, Brett Dennen and even Nancy Wilson’s Heart!
His recently released 10-track album, Ginkgo, exquisitely showcases the many reasons behind his swift ascent from dorm-room troubadour to nationwide touring phenom; a rise driven as much by his fellow Gen Z/TikTok-engaging peers, as by firmly established artists who have invited him to support them on tour.
Ginkgo, which is 100% self-written and produced entirely by Emerson’s good friend Jack Riley, was written “to trace the cyclical nature of young love and was done experimentally in ‘real-time,’ meaning the love songs were written when I was in love, the heartbreak songs were written in times of immense pain, and the songs about rebuilding and falling again were written, well, just a few months ago” explains Emerson. “Ginkgo had to take that long because it took that long for me to get there. I put pen to paper in each phase of my growing up to chase the truest depiction of love and loss I could muster.”
The album’s first track House We Share – a song about what happens when two people who are in love take the plunge and move in together – has already crossed over 1 Million streams and received support in many areas, including features in Spotify’s powerful ‘Dinner With Friends’ and ‘Next Gen Singer-Songwriter’ playlists. Emerson explains “I had just moved into a little cabin in the woods of Maine with my first long-term partner and I noticed all these little things I was doing differently: the wood in the fireplace was stacked neatly, the houseplants were thriving and there was some kind of joyful honeymoon energy imbued in even the dust floating through the air in the early mornings. I looked back on that experience this year in my (literal) pink-tinted glasses and started writing… A month later I went back to that cabin with my closest friend and we recorded the 12-string guitar in the living room and sampled the attic acoustics for the ambience behind the song. These are some of the most honest lyrics I’ve ever written and I knew it would be the first single of my upcoming record.”
Emerson released his first self-produced EP, The Indigo Tapes, back in 2017. Recorded in his high school music building’s attic, to his Facebook and Instagram. The word spread, local radio got on board and the EP ascended the iTunes charts to #1 in the Singer-Songwriter EP category. He followed this up in 2020 with a full album, The Raspberry Men. Recorded in a wooden shed in Maine with Emerson playing almost all instruments, the album premiered on NPR-partner station WICN and received praise from American Songwriter, The Providence Journal, Spotify’s Indie Shuffle playlist, The South China Morning Post, Atwood Magazine and more. Earmilk selected The Raspberry Men as one of its best indie/alternative albums of 2020.
With bold, witty lyricism that brings you to that liminal space between laughter and tears, Theo Kandel has been described as “a modern-day James Taylor, albeit slightly scruffier and a good deal shorter. But maybe also sexier.” (Source pending.) Having amassed over 160k followers across social media and 8M+ worldwide streams, Theo continues to shout into the void, leaving his own fingerpicking-tinged musical fingerprint as he goes. Originally from New York City, he spent six years honing his chops in Nashville before moving to Los Angeles, where he is currently based.
Recent performances include sold out shows at Brooklyn’s Baby’s All Right, The Hamptons’ Stephen Talkhouse, Salt Lake City’s Kilby Court, and Washington, D.C.’s Songbyrd on his first national headline tour. Theo supported ROSIE on her Healing Tour in June of 2023, and has previously supported Kris Allen, Rose Betts, Wyatt Pike, KT Tunstall, AJR, and the legendary John Oates (of Hall & Oates) among others. He is gearing up for an east coast co-headline tour with Chance Emerson in November 2023.
In their exclusive Existential Crisis premier from Kandel’s 2022 EP What if it all works out in the end? Wonderland Magazine wrote: “Dropping his bouncy new track, ‘Existential Crisis,’ the artist on the rise treats us to a slice of his syrupy vocals, accompanied by the flow of simple yet effective acoustic instrumentation on the new single. With tongue-in-cheek lyricism also melting into the track, which situates itself in between the folk and pop realms, a unique tone prevails, making it a truly captivating listen…. Irresistibly relatable and a bop worthy of the name, “Existential Crisis” is a tune deserving of your attention today.” FLAUNT raved, “candid, accessible and uninhibited lyricism outline alternative pop singer-songwriter Theo Kandel’s inspired Spin Cycle EP…‘i don’t wanna think about that’ is an infectious and musically cinematic single.” Ones To Watch echoed praise saying, “Theo Kandel is as honest and uninhibited as ever…”