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Emily Hurd is a Chicago-based songwriter and pianist with a voice that both Rick Kogan of WGN and Richard Milne of WXRT have likened to musical icon Janis Joplin. Hurd is known for her intelligent lyrics and quirky live performance style. Emily Hurd’s music is a mix of rock piano, soul singing, folk songwriting, and bluegrass rhyme schemes. Hurd first entered the music scene in 2005 when she and many of the staff members from Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music created her first original album. She has currently produced eight full-length studio albums. Her songs have been finalists in three international songwriting competitions: NPR’s NewSong Music Contest, The John Lennon Songwriting Contest, and The Unisong International Songwriting Competition. Her song “Help Me To Understand” was featured in the 2011 season of CBS’s NCIS crime series.