From the first moment I heard Emily King compared to Amy Winehouse, I knew I should be on alert for another breakout star. Indeed, you might call King a more wholesome, American version of Winehouse — or, if you prefer, R&B's answer to Regina Spektor. Either way, I think the the 21-year-old New Yorker is going to go far.
The daughter of an African-American father and an Italian mother — both singers — King grew up on the Lower East Side and in jazz clubs, which helped shape her soulful but sassy sound. Her debut album, East Side Story, comes out August 14 on J Records. And already, she's on tour for much of the Summer. To listen to "Color Blind," the first single off her forthcoming album, read more