Emily Kinney: “My music is a place where I get to be the lead”

Emily Kinney
(Image credit: Zack Knudsen)

Just off an alley on the Cahuenga Boulevard strip in Hollywood sits the cosy, red-curtained stage of the Hotel Cafe. It's a homey space that has hosted early career performances by everyone from Billie Eilish to Leon Bridges. 

And it’s where actor and songwriter Emily Kinney recently wound down from a livestream. But despite the new-age setting, as we speak over the phone a few days later, Kinney admits the professional performer still got the better of her. 

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Cheri Amour

Cheri Amour is a writer, editor and broadcaster intent on amplifying the voices of women and non-binary artists in print, online and on air. During her twenties, she played lead guitar in a touring two-piece, sharing the stage with The Slits and John Peel-approved punks The Nightingales. Formerly Deputy Editor at TGA Magazine, Cheri headed up its Tech section pouring over pedals with everyone to indie icon Debbie Smith (Echobelly/Curve) to multi-instrumentalist Katie Harkin (Sleater Kinney/Waxahatchee/Wye Oak). She's currently working on an upcoming 33 1/3 book on the unassuming influence of South Bronx sister troupe ESG, out in Spring 2023.