In 2013, Emily Ann Peterson was diagnosed with a degenerative neurological hand tremor, which forever altered her two-decade livelihood as a cellist/cello teacher. Refusing to lose her life's love of expression, she knew she’d have to be brave. In an act of neurological defiance, she expanded into wider mediums and broke through her creative glass ceiling, opening the door to limitless possibilities through songwriting.
Emily's songwriting reveals her ardent authenticity through a tailored and disciplined approach to performing and teaching. She was awarded an Artist Residency to write and record new music at the Grünewald Guild in March-April 2014. As a recording artist, string-arranger, songwriter and session musician she has had the honor of working with Sera Cahoone (Sub Pop), Shelby Earl, Shannon Stephens (Asthmatic Kitty), Goldfinch, The Portland Cello Project, Rosie Thomas (Sub Pop), David Bazan (Barsuk), The Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Anaïs Mitchell, Karin Stevens Dance, Barcelona (Universal), and many others.
Her best-selling book Bare Naked Bravery: How to Be Creatively Courageous helps people from all walks of life understand what bravery really is - allowing them to step through fear, anxiety, and self-sabotage by creatively using vulnerability, imagination and improvisation A cross between a self-help book and a deeply personal memoir, Bare Naked Bravery was inspired by Emily's time in the mountains, recovering from her diagnosis and figuring out how to move forward in her life. Through research, she discovered the 12 ingredients of bravery, reflected in her book’s honesty and vulnerability. By absorbing and practicing the concepts in this book, readers are able to fully "show up" in the world - learning to cope with medical conditions, breakups, divorce, depression, and a multitude of other challenges.
She founded The School of Bravery, a learning lab for creative visionaries. Which supports everyday heroes and creative entrepreneurs prepare, endure, and recover from their seasons of bravery. Emily Ann's community of fans, listeners, and readers offers a welcoming, safe place for creative misfits to finally find belonging and acceptance.
Emily writes for people who struggle to remember what hope feels like and sings to those who yearn for something secret. She speaks to those who are done being bored and crave all things beautiful, strong, sacred, and sensual. Her goal is to inspire a global resonance and magnanimous community through the marriage of art and whole-person development.
Emily currently holds or has held membership in the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Rock Orchestra, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (The Grammys), Fremont Abbey Arts Center, Suzuki Association of the Americas, and New Directions Cello Association. She is an alumnus of the Colorado Suzuki Institute & Texas Cello Academy.