Emily Moretz Wallace grew up in the small community of Bethlehem, North Carolina and was confirmed at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church. She began piano lessons at age 8; she began playing for the youth musicals in her church and started playing piano for worship services at age 13. She began her college studies at Lenoir-Rhyne in Hickory, North Carolina, and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Sacred Music Performance from Appalachian State University in 2001, with concentrations in both Piano and Organ. She studied voice as well. Emily served on the faculty of Appalachian State University, serving as a vocal coach and accompanist for instrumentalists for lessons and recitals in the Hayes School of Music.