Emelise Muñoz began singing at age two. At four, she performed at her first open mic; at seven, she secured a permit to sing and play guitar on the streets of Fort Myers, Florida; and this year, at 11, she won Amateur Night at New York’s famed Apollo Theater with a soulful rendition of “The House of the Rising Sun.”
“I don’t even remember a time when I wasn’t singing or playing,” Muñoz says. “I just love the sound of music and have always wanted to make it myself.”
At just 4’6”, the sixth grader is an unassuming source for the powerful pipes and natural charisma that captivates crowds. Born in Florida, Muñoz now lives in Broomfield with her parents and two younger brothers. She frequently posts up around town with her mic, guitar and ukulele, crooning ballads like “I Walk the Line,” “Hallelujah,” and “Build Me Up Buttercup” along with original songs. You may have seen her at the First Friday Art Walk on Santa Fe, or on Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall, or at 15th and Larimer—her favorite spot in the city. She also regularly performs at venues in the Denver area—and across the country from Nashville, Tennessee to Santa Monica, California to Rock Island, Illinois.
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