A backseat serenade with Emma-Lee

Toronto singer-songwriter Emma-Lee poses on Queen St. on Feb. 08, 2012. (Veronica Henri/QMI Agency)

Toronto singer-songwriter Emma-Lee poses on Queen St. on Feb. 08, 2012. (Veronica Henri/QMI Agency)

Jane Stevenson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:10 PM ET

Toronto singer-songwriter and Canadian Music Week performer Emma-Lee likes to do it old school when it comes to promotion.

To wit, she pulled up to the Toronto Sun on Friday afternoon to serenade yours truly in the backseat of a rented SUV limousine and needless to say lots of laughing ensued.

First on the two song acoustic guitar set list was her latest single, Figure it Out, from her new album, Backseat Heroine (get it?) Followed by a cover of Mariah Carey's Dream Lover. (She’s working on getting together an all-girl cover band called Mariah Scary).

Emma-Lee explained she had been serenading CMW accredited journalists and other music industry types in the limo all day long in a takeoff on her so-called Backseat Sessions, which featured her hitch-hiking around Toronto and singing to strangers in the back seat of their vehicles while a friend filmed and then the results were posted online.

But eventually she was going to have to give the rented vehicle back.

“I’ll probably just take a streetcar to my gig (at the Drake as part of CMW scheduled for Friday night),” she joked.

Not only did Emma-Lee allow Figure it Out to be filmed by a Toronto Sun videographer but she was also game to pop up out of the top of the limo while the amiable driver Carlos pulled away from the building as cameraman Craig Robertson filmed her.

“Hey Jane!,” she shouted, waved and then began singing Figure it Out again – definitely a CMW first.

 


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