Hey Emma! So excited to be chatting with you! You just released your new single “Don’t Forget To Remember Me” & it’s awesome! What do you hope your supporters will think of the new song?
Thanks! I want them to think about their friendships and feel good vibes.
Can you tell us the backstory of this song? Is it from a real experience?
Yes. My friend moved away, and I was so sad. I really missed her. And then I found out that I was moving the next year. It suddenly hit me how much I would miss my friends. I was sitting in class one day, looking around at all my friends, and I started writing the words down. The first draft is on two pink sticky notes.
You also have more music coming out in 2020!! Can you spill any details on what your supporters can look forward to from you the rest of the year?!?
Actually, I’m hoping to release an album in February 2021, depending on what happens with Covid-19. The songs I’m currently working on have more of a pop vibe. I have several that are very emotional and close to the heart, but a lot of them are more upbeat and fun.
Do you have a creative say in your music? Did you help write all your new songs?
Yes! I always write the words and come up with a melody. After that, I sit down with one of my vocal coaches. Shannon Czapla at Stages Music Arts helps me with the arrangements, and Genesis Green at Hudson’s on Mercer works with me to solidify the lyrics.
What’s it feel like to be releasing your own original music?
Really cool. It’s amazing to think that people are hearing something I worked so hard on, and enjoying a song I created.
Will there be a music video for your new single? If so, can you tell us about the concept of the video 🙂
Stages Music Arts in Baltimore produced the song, and also put together a video that’s available on YouTube (https://youtu.be/9Gp2M60CL5I)
What’s been the pros and cons of pursuing your music career?
There are no cons, only pros. Getting to perform, which I love so much. Working with other talented singers and songwriters. Seeing everything come together so perfectly. Seeing my vision turn into reality. Being able to put my feelings into my music.
Is there anyone you want to thank that’s helped you get to where you are today?
There are so many people who helped me. Ashley Higginbotham was my first vocal coach and mentor; she made me believe I could really become a singer/songwriter, and helped me every step of the way. Brennan McShane was my guitar instructor at Stages Music Arts; he has always been one of my biggest supporters, and he brought so much to the arrangement of “Don’t Forget to Remember Me.” Charles Simon is the General Manager at Stages, and he made it possible for me to get the song produced. Of course Shannon Czapla continues to be a huge part of the process, as well as Genesis Green, who I work with at Hudson’s. And, of course, my mom and dad, who support me in everything I want to do. And my friends for always being there for me.
What do you think makes your fan community/fandom different from others?
Since I just released the song, I don’t really feel like I have tons of fans, other than my friends, and all of my family. But a lot of the people I’ve connected with through social media are young dreamers like me. We all just want to be part of something.
How would you describe your fans? – what’s three words you would use to describe your fans?
Supportive, sweet, motivational.
What do you want your message to be towards your fans? What do you want your fans to take away from your music and shows?
I want them to see the real me, not a public version of myself. That’s why I like to write my own songs, because it lets fans know that I’ve really been through these things and felt this way.
Are you planning any IG Live shows to promote your new music?
I would love to! Since I’m just getting started, I don’t know what comes next, but I’m excited about exploring ways to get my music out there.
What is it like performing in front of your fans? Are you excited to start performing your own music live!?!
I love performing whenever and wherever I can. I always have. It will be really special when I get to sing in front of people who came there just because they want to see me.
What do you want your supporters to know that you think is important?
Sticking up for yourself, sticking up for others—especially the people close to you—and being conscious of everything you’re putting out into the world.
What’s something your fans don’t know about you?
A lot of people like for days to be sunny, but I really prefer the peacefulness of cloudy days. And I LOVE big storms because the power makes me feel so much awe and wonder.
What’s one word you would use to describe what your fans have allowed you to accomplish?
With an already massive fanbase your fans must they have a name for themselves. What do your fans call themselves? And How did that fanbase name catch on?
Well, I can’t say I have a “massive fanbase” yet, but I’ll let you know when I do!
Many of your supporters are starstruck when they meet you! Have you ever been starstruck?
Yes! I met Ariana Grande, and told her I would be opening for her some day. She smiled really big and said, “Okay.”
What do you want your fans to know if they ever see you in public?
That I’m approachable. It would be cool for them to come up and talk to me.
Is there anyone in the music business you are dying to meet?
Of course I would like to meet Ariana Grande again, and actually have more time to talk to her. It would also be fun to meet Madison Beer.
What’s your current go-to song?
Good question! It changes, but right now there are two: “Rain On Me” by Ariana Grande and “Baby” by Madison Beer.
Why do you think social media is so important for teen artists like yourself?
It gives more young artists a chance to put their message out there and be heard.
What would you say is your biggest dream/goal right now?
Going on tour with my music.
Any last things you want to tell your supporters?
Thank you! Your support is everything!