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Forever Emerald is a SoCal Pop Rock group founded at Musician’s Institute where the members (Devin, Brodie, Taylor & Leah) became fast friends and brought their diverse musical backgrounds together. They each bring raw energy to the stage following in the footsteps of their Warped Tour Idols with music discussing the problems faced transitioning into adulthood, first loves, to self-doubt told from the mouth of babes.
Devin Papadol was born in Los Angeles California. Raised by her ballerina, show tunes-loving mother and her father, who came to LA to pursue acting; she was always encouraged to be creative. Devin adored singing from a young age but it wasn't until her family relocated to the suburbs of Thousand Oaks, CA that she developed a nitch for live performance. She overcame her stage fright by joining her middle school choir and continuing to sing in the advanced choral groups till her senior year of high school. After over 7 years of classical training, Devin moved back to the city in 2016 to further her experience with contemporary music and gain her Associates Degree in Vocal Performance at Musicians Institute in Hollywood. Since then she has started Forever Emerald with fellow students and sang alongside her biggest musical idol, Paramore.
Brodie Higgs is from Sanger, Texas where he studied guitar for 7 years under the instruction of Victor Gann. He also performed in A Cappella choirs during his entire high school career. At 18, he moved from Sanger to Hollywood, California in order to study at Musicians Institute for his Associate Of Arts Degree in Guitar Performance. Brodie just recently completed his Luthier Certification (also from MI) after graduating in March 2018 with honors. Brodie is the latest guitarist addition of Forever Emerald, having joined in November of 2018. He also is now a guitar tech at Schecter Guitars.
Taylor Fischer was born and raised in Orange County, California. Growing up on artists like Fall Out Boy, she's always had a passion for pop-punk music. Wondering how she could get involved in the same genre that ignited her adornment for music; she picked up the bass and fell in love. She had met the rest of the band while studying to receive a major in Bass Performance and a minor in Music Business. She did so to gain understanding and knowledge of both sides of the monster known as the entertainment industry. Seen performing with Forever Emerald, she has experienced gigging all around the greater Los Angeles area with other well-known acts such as Jada Facer (NBC's Melissa & Joey) and Sara Sangfelt (Swedish Idol). She's also gotten the chance to intern at Sumerian Records, Fearless Records, and Hopeless Records. Taylor hopes to shed light on the lack of female representation in rock music with her involvement and hopes to make the scene a safer space.
From the second Leah Sly picked up the guitar she knew there was nothing else she wanted to do but play. Born in the blues city of Chicago, Leah Sly began her musical journey at the age of 11, the same time she was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Both life-changing events drove her to dedicate her life to music which involved graduating high school early with a 3.8 GPA in order to tour as the lead guitarist with American Idol star Dalton Rapattoni where they played 50 shows in 25+ states. She has also gotten the chance to play over 150+ shows all around the Midwest during her high school career including Chicago's House of Blues, Milwaukee's Summerfest 4 years in a row, the Bomb Factory in Texas, Full Sail University, and opening for Skid Row. She graduated from Musician's Institute with an associates degree in Guitar Performance, she continues to hone her craft and love her bandmates.