Emma Moore is a part of the ever-rising talent pool here in the United Kingdom. She recently shared the stage with other British Country acts at the March Country Night in Wolverhampton. Emma started the night before Narn, Thorne Hill and Emma Swindells took to the stage. This was a fantastic evening that provided to the fans that went along. You don’t need me to tell you how much of an enjoyment the whole night was.
She enjoyed her performance in Wolverhampton, which she admits she was a little terrified towards. :”We had a little guitar hiccup at the top of the set, but after that, I think it went well. It was a mix of old favourites and some new material which is always daunting, but I had so much fun. I’d been ill all week before the show and was terrified my voice wouldn’t last, but luckily it held out! What a relief.”
With the enjoyment, she loves engaging with the fans even if a few tears have been shed. :”I love chatting to people after a set as different people connect with different songs, I’m always interested to hear what people thought. I’ve had some really good constructive criticism from people who saw my first couple of shows and then again recently and it’s great that people can see the progression and are enjoying the direction I’m taking my music. I’ve had tears from some which as awful as it sounds, is a huge compliment! Seeing people dancing along is always good too, I love that something I’ve made has made someone so happy.”
The start of Emma’s journey to the Country genre started in the early 90s. Although her decision to start writing was never present from the beginning as she initially started out singing covers. :”I just started writing. I’d always sung covers so I don’t think I’d ever truly found my voice.” All that changed when she started to perform original music. She discovered her passion when the likes of Miranda Lambert came onto the scene, but the influences of the earlier artists remained with her. : “when I started writing I was listening to a lot of Miranda Lambert and other new artists as well as holding on to my treasured 90’s Country albums.”
When it comes to the writing processes for Emma, the fundamental roots of what leads to an end piece varies in its beginnings. They can often stem from stories that she has felt a connection with on a personal level, but the connection branches from her own experiences. No matter where the ideas start from you as an artist. : “I think the best songs come from the heart, so no matter what I’m writing there’s always a little piece of me somewhere.”
The creation of the ideas for Emma often came from moments of sheer spontaneity. : “In the beginning, they were always spontaneous. I’d grab my guitar and just sing literally anything until I stumbled across something I liked.”As her journey moved on so did the creation process. It developed into a less spontaneous approach but in keeping with the writing elements that she holds close an artist. : “Recently I’ve been getting lots of lyric or story ideas when I’ve been away from my guitar, so I have a notebook (and very full note section in my phone) with me constantly that I write them all down in. Then when I can sit and write, I go through them and put them to music.”
As an aspiring artist whose causing waves on the Country scene, the aspirations of where one would hope their career will travel can only reach greater altitudes. For Emma her aspirations are one which many can relate to about wanting to follow your passion and hope that you end up at that end goal. : “That seems to change so much, with each thing I tick off my list five more seem to replace it. At the minute, my goal is to be able to fully financially support myself through music, but as far as how I get there I have no idea! I’d be on stage every night of the year if I could – so my short term goal is to just get out and sing in as many towns and cities as I can.”
With the road ahead Emma isn’t a stranger to the obstacles that try their hardest to stop you in your tracks. :”As cheesy as it sounds, the biggest thing has been my family. They’ve invested their time, money and faith in me, and the thought of letting them down terrifies me. They have been amazing.” She isn’t allowing the thoughts of failure stop her as her love for the genre is one that she’ll keep on chasing. : “Aside from them it’s my love for this job. I wake up happy and thankful every day that I get to make music and even when obstacles arise I wouldn’t change this for anything. It’s hard work and takes a lot from you, but nothing compares to standing on a stage, big or small, and seeing people listening to and enjoying your music.”
The struggles of wanting to follow your dream aren’t uncommon whether you’re in the music industry or not. However, with the rise of any genre, the possibility of making something out of it becomes ever more of a challenge. Emma believes that staying true to your own identity is one that shouldn’t be forgotten. : “I’d say the most important thing is to stay true to yourself. I tried singing what I thought other people wanted to hear and got nowhere, and when I stopped for a second and sung what was important to me doors started opening and this incredible year I’ve had in Country music started. If you make music, you are proud of, and is real to you it will find its place.”
Emma remains confident about the upcoming release of her EP, which releases sometime in June of this year which is being recorded with Justin Johnson. Her confidence doesn’t sway to far either left or right as :” I’m definitely more of an optimist but always have that niggling ‘what if’ pulling me towards that middle ground. I do like to daydream about my idyllic future (probably more than I should), but I try to keep it balanced and my feet on the ground.”
Emma is one artist that soon be coming to a town near you. Her music and passion speaks multiple words, which leads to vocally fluent performances that make you happy to be sat in front of to listen to.
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