Emerson Swinford, a native of Chicago, is a Los Angeles-based guitarist, composer/songwriter and producer. He is currently a guitarist in the Rod Stewart band. In 2016 he released a self titled album available on his website (HERE) and on iTunes. Also his guitar work can be heard on much of the 2015 album release by Stewart, called Another Country and 2013's Time, which went to number 1 on the UK Albums Chart and has reached Double Platinum sales status there. Time also went to number 7 on the US Billboard chart. On Another Country, Emerson also has bass, vocal and co-writing credits including "The Drinking Song." Along with writer/producer Kevin Savigar and Rod Stewart, Emerson co-wrote two songs on the Time album, "Finest Woman" and the title track "Time." Emerson's theme and under-score music composed for the hit comedy Hot in Cleveland won him a 2011, 2012 and 2014 ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards. He is also a composer for the TV Land network comedy series The Soul Man (TV series) and Retired at 35 and has had many TV and film song placements including MTV/"The Hills", " The Ghost Whisperer", and "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." As a session guitarist, Emerson has recorded with a diverse roster of artists such as Jennifer Love Hewitt, Delerium, Rod Stewart, Paul Oakenfold, Liz Phair, Jim McGorman, P.J. Olsson, Fisher (band), Kimberly Locke, Natalie Cole, Kenny G and many others, as well as performing on the soundtracks for the movies Just Like Heaven, Planet of the Apes (2001) and "Power Rangers." His guitar work is also featured on several national TV commercial spots including "St. Ives" and "Coors Light." Emerson is a co-writer of the hit single "Barenaked" for actress and singer Jennifer Love Hewitt. He was the musical director and touring guitarist for Tony award-winning actress and singer Idina Menzel, famous for her roles in Disney's Frozen (2013 film), Broadway's Wicked, Rent and the TV show "Glee." Also see *"emersonswinford.com
|1997||P.J. Olsson||P.J. Olsson||Guitar|
|1998||Power Rangers||[Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]||Guitar|
|1999||Words For Living||P.J. Olsson||Guitar|
|2000||Planet of the Apes [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]||Danny Elfman||Guitar|
|2002||BareNaked||Jennifer Love Hewitt||Guitar|
|2003||Girls Night Out, Vol. 2 [BMG]||Various Artists||Guitar/Composer|
|2003||Just So You Know||Holly Palmer||Producer/Composer/Guitar|
|2004||Billy Miles||Billy Miles||Producer/Composer/Guitar|
|2005||Crash: Music from and Inspired by the Academy Award winning movie Crash||[Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]||Producer|
|2005||Extraordinary Ways||Conjure One||Guitar|
|2005||Just Like Heaven (Reese Witherspoon)||[Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]||Guitar|
|2005||Beautifully Insane||P.J. Olsson||Programming, Composer, Mixing, Guitar, Producer|
|2005||Lost Art of the Idle Moment||Carmen Rizzo||Guitar|
|2006||I'm in the Mood for Love: The Most Romantic Melodies of All Time||Kenny G||Guitar|
|2006||If Your Memory Serves You Well||Serena Ryder||Guitar|
|2006||The World is Falling Down||Jamestown (a.k.a. Jim McGorman)||Guitar/Composer|
|2007||Based on a True Story||Kimberley Locke||Guitar|
|2007||American Scream||P.J. Olsson||Guitar|
|2009||Never Say Goodbye||Sarah Bettens||Composer|
|2009||Spectacular! (Music From the Nickelodeon Original Movie)||[Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]||Guitar|
|2010||Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box||Tim Burton||Guitar|
|2011||Cas Nás Naucí||Petr Kolář||Guitar/Composer|
|2012||Merry Christmas Baby||Rod Stewart||Guitar|
|2012||Music Box Opera||Delerium||Guitar|
|2015||Another Country||Rod Stewart||Guitar/Bass/Vocals/Composer|
|2016||Emerson Swinford (self-titled)||Emerson Swinford||Producer/Composer/Mixer/Guitar/Bass/Vocals/Programming|
Main source for discography:
- Graduated James B. Conant High School, Hoffman Estates, IL. 1986
- Graduated Millikin University, Decatur IL. Bachelor of Music, 1990
- Graduated University of Southern California, Master of Music, 1992
Links to guitars, amps, and other gear that Emerson uses and/or endorses
Merida Acoustic guitars. Great acoustic and nylon string guitars!
Nash Electric Guitars. Fantastic "vintage" sounding instruments with that worn in look and feel.
Thorn Custom Electric Guitars. A true craftsman, making custom guitars that are works of art!
Radial/Tonebone Massive array of audio products that are well designed and built like tanks!
Germino Amplification Hand-built amps by amp guru, Greg Germino. Been using these for years in the studio and on stage!
Valvetech Amplifiers Rob hand builds an amazing AC 30 style amp as well as his own designs. Great stuff! Also been a using these for many years in studio and on stage.
Seymour Duncan Pickups Legendary builder of pickups!
Tone King Amps The name says it all.
Barber Pedals Dave Barber makes some of the best pedals on the market at THE BEST prices! My favorite overdrive and distortion units are Barbers!
Strymon Pedals Genius delay and chorus pedals.