Emmett Tinley was born in Chicago, Illinois but grew up in Co. Wicklow in Ireland. Through the 1990s he fronted the critically acclaimed Irish band The Prayer Boat, who released two albums and a number of EPs in that time. The band took a break in 2000 and Emmett moved to Amsterdam to work on his first solo album. By the end of the year he was signed by Craig Kallman to Atlantic Records in New York. Atlantic re-released The Prayer Boat’s final album, ‘Polichinelle’, in the US in March 2001 and Emmett embarked on three solo tours in support of it.