Emily Bear performs new album at Prairie Street Brewhouse

ROCKFORD, Ill (WIFR) -- Rockford native and piano prodigy Emily Bear comes back to the stateline to kick off the release of her new EP with a concert at Prairie Street Brewhouse.

It was a packed house Thursday night as Emily performed songs off her debut album Emotions. The 18-year-old says she's singing more on this album but still incorporates her piano magic into each single. Proceeds from Thursday night’s concert will go toward music programs at Rockford Public Schools.

“This is a great venture out for her in a new area, but I think they already have such a connection to the community, growing up here, going to middle school high school. Her family has great roots here and they're very well-known so I think it helps that the town is behind her and wants to see her succeed, which she already has,” said general manager at Prairie Street Brewing Company Patrick Gallaher.