Break Up the Skies
Guitarist and singer/songwriter Emily Hickey has been a working musician in San Francisco since 2001. Her first effort was Gameface, a solo album of original material recorded and produced with her brother Shep in Lake Tahoe in January of 2001. After releasing Gameface, Emily joined up with guitarist John LeBlanc to start the San Francisco band Boyfriend, which stayed together for the next two years gigging locally at clubs including the Hotel Utah, Broadway Studios and Grant and Green. In 2003 the band recorded Break Up the Skies, a 12 song album produced by Eric Friedmann of Solana Records at Get Reel Productions in San Francisco. Emily's vision with Boyfriend was to pull together some of the best musicians in SF to play big, ambitious rock songs that happened to be written and fronted by a female lead. The band recruited Eric Friedmann to produce Break Up the Skies, giving the album his signature sound of Pretenders-ish old school rock. Taking a break from Boyfriend (now called the Emily Hickey Band) Emily is currently working on a more indie-inspired solo set and finishing up a six song record with a new project called Sporty James, featuring her brother Shep, real-life boyfriend Sean Mahoney, and drummer Pablo Gonzales from New Orleans. Emily's outside musical influences include the Stones/Beatles/Zeppelin, the Replacements, U2, Camper Van Beethoven, the Band, the Grateful Dead, the Pixies, Pavement, Jane's Addiction, and Van Morrison. In her non-musical life, Emily lives in San Francisco and works for WildAid.