Emanuel is a student and creator of R&B that makes the listener shudder with passion, delight, or pain – sometimes all three – but his chief concern is getting the listener to experience the same curative transcendence that the music’s creation provided to him. This is the crux of Alt Therapy, the title of Emanuel’s debut album and his artistic manifesto.

Emanuel learned how to sing with no formal training at age nine, huddled next to his family’s computer with YouTube and his sister as guides. Boyz II Men, Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III, and Bob Marley were the foundation; projects like Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly made him want to make music that can live through us long after the song ends.

His full-length debut album Alt Therapy, including songs from both of the prior EPs, was released in 2021 on Motown Records, and was a Juno Award nominee for Traditional R&B/Soul Recording at the Juno Awards of 2022. His song "Black Woman", cowritten with Ryan Bakalarczyk, John Fellner and Kardinal Offishall, was a nominee for the 2021 SOCAN Songwriting Prize

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