On Emanuel’s offering of dreamy ballads, vulnerability is the common thread. His lyrics are honest and his voice is able to emote expertly, without losing its key or composure. Thanks to this, the London, Ont. native went into 2021 with an impressive Motown deal, a co-sign from Idris Elba, two buzzy EPs, and a debut full-length album, Alt Therapy, on the way. —Sumiko Wilson

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