Emily Fairlight

Album in Austin, Texas

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I'm a Wellington based alternative folk musician. I recorded my first album 7 years ago and I've been gigging and writing relentlessly since then - from Lyttelton (where I spent the last 2 years writing), around New Zealand, to Melbourne Australia and all over Texas USA. Over this time I've amassed a collection of over 30 songs (and haven't stopped!) and am ready to capture and record my second album.

After writing a new song 'The Escape' (one of many new songs to go on the upcoming album) I thought I'd casually capture this as a video on my phone and post it on my Facebook page. Little did I know who'd be watching! I was contacted by Doug Walseth of Cat's eye Studio in Austin, Texas, who was so excited by the song he wants to record an album with me. I travelled to Texas twice last year to play shows and I met Doug playing at the infamous Hole in the Wall dive bar in Austin. Doug records to tape, which is rare these days and has worked with artists such as David Dondero and Wil Cope. I'm excited for this opportunity and want to throw everything I've got at it!

While I'm investing my savings into this album, it won't happen without extra support from my friends, family and followers to raise enough for this project. I am aiming for $6000 with this Boosted campaign, which will cover flights, studio time, amazing session musicians, and the cost of living in Austin the 10 days while recording these songs I want to share.

Any extra funds over target would go toward mixing, mastering, printing and pressing.

Thank you so much all your support over the years, and for your support with this project.

I'd love for you all to be part of this album, and this is a way you can. I really look forward to sharing the songs with you!



  • Album Release Show!


    Hey guys,

    That's right! Album is done (almost) so we've booked a national tour. You can get tickets for the Wellington show (Sept 22nd at SFBH) here: 


    We have others in Auckland, Dunedin, Christchurch and Whanganui all on www.undertheradar.co.nz

    Can't wait for you to hear the recordings!

    Thanks again for everything x

  • Album progress!


    Hey guys,

    just touching base to say the recording in Austin went really well. We recorded 13 songs that are in the process of being mixed and mastered now. Should have something for you to listen to by August.. in other news we are playing this Thursday at Meow Cafe in wellington. Love to see you there!

    Thanks again for your support!

    Emily x

  • Free show May 6th (Saturday) @ Tuatara Third Eye


    Yes it's a Saturday night! Music from 8:30pm. Donation entry, or free if you're broke. Easy.

    "Last Wellington show for Emily Fairlight before she leaves to record in Austin, Texas.

    First show for Tom Watson since the last show he played.

    Get along fools x"


  • WE MADE IT!!


    We made it! 101%! With 8days to go. Thank you so much for the love and support, means so much to me. If you've not donated yet and still wanted to, anything over target will still go towards the album. This initial budget was bare minimum to cover the basics.. Any extra would go toward session musicians, mastering, pressing, album art etc. Thanks again, much love x 🌵

  • Free show in Wellington Sunday 5th March!


    I'll be playing at the Newtown Festival this Sunday evening, will be performing on the Normanby Street stage, just past the New World at 5:15pm. And YES it's FREE! Would love to see you there x

  • 59% in one week! Thank you thank you thank you!


    Things are going really well with the project, thanks for all the shares and donations. Still pushing along if you think of anyone who might be interested in helping out!

    Here is a song from the upcoming album for you...

    Time's Unfaithful Wife