Vince Emmett’s musical career arcs from the bluegrass of his Kentucky home to the mountain ranges of Ethiopia. His eclectic music education began at the age of 10, when he performed weekly on a televised country music show alongside Allison Krauss. From this study of the classics, at the University of Illinois, Vince acquired an appreciation for the discipline of all the old masters.
When the road beckoned, Vince toured playing gospel music. This led him to a small Kentucky recording studio where he honed his craft under the mentorship of bluegrass legends including JD Crowe, Doyle Lawson, Ricky Skaggs and Tony Rice, which quickly led him to a major label recording contract with Elektra Entertainment, and a publishing contract as a writer with EMI Music Publishing.
He accepted an invitation to travel as a musical ambassador to Cuba, Ethiopia, England, France, Poland, Spain, Morocco, Australia, Haiti, Kenya and the Dominican Republic. Vince became adept at integrating unique rhythms with elegant melodies. A call from the International Red Cross requesting a song for the children of Somalia and their plight soon had Vince composing the epic S.O.S. theme. This song brought international media attention and aid to the children of Somalia.
Vince later met Kris Kristofferson and was humbled to be asked to score what would be his first feature film, Pharaoh’s Army (1995), which also starred Chris Cooper and Patricia Clarkson. Vince composes and produces the scores of episodic and feature length films with his company, Picture Sonics, in his private Nashville studio. For his latest film, ‘The Song,’ Emmett was the Executive Music Producer, co-songwriter and composer for the score and songs featured in the film, working alongside the likes of Emmylou Harris, Ricky Skaggs and Roger McGuinn. He lives with his wife, Brenda, and their three children, adopted from Ethiopia – Stella, Eva, and Berke.