Vocalist Emily David, also known as Queen Emily, is a native of Houston, Texas. Emily sang her first solo in church when she was five years old. She later participated in her school choir and competed in local talent contests, notably winning a Sammy Davis Jr. Award at a competition in 1999. She eventually relocated to Stockton, California, and placed her musical aspirations on hold to raise her two daughters and two nephews.
On Queen Emily, she lends her distinctive vocals to songs such as Bill Withers’ Use Me, George Jackson’s Throw Away Me, Charles Richard Cason’s Still Crazy and Frank Johnson’s There’s No Easy Way to Say Goodbye. Guitarists Reggie Young and Jimmy Johnson, keyboardist Clayton Ivey, bassist David Hood and drummer James Robertson are among the veteran session players on the disc while Harrison Calloway contributed horn arrangements, featuring saxophonists Jim Horn and Harvey Thompson. Frederick Knight also produced four of the album’s 12 tracks, including a version of his 1975 hit I Betcha Didn’t Know That. All of these elements showcase Emily’s rich, powerful voice to stunning effect, leading Living Blues critic Lee Hildebrand to call Queen Emily “the most satisfying southern soul album to have appeared in well over a decade.”