Emilie Autumn (born September 22nd, 1979 in Los Angeles, California, United States, currently residing in Chicago) is a violinist, singer-songwriter, poet and author. She is best known for her wide range of musical styles, especially her usage of theatrics. Autumn started learning the violin at the age of four, and trained in conservatories as a composer, conductor, and music historian, but moved into popular music. After spending a summer in France recording withCourtney Love which followed shortly when her solo album Enchant was released, Autumn was invited to join Love's touring band, The Chelsea. She quickly gained attention as a solo performer, and was chosen as one ofInterview Magazine's "14 to Be", a pictorial featuring fourteen up-and-coming young female stars. Autumn debut album was a solo violin recording. Recorded when she was seventeen, On a Day...,(now known as 'Laced' in the double-feature violin album 'Laced/Unlaced') with the label she created and still controls, Traitor Records. Since the creation of her own production company, Autumn has branched out to create a number of side projects (The Jane Brooks Project, RavenSong, and Convent (not the metal band convent)).
Her work as now as a solo performer includes two studio album releases 'Enchant' in 2002 and 'Opheliac' in 2006 as well as numerous EPs (such as Liar & Dead is the New Alive EP and the 4 O' Clock EP) and a double-feature violin album, Laced/ Unlaced, starring the classical/baroque violin with its interpretations of pieces by the masters as well as Autumn's own pieces and the electric violin in its shredding glory that continues where the classical/baroque violin album, formerly known as back then as 'On a Day...' which is now the 'Laced' part of the double-feature album,' left off all those years ago. Her discography also extends to a compilation of which is a mixture of old live recordings, covers and unreleased tracks from Autumn's early years as a performer and musician released as 'A Bit O' this & That' back in 2007. In the same year, a poetry book "Your Sugar sits Untouched' was also released which was an updated edition of what was 'Across the sky and other poems' from her teenage years(released in 2000) including some new poems.
Emilie Autumn has also self-published and release her own autobiography/fantasy novel "The Asylum For Wayward Victorian Girls by Emilie Autumn' to which is a well-written and heavily illustrated venture into Autumn's feat with her Bipolar I disorder and her all too real experiences with the mental health system. Autumn shares her story and lets in readers into her mind with the mission to show the reality of the Asylum and how not much has changed since the Victorian times and its own notorious mental health system. Emilie is also quite the performer when it comes to her concerts which is filled with nothing short of tea, glitter, naughty antics and her very own band of Bloody Crumpets with their own well-developed stage persona. With also the humorous choreography and story line that goes through the show, Autumn gives a special highlight to the harpsichord and electric violin corresponding with her wide-vocal range. As a musician and a performer Emilie Autumn invites others into her own world known as The Asylum For Wayward Victorian Girls in which she vows to make a safe place where girls always get their revenge and break free from the long-time binding of the Asylum's steel bars. Emilie has also done performances with other artists such as Smashing Pumpkins' solo act, Billy Corgan, Courtney Love and Otep. She is also known to have done remixes with artists like Angelspit, Brenden Small and Dope Stars Inc. She has had also had her own material like the track 'Organ Grinder' from the 4 O' Clock EP and 'Dead is the New Alive (Manipulator Mix)' from the 'Liar & The Dead is the New Alive EP' feature in the SAW movie soundtracks.