Emmaline and her four-piece Jazz-Soul band (co-founded by Ryan Mondak) have performed at highly acclaimed venues such as The Steppenwolf Theatre (Chicago,) The Woodward Theatre (Cincinnati,) Panama City Jazz Society (Hosted by Steve Gilmore) and many other well known music venues in the United States. After only two weeks of pre-selling tickets to her band’s debut show in NYC at Rockwood Music Hall, Emmaline sold out Rockwood’s “Stage Three” and due to popular demand was asked by the venue move up to Rockwood Music Hall’s largest stage. All members of the band are current students and/or graduates of world famous music conservatories such as Berklee and University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music (CCM.) Emmaline and her band incorporate elements of classic jazz harmony and modern neo-soul grooves to create a soulful vibe that is unlike any other sound being created in the 21st century.
Emmaline Campbell Bio
Twenty year old Jazz-Soul vocalist, violinist and songwriter Emmaline has been immersed in music since the young age of four, when she began taking private violin lessons. Though Campbell’s musical roots are in violin performance, she recalls spending most of her free time as a young girl singing, songwriting and forming her own local bands. “I’ve had a passion for singing for as long as I can remember, really. Even though vocals and songwriting have not been my primary musical focus until very recently, I still remember writing songs in my head and performing them for my parents and siblings back when I barely knew how to read or write. I’ve always wanted to be a singer,” Campbell explains. Not only has Emmaline been heavily influenced by many different voices of soul and R&B, but she also grew up with an ear full of jazz and big band music, thanks to the influence of her father, jazz pianist and arranger, Russ Campbell. These two influences have created a modern soul and vintage jazz lovechild whose electrifying vocals and unique songwriting style is unlike any other. Emmaline is currently a jazz studies major at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and is the lead singer and primary songwriter in her four-piece jazz band that performs under the name “Emmaline.”
Ryan Mondak Bio
Guitarist Ryan Mondak specializes in jazz and R&B. Ryan has performed as part of multiple groups, including duos, trios, jazz combos, and big bands. Originally from Champaign, Illinois, Ryan now calls Cincinnati home, where he is a junior jazz performance major at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Ryan plays guitar in the Cincinnati area as part of the jazz-pop group Emmaline, fronted by vocalist Emmaline Campbell. Back in Illinois, Ryan co-founded the jazz combo West of Staley in 2014. Ryan has performed hundreds of live shows with West of Staley, with appearances throughout Illinois, and in Alabama, Florida, and Missouri. West of Staley’s debut CD You Gotta Start Somewhere (2015) has received radio play on stations in Atlanta, Milwaukee, San Francisco, Dublin, Ireland, and many other markets. Ryan studies guitar with Brad Myers, and also has studied with Larry Gray, Joel Tucker, James Smith, and Larry Brown, Jr.