Emm Gryner's upcoming album, "Business & Pleasure," is a tribute to the Detroit radio scene and the music that shaped her childhood. The album is a fusion of Motown, jazz, pop, and yacht rock, infused with the sunshine soul and stellar playing of the late 70s and early 80s. Produced by Fred Mollin and written with poet Michael Holmes, the album introduces a bold new character – a powerful woman whose passion, presence, conviction, humor, and grace unite the world in music, joy, and love.
The focus track of the album, "Loose Wig," was inspired by a Rolling Stone article about Donald Fagen, where he discussed keeping his sense of humor during isolation. The song title was one of the phrases that Fagen used to describe a political figure in the article. "Loose Wig" is Gryner's way of staying positive in the face of hopelessness. The groovy song is a reminder to keep a sense of humor and to not take life too seriously.
"Business & Pleasure" is a collection of songs that each have a different story. Gryner and her team aimed to convey the renewing feeling of the 70s and 80s, where musicianship and studio cats reigned supreme. The album is a celebration of the Detroit music scene, a place that Gryner considers to be one of the most important and influential musical cities in the world.
Gryner, a Canadian singer-songwriter, has released 14 albums to critical acclaim. She has worked with artists such as David Bowie, Rufus Wainwright, and Joe Elliott of Def Leppard. Her music has been described as a blend of folk, pop, and rock, with poignant and introspective lyrics.