The Lady Comes First is the collaborative effort of Adrian Emberley and Shoney Lamar, two singer songwriters who have been honing their craft since adolescence. Over the years, after hundreds of songs written each, their individual songwriting styles have emerged full-formed, fearless and distinct.
The two met in the murky Boston music scene in 2011 while each fronting their own successful indie rock bands. When those bands had run their course, Adrian and Shoney found themselves living together, already singing together at open mics and during each other’s sets. The idea to begin performing together seemed inevitable.
While listening to The Lady Comes First, one hears a combination of melodic styles from early blues and jazz singers and a clear love for modern rock and roll, citing influences such as Tom Waits, Talking Heads, Annie Lennox, Portishead, Muddy Waters, Nina Simone, and Howlin Wolf. Adrian and Shoney are multi-instrumentalists with an unwavering focus on songwriting. Their distinct voices somehow blend seamlessly, often confusing audiences as to whose voice is actually being heard. Though they perform live as a stripped-down drums and guitar duo with the occasional harmonica or ukulele thrown in the mix, the studio is where the true breadth of their musical vision shines, using any and all means of fleshing out what they feel each song needs to properly convey the intended emotion and thought.
-Liz Anaya, Radio DJ WEMF Radio and co-founder of Sidestep Complex
“One part musicianship, one part story telling, one part performance art and absolutely no fear”
–Tom Bianchi, host of the Lizard Lounge Open Mic Challenge
"The Lady Comes First reminds me of a strange marriage between Tom Waits and the Dead Milkmen. A really fun band who I think would totally compliment a Bombadil music show."
-Michael Knox, reporter for The Independent Tribune