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Already surpassing nearly half a million streams on her debut EP “Hazy,” 20-year-old singer-songwriter Emma Taylor has begun to captivate audiences everywhere with her endearing voice and melodies. Describing her own work as “sad girl music,” Emma’s songs tap into emotion that will resonate deeply with any listener. Creating her own unique acoustic-indie sound, Emma’s music is beautifully raw. Since breaking onto the scene in a big way, Emma is gearing up for the release of her new single “My Dear” and more original music in 2018.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Emma has been singing for as long as she could remember. Her first performance was at six-years-old, singing “Maybe” from the musical Annie for her entire family on her karaoke machine. “You could tell I was nervous but I remember that performance being the first one that sparked my addiction to the stage.”
That spark for performing only continued to grow; she considers guitar to be her main instrument other than her voice, but also plays piano and ukulele. When writing songs, Emma’s process usually consists of coming up with a melody first on her guitar. Once she has a solid melodic chorus or verse, she writes her lyrics to go along with it. “I usually find my inspiration from my surroundings or from personal experience. Usually I write about typical 20-year-old stuff: love, confusion, finding yourself... universality is so important when I write my songs because I want everyone listening to be able to relate to it. It’s also so important to have my melodies and lyrics really fit together and play off one another. I like to give my songs movement, meaning each section has its own feel and nothing sounds predictable.”
Emma’s biggest inspirations are some of the greats including singer-songwriters Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, and Carole King. Her goal is to pay homage to them while creating her own lane in the industry. She strives to bring back the vulnerability that these greats had in their songs. “I want my music to be the music that my listeners put on to help them get through something, to help them believe that they are not alone.” She credits Joni Mitchell as the reason she takes songwriting so seriously.
Releasing her debut EP “Hazy” in 2017 was a pivotal turning point for Emma. Putting her heart and soul into the project, Emma took a year to perfect how she wanted the world to see her as an artist – and the hard work shows. “I started writing for the EP when I moved to New York from LA for college. The transition was much more challenging than I had expected and it was very overwhelming. In order to cope with all the change I wrote as many songs as I could. The title ‘Hazy’ seemed like a perfect fit -- the haze symbolized my life; not being fully clear but you can see between the fog.“ The song “New Found Sound” off the EP made an absolute splash, going from 8,000 streams to 55,000 overnight.
Emma’s upcoming single “My Dear” will certainly mark a new, mature chapter in her career and show her evolution as an artist. “The song ‘My Dear’ is like the second chapter in my life. I recently went to London for a semester and wrote the song there after experiencing another round of change. Specifically in my love life, I was going through some tough times and the song came pretty naturally because of it. It’s about wanting to believe the person you are with will actually change. I think it is a subject that many can relate to and it really helped me push past the difficult times to get to the great times.”
Bringing her music to life, Emma frequents renowned venues including Genghis Cohen, Pianos, and Rockwood Music Hall. With just a guitar in hand, Emma makes it a mission to keep her shows as intimate as possible. Outside of music, Emma loves both photography and fashion. She describes her fashion style as a mix of sophisticated and bohemian.
Emma’s goal as a musician is simple. “I really just want my music to move people. I want to capture a unique audience that understands me and wants to take a ride with me on my musical journey. I hope to tour the world and get to know who listens to my music.” As Emma continues to grow as an artist, listeners can be ready for more singles to come in 2018.
Emma currently resides in New York.