Our “Music Monday” artist this week is a 21-year-old singer/songwriter that goes by the name†Emma Kate.
Emma Kate†is the thinking womanís singer/songwriter, who blends a†fun,†upbeat†and†positive†dynamic to the contemporary popmusic space. The former†New Jersey Nets†junior dancer, who stunned the†New York Mets†crowd with her beautiful rendition of†God Bless America,Ē†has a radio ready hit on her hands with†ďNeon Yellow Hearts,Ē†available now†-†https://itunes.apple.com/
The catchy, hook-laden single was co-written with her creative partner†Aaron Kamin†from†The Calling†(ďWherever You Will GoĒ), and pays homage to a high school groupís last night together, infused with youthful hope and exuberance. A new EP is forthcoming.
Emma Kate debuted “Neon Yellow Hearts” live at The Bitter End in New York City on August 1st. CelebSecrets4U chatted with Emma moments before she was about the take the stage! In our interview, Emma talked about how she became a singer/songwriter, her debut single “Neon Yellow Hearts,” and her debut EP. She even opened up about balancing her career and a full academic course load and her secret talent!
Take a read at the Q&A below. For more information on†Emma Kate,†visit her official Twitter page at http://twitter.com/EmmaKateMusic19
CS4U: What got you into the music business, or the entertainment business in general?
Emma: “Well, Iíve been singing my whole life, in an a capella group and a barber shop quartet, but in about 10th†grade, my family friend introduced me to the singer-songwriter Matt White, who she had gone to college with, and he needed someone to sing background vocals on one of his songs, and I was there and he brought me in the studio with him. From there, he started introducing me to other songwriters, and then I realized that I could really start doing this professionally. Thatís how it all began, and then I started working with my current writing partner, Aaron Kamin, in L.A.; we wrote ďNeon Yellow HeartsĒ together, which is my first single and Iím so excited about it.
CS4U: And I know youíll be performing that tonight at The Bitter End! What can fans expect from an Emma Kate concert?
Emma: Well, itís definitely really fun, and of course I have a few ballads in there which tend to be on the sadder side, but thereís a bunch of sassy ones too, and everything Iím going to be doing is original stuff tonight, so itíll be things that are going to be on my upcoming EP.”
CS4U: Cool! Can you tell us a little bit about what we can expect from this EP? What has the writing and recording process been like for you?
Emma: “The writing and recording process has been really great. My partner, Aaron, in LA, has really taught me the craft of songwriting and how to turn even just simple diary entries into a song that sounds very universal and fun and upbeat. Heís taught me the importance of writing your own lyrics so that when youíre performing itís real and itís something that anyone in the audience can relate to.”
CS4U: And how would you describe your sound to our readers?
Emma: “Itís definitely upbeat because Iím really girly. I love to have fun and hang out with my girlfriends, but there are singer-songwriter undertones because I do write everything, so itís very honest and open, so even the poppy songs are about real parties that Iím going to. I mea, Iím in college, so itís all very real.”
CS4U: So how do you balance going to school and working on your career?
Emma: “Itís definitely a challenge at times, when I wish I could be writing with Aaron and Iím stuck at home studying for an exam. It definitely helps with my songwritingóI have a bigger vocabulary, I learn nuances in writing classes at school. Itís a challenge, but itís one that Iím willing to take because education is important and music is my passion, so I like to do both.”
CS4U: And whatís next for you in the future? Can we expect anymore concert dates or anything like that? Do you have a release date for the EP yet?
Emma: “I donít have an exact date for the EP, but it will be coming soon. Iím going to be performing at a show at the Westfield mall in California on September 12th, and Brandon and Leah are going to be headlining that show so itíll be really fun and exciting. Iím just going to keep going from here, and Iíll probably have a bunch more shows in the city now that Iím back at school.”
CS4U: Cool! Why do you think our readers should check out Emma Kate if they havenít heard from you yet?
Emma:†”Because I think as a 21 year old girl in college that itís hard finding artists that I can relate to because theyíre either a lot older and doing things that Iím not doing, or theyíre a little younger and maybe havenít had a serious boyfriend or been through the challenges of college, and I just think I would be a fun friend to have!”
CS4U: And since our website is called CelebSecrets4U, do you have any secrets or hidden talents, something that the fans wouldnít know about you that would be a surprise to hear?
Emma: “Well, when I was younger I did want to be an Olympic gymnast, so I do still take adult gymnastics classes.”
CS4U: So what is your favorite type of gymnastics?†
Emma: “Definitely the floor when you just get to run and jump into the pit.”
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