Emily Cole - 10 Questions Music Interview
Updated: Nov 15, 2019
Emily Cole is an award-winning alt-pop singer-songwriter. In 2019, she won the Josie Music Award for Best Contemporary Pop Vocalist of the Year. In the same year, she won a World Songwriting Award. In 2018, she won an Independent Tone Award and was an Unsigned Only Music Competition Semi-Finalist. Emily has also been an International Songwriting Competition Semi-Finalist. Emily is a Texas Native, and has been in the music scene since the release of her debut album in 2015. Cole worked with Producer Eddie Ferguson, a man who has worked alongside the father of Beyonce, on her debut album. Emily was selected as an emerging songwriter and artist for the Muscle Shoals Songwriter Festival in Alabama and the Mesa Music Festival in Arizona. Emily is an advocate for nonprofit organizations and performs for vents/fundraisers to help those less fortunate. Emily Cole is one of the artists who will be featured on BWH Music Group’s ‘On Peace Street,’ a compilation album featuring 19 songs about peace and social justice. What is the name of the song you have on Peace Street? Karma
What is the inspiration behind your song? Or, what is the song about? I wrote Karma about a situation I went through with a few "friends" of mine, who turned out to be the exact opposite of friends. It's one of the most honest and personal songs I’ve ever written, and I connect with what this song means to me more than any other song of mine. It’s basically just saying that if you don’t treat people how you want to be treated, karma’s going to come back to you.
How did you write your featured song? Or, can you describe your songwriting process?
Who are your major music influences? Usually, I write songs out of nowhere! I get inspired, sit down, and just let the lyrics come to me while I play either my guitar or ukulele.
Who are your major music influences? Billie Eilish, Halsey, Bea Miller, Selena Gomez, and Miley Cyrus When you wrote this song, did you have a goal in mind? For example, were you trying to raise awareness about an issue that’s close to your heart? I wrote this song because I wanted to get my feelings out into the world, and hoping others can relate to it.
How did you get started in music?
When I was younger, my mom used to always have country music playing in the house. George Strait, Gretchen Wilson, Keith Urban, you name it! I was constantly singing, even in Walmart!!! My music taste changed when I was about 8 years old, once I discovered Hannah Montana… yup, shocking. I learned all of the songs played on the show, and I’d even sing them at our family reunions! I started taking singing and writing seriously when I was 12, after attending a songwriters camp here in Texas called Real Life Real Music. I’ve been hooked ever since!
Of all the songs you’ve written, what was the most challenging and why? I'm currently in the process of finishing a song that I'm co-writing with my friend, Tom. I don't want to give away too many details, but I'm trying to find a way to make it inspirational without being too cheesy! That's definitely a challenge when writing uplifting songs.
How do you think music help promote world peace and social justice? Do you have a favorite social justice song? I believe that music has the power to move people, more than words can describe. It's been proven to help people calm down, or make them happy. Why wouldn't it be able to bring a more peaceful approach to living?
What’s coming up in the future? Lots of fun stuff. We've been working on my first professional video, and it happens to be for my song, Karma, that is on this compilation album. We are planning to release the video soon after Karma is released on 11/11. Fun future show I'm super excited to announce is that I'll be performing at the famous McGonigel's Mucky Duck! January 7th, 7:30-9:30 p.m. I recently attended the Josie Music Awards. While I was there, I met some TX neighbors. They are Band of Shepherds, and they were awarded the Josie for Young Adult Duo/Group of the Year. We got together after returning to Texas, and we're collaborating and will be offering a joint show at the Mucky Duck. I know lots have seen us separate, but we want everyone to join us at this show. We'll be performing our music that got us nominated and wins for the JMA's. We'll be sharing more originals and a few fun covers. I'm thinking a dad joke will be thrown out here and there. It's going to be fun (did I say that!). Buy tickets now for stocking stuffers! You can find the ticket link on McGonigel's Mucky Duck's Facebook page and on their website. Couple more cool festivals coming up are the Muscle Shoals Songwriters Festival in Alabama (I'll be performing on 10/26) and the Mesa Music Festival in Arizona (I'll be performing on 11/16). 2020 is going to start off great! I'll be releasing new music early January, with a tour following in mid January. More stuff in the works! I could always use more friends, so come to my shows and say "Hi!"
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