Since her rhythm guitar strumming grandfather suggested that the child start taking fiddle lessons, Emerald Butler has been fiddling on top of bars and tables ever since.
Cultivated by the Chattanooga mountain music scene, Emerald began fiddling with local bands and pickers at the age of 12. However, it wasn’t until she saw the Johnny Cash biopic film “Walk The Line” that her passion for Classic Country, Rockabilly, and Americana music became clear.
Emerald began writing her own American-inspired originals at 15 years old, writing lyrics that paint pictures of nostalgia, independence, love, heartache, and individuality. In 2018, Emerald graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a bachelor's in Music Business while also interning at independent Roots music label Compass Records.
After college, Emerald began gaining real-life experience on the road with piano-rockin Jason D. Williams and hit songwriter Roger Alan Wade. She has worked and performed with a plethora of Bluegrass and Country music artists including Rhonda Vincent, Bobby Osborne, Bob Kingsley, Becky Buller, Alison Brown, and many more. She has shared the stage with old and new legends including Randy Travis, Larry Fleet, The Gatlin Brothers, T.G. Sheppard, and John Anderson. From Broadway to Beale, Emerald has performed at venues such as the stage of The Grand Ole Opry, the Opry City Stage in NYC, Elvis Presley’s Graceland, Loretta Lynn’s Ranch, the historic Surf Ballroom, and Songbirds Guitar Museum.
In March of 2020, right before the world shut down, Emerald released her first original single “Kansas”. She then released her first self-titled EP later that year. People have compared her music, style, and performance to artists like Brandi Carlile, Rosanne Cash, Amanda Shires, and even Elvis Presley.