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Emilie Autumn: The Life of a Gothic Prodigy

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Emilie Autumn Liddell was born on September 22, 1979 in Los Angeles, California and grew up in Malibu, California. She is better know to her fans as Emilie Autumn and is an American songwriter, singer, poet, and violinist.

She started playing the violin at age 4 and dropped out of regular school at age 9, to be home-schooled and pursue her dream of becoming a famous violinist. Before she turned 10, she went on to attend the Colburn School of Performing Arts, located in downtown Los Angeles. And then because of her unique style of mixing jazz and electronics, she was invited to attend Indiana University’s Music Conservatory. She only stayed at Indiana for two years because the university officials did not like her fashion style. Apparently, they did not care for pink hair, corsets, and combat boots. She met world famous English violinist Nigel Kennedy while at Indiana and he took her under his wing, helping her to develop her unique style.

Emilie has bipolar disorder and is not quiet about it. Some of her songs deal with the aspects of living with the disorder, songs like “Manic Depression”, “Swallow”, and “Misery Loves Company” to name a few. She also has a trademark of drawing a small heart on her cheek under her eyes, which symbolizes protection and reminds her of her humanity.

Her very first album was a compilation of mostly other famous violin pieces and was titled “On A Day: Music for Violin and Continuo”. It was released in 1997, when Emilie was only 17 years old. It was then re-released in 2007, under the album title of “Laced/Unlaced”, the latter having the original pieces plus newer pieces that Emilie wrote and several poetry pieces as well.

In 2003, she recorded and released the album “Enchant” with her label, Traitor Records, then re-released it in 2007, under the label of Trisol Music Group.

In 2004, she appeared in Courtney Love’s backing band on Courtney’s America’s Sweetheart tour. Obviously, Emilie played the violin. But then things fell apart for Emilie. She came back from the tour to find out that she was pregnant. Having bipolar and tocophobia, the fear of childbirth, she decided to have an abortion. After that, she tried to commit suicide by swallowing a bottle of pills and was admitted to a psych ward in Los Angeles and was placed under suicide watch. While there, she convinced a nurse to give her a red crayon and some paper and came up with the idea for “The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls”, which was published in 2010. It’s an autobiographical novel that describes her experience in the psych ward.

In 2006, Emilie recorded and released the album “Opheliac” in Europe and then re-released it in the U.S. in 2009. It’s more edgier than “Enchant” and has the songs mentioned earlier that talk about her living with bipolar disorder on it.

Her live performances, which she calls dinner theatre because she likes to throw tea and tea-time snacks offstage, are a mixture of a circus performance and burlesque and she has an all-female back up band called The Bloody Crumpets.

Emilie is currently living in Chicago and is writing her next album, to be titled “Fight Like a Girl”, date of release to be announced. Her and The Bloody Crumpets are also currently on tour in North America and Canada.



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