Lyrics from PassengerBorn in Texas, Emily Wells fell in love with the violin at the age of four after seeing a young prodigy performing on The Tonight Show. From there, she played in youth orchestras and studied symphonies until she reached her teen years, when she fell in love with classic rock and hip hop. She independently released a number of pop recordings during this time, enough to catch the attention of Epic Records, who offered her a recording contract at the age of 19. Wells turned it down and continued to hone her craft, finally releasing her bona fide debut Beautiful Sleepyhead & the Laughing Yaks in 2007. She has since collaborated with artists as varied as producer Dan The Automator and Portland Cello Project and, in 2012, released her first album for Partisan Records, entitled Mama.