Emil Skobeloff is a native of the Philadelphia area. He received his vocal training from Mary Romig deYoung, who was a mainstay on the faculty at the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts. Under her direction, he developed his vocal skills, and performed live, and on local television for years. Emil received cantorial training as a protégé to Cantor Sigmund Blass, a Hungarian survivor of the Holocaust. Cantor Blass' passionate style opened the door to emotional and spiritual interpretations of liturgical music. While attending the Beth Jacob Hebrew Day School in Philadelphia, Emil was exposed to Gospel music in South Philadelphia on Sunday mornings, coming to and from choir practice. He was captivated by the passionate, visceral intensity of Gospel music. Combining the fervor of Cantor Blass' lessons and the poignant intensity of Gospel music, Emil began his quest for musical styles and interpretations that expose the core of human passions, experiences and frailties. Emil sings music that conveys a story about life's travails, and human passions. He says, 'I want to touch the souls of the listeners, so they can share my passion and immerse themselves in this wonderful collection of nostalgic, Jewish masterpieces.' His live concerts are exciting, high energy experiences. From beginning to end, audiences are spellbound by his electricity. He has a rare, spiritual quality. His music isn't just song. It's a connection which rivets listeners. Described by those who have heard him in concert, 'Cantor Skobeloff is way more than a singer. He's a rare artistic talent who touches you deep inside. It's clear, there is a magic about him that is hard to describe. But, it pulls you in and leaves you wanting more and more.'