Interview: Singer/Songwriter Emma Taylor discusses her new single, ‘My Dear’
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Since releasing her debut EP, Hazy, last year, singer/songwriter Emma Taylor’s success and maturity as an artist has grown by leaps and bounds. Songs from the album speak of the challenging transition the beautiful songstress encountered while making the move from the familiar confines of her L.A. home to the hustling vibe of New York. One of the songs from the EP in particular; the appropriately titled, “New Found Sound,” struck a chord with audiences, going from 8,000 streams to more than 55,000 overnight.

Taylor’s new single, the haunting and ethereal “My Dear” marks another new chapter in the singer’s career while continuing her evolution as the consummate artist. Dealing with vulnerability amid torn relationships, Taylor’s message in “My Dear” offers us hope to push past the bad times in order to get to the good.

AXS recently spoke with Emma Taylor about her new single and more in this exclusive new interview.

AXS: How would you describe your style of music?

Emma Taylor: The first thing that comes to mind is that it’s very singer/songwriter. I like to pay homage to my influences with my music and place a lot of emphasis on lyrics. It's very natural.

AXS: What’s your songwriting process like?

ET: I usually always have a notebook that I carry around with me wherever I go. Throughout the day, whenever I become inspired or ideas pop into my head, I’ll write them down. Other times, if I want to create a full song, I’ll start by writing a guitar melody. Then, I'll come up with a cool progression for a verse or chorus and go back to my notebook to find an idea that fits within the melody and build it from there.

AXS: What can you tell me about your new single, “My Dear”?

ET: I wrote that song a few months ago when I was over in London. I've always been able to draw a lot of inspiration from my surroundings, but living in London was a whole new experience. It was very foreign, so I was already in a vulnerable place. But I was also going through some difficult times in my relationships and wrote the song about what I was going through. It's a hopeful song, but it’s also a heartbreak song. It’s hopeful because I’m saying that I want this relationship to change. Heartbreak, because the change hasn't happened yet.

AXS: Have you noticed a maturity in your songwriting since the release of Hazy?

ET: Absolutely. I originally wrote the songs for Hazy about two years ago. Then it took another year to create them into what they eventually became. I'm constantly growing and evolving and each time, the music gets better and better. I'm excited to continue growing my style and my experiences so I’ll have new things to build on.  

AXS: What are your current tour plans like?

ET: A big part of artistry is performing, so I try to gig as much as I can. Right now, I'm working on a few dates for April as well as a tour this summer. I'll be announcing things soon.

AXS: Did you always know that you wanted to have a career in music?

ET: I did. My parents always loved music and artists like Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and Carole King were always playing in my home. I’ve often said that my dad could have been a music executive in another life because he loves talking about it so much. Growing up, I took voice lessons and did theater. Once my parents realized this wasn’t going to be a phase, they were very supportive of my decision.

AXS: What was it about those particular artists that appealed to you?

ET: Whenever I’m listening to an artist, what really captures me is the songwriting. They’re all geniuses with their lyrics; Joni Mitchell in particular. She was a poet first and you can really see that in her lyrics. She literally opened herself up in her songs and allowed people in. There’s such a depth to her music and I could really relate to that. I also love her voice and how the melodies perfectly match the song. She’s a unique artist who has the whole package of writing a song, singing it well and having a story to tell.

AXS: Are there any other projects you’re currently working on?

ET: I’m writing a lot right now and plan to release a few more singles this year. I’m also working with a few people about doing some videos to give a visual side to a few of my songs and go on an even deeper level.

AXS: What excites you the most about the future?

ET: I’m excited to get on the road and start making connections with people and taking the next step as the artist. I want to collaborate and am looking forward to continuing to grow and having new experiences. There’s a deeper maturity to my writing that I hope continues to resonate with audiences.