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Emil Skobeloff: Bio

Emil Skobeloff is a native of the Philadelphia area. He received his vocal training from Mary Romig deYoung, who was a mainstay on the faculty at the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts. Under her direction, he developed his vocal skills, and performed live, and on local television for years. Emil received cantorial training as a protégé to Cantor Sigmund Blass, a Hungarian survivor of the Holocaust. Cantor Blass' passionate style opened the door to emotional and spiritual interpretations of liturgical music. While attending the Beth Jacob Hebrew Day School in Philadelphia, Emil was exposed to Gospel music in South Philadelphia on Sunday mornings, coming to and from choir practice. He was captivated by the passionate, visceral intensity of Gospel music. Combining the fervor of Cantor Blass' lessons and the poignant intensity of Gospel music, Emil began his quest for musical styles and interpretations that expose the core of human passions, experiences and frailties.

Emil often plays solo. But, he can often be found performing with baritone guitarist, Al Bien, mandolin player, Marty Spiegel, percussionist, Lazzaro Herrera, drummer, Gusten Rudolph, acoustic bass player, Richard McKenzie, alto singer, Tiiu Lutter, soprano, Ann Thaller, flutist, Andrea Bruno, electric bass guitarist, Wayne Walsh, mouth harp, resonator guitar and guitar player, John Costello, and violinist, Ingrid Rosenback. Emil has previously performed with Pete Huttlinger, world-famous fingerstyle guitar champion and former accompanist to John Denver, and renowned guitarist, Larry Broido.

"A skilled guitarist in his own right, with a warm, powerful baritone voice, Skobeloff brings a soulful sound to his songs." "Pain and sorrow seem to emanate from his voice, whether he's singing in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino or putting his stamp on a gospel tune. But, so does joy." "Music is in his heart. And, he sings with his heart." "Emil sings music that conveys a story about life's travails, and human passions. He says, "I want to touch the souls of the listeners, so they can share my passion and immerse themselves in my music." His live concerts are exciting, high energy experiences. From beginning to end, audiences are spellbound by his electricity. "He has a rare, spiritual quality. His music isn't just song. It's a connection which rivets listeners." "Skobeloff is way more than a singer. He's a rare artistic talent who touches you deep inside. It's clear, there is a magic about him that is hard to describe. But, it pulls you in and leaves you wanting more and more." AND SARAH DANCED is now available for sale on and has been designated as an Editor's Choice. We are thrilled!!! Of his new CD, "And Sarah Danced", his singing has been described as: "warm, rich, sincere and heartbreakingly beautiful" "a beautiful voice, very sincere and almost haunting at times." Reviews of the CD: In two words "It Sparkles!!"