Twenty-one-year-old Emily King sounds surprisingly more experienced than her age -- which is not so surprising, given that she (a) is the daughter of two jazz musicians (with whom she started performing at age four) and (b) started her career at age 16 (which, in King's opinion, was already much too late). She got her G.E.D., wrote a scathingly soulful song about capitalist pigs ("Business Man") on her guitar and started gigging at folk-oriented venues like CBGB's Gallery. Then she turned 17. As she got older, she added hip-hop influences to her mix of jazz, soul, folk and rock and started working with producer Chucky Thompson of Bad Boy Entertainment. King signed with J Records and released her debut album in 2007.