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Emily Kirsch has been performing since the age of six; beginning her career in church, then on the stage of local dinner theaters, and also with the Lost Colony chorus at the North Carolina Symphony. After studying piano for seven years, Emily began taking guitar lessons from Russell Johnson in 2009, fell in love with bluegrass music and released her solo CD, Just Another Memory, in January of 2013. Jon Weisberger, chairman of IBMA’s board of directors, describes Emily as “a singer who’s going to make an awful lot of listeners sit up and take notice.”
Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Russell Johnson brings thirty years of performing and recording experience to Diamond Creek. A featured artist on eighteen CDs and a guest on many more, his bluesy high-lonesome tenor makes him one of the most recognizable singers in bluegrass. As a songwriter he has been nominated for SPBGMA's Songwriter of the Year three times and has charted over thirty original songs on numerous charts including six number one singles. In July of 2016 he became the Director of the Carolina Bluegrass Band at his alma mater, UNC-Chapel Hill.
Wake Co. native Barney Rogers is the Diamond Creek Band banjo player. Inspired by the Flatt and Scruggs TV shows and parlor picking with Bascam Lamar Lunsford he has developed a feel for the banjo’s place in a band. He also plays finger-style guitar, clawhammer banjo and sings. Barney has played for years in local bands and until recently, he held the banjo slot with Blue Grass artist Travers Chandler & Avery Co. Barney has had songwriting success, penning songs for several Blue Grass artists. His song “Gonna Rise and Shine” performed by Alan Bibey and Grasstowne, charted over 40 weeks, 15 in the # 1 slot and was the 2020 IBMA Gospel Song of the Year, . In 2019 Barney was a finalist for SPBGMAS’s Songwriter of the Year in Nashville.
Akron Ohio native, Stephen Fraleigh is the fiddle player for Diamond Creek. Stephen is the musician's musician, a multi-instrumentalist as conformable with a banjo in his hands as a fiddle or mandolin. He started the Suzuki violin method at age six, heard bluegrass at age eight and has now fiddled for over forty years. He is a two-time bluegrass fiddle winner of one of the oldest music competitions in the country, the Galax Old-Time Fiddlers' Convention and is a sought after session player in Raleigh for bluegrass, country, and Americana recordings.
Tali Jones was born into a bluegrass loving family. She spent her childhood going to fiddlers' conventions, where her love for the music grew. The upright bass fascinated her from a young age, and she has been playing since she was tall enough to reach it without a stepstool. She's won 1st place in upright bass at the Maury River Fiddler's Convention, a festival she's frequented.