Charlotte’s Emily DeHority writes and performs intimate songs, which she describes on her website, http://emilydehority.bandcamp.com, as “bedroom pop” and “folk-punk.” Her songs are funny, smart and well-written, and she performs them while strumming her ukulele. At 17, the recent Myers Park High School graduate has recorded three digital albums in her bedroom using a video camera microphone.
Playing for others: DeHority recently won the annual Playing for Others songwriting competition, where she charmed both the crowd and judges singing and strumming her green ukulele. Having started with poetry, she crams a lot of details into her songs. DeHority, who plays viola, violin and guitar, added ukulele to her repertoire last summer.
Art and research: DeHority is currently interning at a nuclear research facility in Idaho and begins her first semester studying physics and physiology at McGill University in Montreal this fall. She says the connection between the two is often inspired by her circle of friends with whom she discusses art, science and religion. “It changes the way I make art,” she says.
Impromptu performer: While many young performers struggle with stage fright, DeHority will play and push “record” when the fancy strikes her.