In 2013, Emily Ann Peterson was diagnosed with a degenerative neurological hand tremor, which forever altered her two-decade livelihood as a cellist, string-arranger, and cello teacher. In an act of neurological defiance, she accepted an award of a 6-week artist residency to write new music in the Cascade Mountains of the Pacific Northwest. She returned with an armful of songs, and the “12 ingredients of bravery” which became her brazenly honest bestselling self-help memoir, Bare Naked Bravery: How to Be Creatively Courageous.
Since recording her debut full-length folk-pop album, Covered in Clover (July 2019) Peterson relocated to Nashville, TN and began teaching and consulting. She belongs to the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Rock Orchestra, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (The Grammys), and the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She has worked with Anaïs Mitchell, David Bazan, Sera Cahoone (Sub Pop), The Portland Cello Project, and many others.