Written by Emilee Lindner • March 15, 2017
The Chainsmokers are out on their first headlining tour this spring, playing hit songs like “Closer,” “Roses” and, of course, their 2017 jam “Paris.” And while they can’t take along their entire roster of featured singers, they’re bringing along current collaborator and “Paris” singer Emily Warren as one of their opening acts.
At 24, Warren is already a Grammy-winning songwriter—with The Chainsmokers, no less. The team won the award for Best Dance Recording in 2017 for “Don’t Let Me Down,” featuring Daya, a song that originally had Warren’s vocals on the demo. She makes these demos for artists like Jessie J, Shawn Mendes, Little Mix, Fifth Harmony, Melanie Martinez, Becky G, Andy Black, Sean Paul and many more. And while most artists chose to record her songs, her voice remains on a few—so listen carefully, because you’re soon to match a face with that voice.
Warren, a New York native, went to NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts and started a band Emily Warren and the Betters. You can see them jamming below. Fun fact: two guys from the band, Etienne Bowler and Marc Campbell went on to form MisterWives.
Warren works with songwriting partner Scott Harris. They go way back, writing “Don’t Let Me Down” together, along with songs for Krewella, Niykee Heaton, Jessie J, Shawn Mendes, OMI, Tiesto, Skizzy Mars, Naughty Boy and more. Here they are covering The Jackson 5’s “The Love You Save” in 2012:
Even before graduating, Warren signed on with Dr. Luke’s Prescription (Rx) Songs as a writer in 2013. Soon enough, she had written “Masterpiece” for Jessie J. You can see Warren performing the inspirational track below with a slew of her Tisch classmates:
In 2015, the post-”#SELFIE” Chainsmokers were gaining traction with their dance hits with pop hooks. Warren was featured on “Until You Were Gone" with Tritonal. This was around the time their song, “Roses,” off the same EP, got big.
Before “Don’t Let Me Down” hit, Warren was featured on this song by Lost Kings. Check it out—the chorus is kinda crazy.
And, as if Warren has something about being featured on electro duo’s songs, she teamed up with Frenship for their viral song, “Capsize.”
You’ll enjoy this acoustic version of “Capsize,” where you can see her harmonizing with the dudes by the ocean.
Of course, she’s featured on “Paris,” and will be going out on the road with The Chainsmokers and Kiiara, starting April 13. Get your tickets and get ready for Emily Warren to get her shine.
(Emily Warren photo above by Getty Images)