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Gryner's childhood was spent in Forest, Lambton County, Ontario. Her father was of half Irish heritage and her mother was Filipina.

Emm started her music career in Toronto, working office jobs during the day while honing her live show in small, local clubs by night. Gryner entered her original song "Wisdom Bus" in a nationwide songwriting contest sponsored by Standard Broadcasting, and won. With the money from this prize, she recorded an album called The Original Leap Year and released it on her own Dead Daisy Records. The album attracted the attention of Violent Femmes producer, Warren Bruleigh.

Bruleigh passed the album onto an exec at Mercury Records who signed Gryner. The result was Public, a Britpop-inspired album that yielded a hit in Canada called "Summerlong". Several tours followed, with Ron Sexsmith, Bernard Butler, Rufus Wainwright and others.

After Universal Music took over Mercury Records, Gryner was dropped from the label and returned to her own Dead Daisy Records. She released several albums, two of which went on to be nominated for Best Pop Album of the Year at the Juno Awards. During this time, Gryner moved to New York and Los Angeles to write and tour. She also took a job singing and playing keyboards in David Bowie’s band. The gig saw Gryner performing with Bowie at Glastonbury Festival, on Later with Jools Holland and other venues around America and Europe. She appears on Bowie at the Beeb, a live album.

After leaving Bowie’s band, Gryner moved to Montreal and released an album called Songs of Love and Death which was made up of cover versions of Irish songs by The Undertones, The Virgin Prunes, Horslips, Thin Lizzy, The Thrills and others. Recorded in a house she shared with Kate McGarrigle, the album attracted the attention of Irish media. Gryner found a champion in Pat Egan, a legendary promoter and manager based in Dublin, and he set up her first shows.

In 2005, Gryner signed Atlantic Canadian indie band In-Flight Safety. The band went on to receive national acclaim, capture several awards and receive a Juno nomination for Best Video of The Year in 2007. Gryner subsequently signed Toronto songwriter Royal Wood and released his album, A Good Enough Day through Dead Daisy.

In 2006, Gryner released The Summer of High Hopes produced by Nathan Larson. The album was released in Canada and later in Ireland on the heels of a performance at Oxegen Festival. Gryner also collaborated with Larson in the band Hot One, which released an album that year. She is also a member of the collective The Cake Sale (Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol, Bell X1, Josh Ritter, Glen Hansard and others). The collective is featured on The Cake Sale, a multi-platinum-selling Irish album with proceeds to Oxfam’s Make Trade Fair.

Gryner also played the angel in the music videos of "The Grace" and "Age of Consent" by Neverending White Lights and starred in One Week, a film by director Michael McGowan. In the summers of 2007 and 2008, Gryner co-hosted the radio show Under The Covers with Danny Michel, a show about cover songs, for CBC Radio One.

In late 2008 Gryner signed a management deal with Second Motion Entertainment based out of Chapel Hill, NC. The company owns its own label, Second Motion Records, which in turn will release a retrospective of Gryner's career in March 2009. The label is slated to move to East Lansing, Michigan in early 2009 and more activity from Gryner is expected for the first 6 months of the year including a European and American tour.