Lorely Rodriguez, known by her stage name Empress Of, is a American singer, songwriter, musician and record producer based in Los Angeles. She gained attention in 2012 for anonymously releasing a series of one minute-long demos prefaced only by a solid color entitled "Colorminutes". Her first 7" single, "Champagne" was released soon after on November 5, 2012 through a limited run via No Recordings.
Lorely's stage name was inspired by a tarot card reading she did with a friend: "The first card he pulled out was an Empress card and I was like, 'It's me, I am Empress.' [...] the Empress card is connected to fertility and mothering and strength. It's kind of nice to have those feelings."
On April 2, 2013, her bilingual four-track EP, "Systems" was released via Double Denim and Terrible Records in the UK and North America respectively. Since the release of her EP, she's showcased at SXSW, Iceland Airwaves and Pitchfork's Summer Music Festival and toured as a support act with the likes of Jamie Liddell, Jungle, Kimbra and Florence and the Machine.
"Water Water", the first single off her debut full-length Me was released on April 14, 2015.
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