Lorely Rodriguez, known by her stage name Empress Of, is an American singer, songwriter, musician and record producer based in Los Angeles. Her debut album, Me, was released to critical acclaim in 2015.

Empress Of
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Empress Of performing in 2019
Background information
Birth nameLorely Rodriguez
OriginLos Angeles
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • musician
  • record producer
Years active2011–present
Associated actsKhalid


Rodriguez initially gained attention in 2012 for anonymously releasing a series of one minute-long demos (via YouTube) prefaced only by a solid color entitled "Colorminutes".[1] Her first 7" single, "Champagne" was released soon after on November 5, 2012 through a limited run via No Recordings.[2][3] 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."[4]

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.[5] Since the release of her EP, she's showcased at SXSW, Iceland Airwaves and Pitchfork's Summer Music Festival[6] 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.[7] She has also released a Spanish-language version of the track, "Agua Agua" "so that [her] mother listens [to her] music." Rodriguez's debut album Me, which she self-produced and recorded in Mexico was released on September 11, 2015 via XL Recordings and Terrible.

During 2017, Rodriguez released a standalone single, "Go to Hell" on July 12. 2017 via Terrible. She also featured on two singles for Los Angeles producers, DJDS with the Billboard-charting "Why Don't You Come On" additionally featuring El Paso R&B singer, Khalid and a cover of Lana Del Rey's Lust for Life single, "Love" released on August 29, 2017 and December 1, 2017 respectively through Loma Vista for their third studio album Big Wave More Fire. On April 11, 2018, double single "Trust Me Baby / In Dreams" premiered on Zane Lowe's Apple Music "Beats 1" radio show and released via Terrible. The former was co-produced by Cole M.G.N. In October 2018, she was featured on Khalid's first extended play release.[8]

Rodriguez's sophomore album, Us, was released on October 19, 2018. She supported Maggie Rogers on her fall 2019 Heard It in a Past Life tour.[9]

Her song "When i'm with him" is featured on the soundtrack of the video game eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2020.

Personal lifeEdit

Lorely is a first-generation Honduran-American.[10] She was raised by her mother in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Lorely's first experiences with music were listening to her father's cassette tapes of The Beatles and Pet Shop Boys.[4] Formerly a resident of Brooklyn, NY, much of her debut album, "Me " addressed the hardships she faced while living in Brooklyn: "I hate the rats, I hate the rent, I hate all these shitty guys, I hate capitalism. [...] I am getting cat-called in the street, just being a woman walking and I should just be able to walk down the street, you know."

Lorely has a degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston.[11] She cites Julee Cruise, Elizabeth Fraser of the Cocteau Twins, The Zombies, and The Beach Boys as some of her musical inspirations.[12]


Studio albumsEdit

Extended playsEdit

  • Systems (2013)
  • Tristeza (2014)
  • Google Play: Live at the Milk JamRoom (2016)


As lead artistEdit

Title Year Album
"Champagne" 2012 Non-album singles
"Realize You" 2013
"Water Water" 2015 Me
"Kitty Kat"
"How Do You Do It"
"Woman Is a Word" 2016 Non-album singles
"Go to Hell" 2017
"Trust Me Baby" 2018 Us
"When I'm With Him"
"Love For Me"
"I Don't Even Smoke Weed"

As featured artistEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US Dance/Elec.
US Hot 100
"The Way That You Like"
2016 When Love Hurts
Made to Measure
"Best to You"
Blood Orange
Freetown Sound
"Stonefist" (Remix)
Health and Boys Noize
2017 DISCO3+
"Why Don't You Come On"
DJDS and Khalid
30 Big Wave More Fire
"Love" (Lana Del Rey cover)
Zombie Conquerer
Dirty Projectors
2018 Lamp Lit Prose
88 Suncity
"Red Wine"
Forever Neverland
Tommy Genesis
Tommy Genesis
Toro y Moi
2019 smartbeats
"Wild Girl"
Wild Girl
"Tennis Fan"
Tennis Fan


  1. ^ "Empress Of's 11 "Colorminutes" « PMA - Pretty Much Amazing". Prettymuchamazing.com.
  2. ^ "Empress Of – "Champagne" Video". Stereogum.com. 2012-11-05.
  3. ^ "Empress Of // "Champagne"". SoundCloud.com.
  4. ^ a b "Empress Of Takes the Cards She Was Dealt". Noisey.vice.com. September 2015. Retrieved 2016-08-22.
  5. ^ "Empress Of". Pitchfork.com.
  6. ^ "5 Minutes with Empress Of at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013". Sidewalkhustle.com. 2013-08-02.
  7. ^ "Empress Of debuts new song "Water Water"". Terriblerecords.com.
  8. ^ "All 27 of Khalid's Collaborations, Ranked: Critic's Picks". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  9. ^ "Maggie Rogers unveils fall tour dates". The FADER. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  10. ^ "Empress Of Pivots From 'Me' To 'Us'". NPR.org. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  11. ^ "Empress Of Releases Her Debut Record 'Me' With A Newfound Confidence". Galoremag.com. 2015-09-10. Retrieved 2016-08-22.
  12. ^ "INTERVIEW: GETTING REAL WITH EMPRESS OF". Allstonpudding.com. 2013-04-10. Retrieved 2016-08-22.
  13. ^ "Empress Of Why Don't You Come On Chart History". Billboard.com. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  14. ^ https://www.billboard.com/music/empress-of/chart-history/hot-100/song/110492. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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