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Emmy Rossum's Album Drops Tomorrow

Emmy Rossum's Album Drops Tomorrow

Emmy Rossum (The Phantom of the Opera, Poseidon) will be releasing her debut album tomorrow on Geffen Records. Inside Out will be available exclusively through iTunes tomorrow, July 31st.

“This music is who I am,” says 20-year-old Emmy. “In the movies, I’ve always felt like one piece of the puzzle. But this is all me. It’s my baby. I get to write, direct and star. And that’s the most fulfilling thing. It’s everything I’ve always wanted to do. This music is so close to me. It’s something new… You can’t categorize it.”

Adds the Golden Globe-nominated actress, “I’ve never been more excited about anything. This album is about figuring out who I am. It’s the real Emmy Rossum. For the first time, I’m not speaking someone else’s lines. I feel the most open and able to express myself in a song. It’s scary because it’s all me.”

You can listen to her first single “Slow Me Down” and sample two of her other songs “Stay” and “Lullaby” on her MySpace. It’s very Enya-esque with a “new age” sound. Give it a whirl!

For more history on Emmy‘s music and film career, click inside…


With a Golden Globe nomination for her performance as Christine in the film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera and major roles in the big-budget Hollywood motion pictures Mystic River, The Day After Tomorrow and Poseidon, Rossum has made her name as an actress, but her first love has always been music. By the age of seven, she was singing with the Metropolitan Opera, performing in more than 20 separate productions in six different languages at Lincoln Center alongside icons such as Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti. “There’s a photo of me listening intently to a violinist in Central Park when I was two,” says Rossum, who grew up in Manhattan an only child, raised by her photographer mother. With her mom often traveling, the young Emmy was often left to her own devices, much of the time spent listening to classical music like Vivaldi and jazz piano by John Lewis. That longing for closeness and fear of abandonment can be heard on several songs from the new album, written largely by Rossum with producer Stuart Brawley. It is a showcase for her remarkable vocal range. With a lush, sensual style, Rossum sings every note on the album. Her vocals seduce, rather than show off.

The first single, “Slow Me Down,” about trying to “find a respite from all the craziness,” is made up of more than 150 different parts and harmonies, every one of them sung by Emmy herself, including, in some cases, the percussion. “Stay” was the first piece she wrote for the record. When she started the recording process, Rossum decided she didn’t want to make the album in a “popera” classical style similar to Sarah Brightman, another diva associated with Andrew Lloyd Webber. “I felt I had exhausted that part of myself,” she explains after her stints in the Metropolitan Opera and in Phantom. “I’ve been exposed to a lot of different kinds of music since that period of my life. There were so many other influences I picked up along the way.”

While her film career continues to gain momentum, Rossum is looking forward to performing the material from her album in concert, already planning an elaborate stage set with video that can capture her singing with herself. “I don’t do things halfway,” she says. “I’d like my live show to be its own entity, a full presentation.

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  • mackenzie

    who cares ?

  • Sarah

    Emmy Rossum sings now? So that’s why she hasn’t been acting lately.

  • TMI sometimes

    funny how she says you cant categorize it and yet she sounds like an enya rip off.

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  • kitkat

    Since when does she have an album??

  • Gossip Girl

    sounds kind of Imogen Heap-ish.

  • Katy

    supposedly, she’s a huge biotch




  • Lolly

    She has a nice stunned, confused expression on her face. Why did someone take the trouble to curl each strand of hair and arrange my bedcothes? I just don’t understand?

  • bite me

    moving on

  • Vesper

    She’s the definition of boring and I can’t stand looking at her eyebrows… she always looks as if she’s gonna start crying. And the CD cover? A carbon copy of Mariah Carey’s first album!

  • kc

    I love her hair. I hate her music.

  • Dirty Cougar

    Next! Yaawwwnnn!

  • Hulla

    Now she’s a beauty.

  • Bliss

    her album cover looks like one Mariah did

  • theoriginalbitch

    Emmy should stick to lookin doe eyed and cutesy. Even digitized, her voice sucks.

  • Amanda

    Loved her in Phantom, but this is boring.

  • jolie -pitt fan 4 ever

    love her she has a beautiful voice..

  • TMI sometimes

    Imogen rocks. emmy sucks. Don’t put those two together.

  • linda

    she is unbelievably gorgeous. she and anne hathaway… gee! i’m curious about her music.

  • Angelina

    she’s so stunningly beautiful. emmy’s not that bad at singing…she sung well in phantom of the opera- ‘all i ask of you’. she’s got a pretty good voice, hope her cd is a success

  • hoj

    The thing with mimicin Enya is, that both Enya and this kid use tons of mixes/modifications in they’r cd’s so that they’r voices sound “eerie.” Especially this kid…The horror, seriously.

  • e

    #7 – i heard that too!!! hah! nnnnext

  • EvilLynn

    I give up. Who is this? Is she famous somewhere other than the states and that’s why I have no idea who it is, or…what?

  • Brandon

    I like it…all you bitches are CRAZY haha. jkjk. But i really like it!

  • Alikat

    I can’t believe so many of you out there are so clueless as to who Emmy is..what planet are you from? She is beautiful and talented, and I wish her the best of luck on her new album…I, for one, will be buying it!

  • http://? some1

    I don’t understand all the hatein here. I think Emmy is beautiful and I love that she is bringing Music back in to the music world

  • http://? some1

    also how can you say she is a bad singer when she was invited to Metropolotin Opera at age seven! Her voice is lovely

  • http://private Carrie

    Clearly, the haters against Emmy are everywhere. They are so childish and boorish. Most of them children or young adults,clueless to beauty, professional world, and talent.

    Ms. Rossum is a very beautiful, gracious young woman. She has been a friend of several years. She is very, very real and kind. She works very hard. She is very popular.

    Many singers have music similar to others, but they have their own voie and touch. So it is with her CD. I wish it great fortune. She will be doing films and major theatre soon, too. I know she will be a tremendous, enduring success. She never said she had major training or singing at the Met, but had childhood training and performance. But, some of the greats of opera did adore her. This is very true.

    The iPod bundle is VERY popular and it appears the CD will do quite well. I wish her every success.

  • Jen

    This is just my opinion, so don’t get on my case, okay?

    That being said…

    To me, she’s just a pretty face, and that’s about it. I don’t like her voice when she sings classical music/opera/musical theater, so I’m glad she went in a direction that actually makes her voice sound somewhat decent, though her music is so boring, unoriginal, and over produced. I don’t care much for her “acting” either; it’s more like reciting lines to make them sound pretty, not to her mention her CONSTANT dead, doe-eyed, mouth hanging open expression that she has on film, as well as in most of her photos. She’s also kind of pretentious in all of her interviews, too. She just rubs me the wrong way. Sorry.

    And please, don’t compare her to Imogen Heap; Imogen is way better.

  • Anna

    The music is so repetitive and boring. Each track sounds the same, and it’s been synthesized to death. It doesn’t surprise me, she’s not particularly talented.

  • Dee

    I just wish people would stop putting her up on a pedestal. Number one, the girl is NOT a trained singer. The only reason she ended up with the Metropolitan Opera at such a young age was because she was cute & could carry a tune. Number two, acting isn’t about looking pretty – it’s about being real. Which is why, whenever I watch her movies, I just want to see somebody hit her – or, at the very least, smudge her makeup and wipe that cutesy expression off her face… which brings me to my third point: nobody’s that freakin’ adorable all the time. So if it’s so hard for her to be who she really is, why did she even begin acting in the first place?!

    Sorry; a rant spurred on by senseless fans everywhere.

    ***I’m not saying I don’t think she’s beautiful and deserving of some measure of fame, it’s just that people are so caught up in praising her that they never stop to think just how unnatural & unrealistic everything is about her.

  • AJ

    First off, let’s critique the real issue here: her music.

    For the talent that she does possess and simply needs to find the correct outlet for release, I’m disappointed. In Phanton for being as young as she was (and having an underdeveloped voice) she did very well. I think the movie Poseidon in itself was a failure, and unfortunately Emmy participated in it.

    When I listened to Inside Out, I was so bored out of my mind that I just gave up after the 2nd track. I was expecting her to hit some high notes and even cover a wide vocal range, none of which happened. She has that potential but synthesizers won’t help anyone there. It didn’t really even seem like she was singing– too breathy, seemed lke Enya, and I couldn’t hear her VOICE.

    As for her movie roles– she is still young, relatively fresh in the industry, and needs to pick her future roles wisely. Phanton was a good start in the door. I’d say she should take on some challenging movie roles that always involve a cutesy girl, maybe something more darker and dramatic, but I do admire the way she tries to retain her self-respect. I don’t admire the way she’s posed on her cd cover, which I have a feeling may have been someone else’s vision, as well for the music.

    I think Emmy needs to test out the music and acting waters a bit more until she finds her niche. I’d rather have her do that while developing herself as an artist and actress, instead of just plunging herself into whatever puts her into the limelight, and end up like Britney Spears.

  • lala

    actually it’s not synthesized.. it’s her