At Belles & Gals we always love discovering new artists and their music. Emery Adeline is no exception to this. After discovering her latest EP release ‘Killin’ Time’, we just had to get to know more about Emery and her music. With a wide range of musical influences, Emery is carving a path for her uniquely brilliant sound within the industry. She’s definitely an artist to watch! Check out our interview below to find out more about Emery’s influences, style and how to keep up to date with her career – Liam Lewis (twitter.com/liam0324)
Hi Emery! Thank you for taking your time to talk to us. Please could you give us a little introduction as to who you are?
Thank you for having me! My name is Emery and I’m originally from Denver, CO. I love the mountains and spending time in nature and writing songs. I started writing when I was about 8 years old and have been chasing this dream ever since then. I moved to Nashville to go to Belmont University in 2013 and have been living there ever since. I released an album in 2014, but this EP feels like my first release because I really found myself as an artist through it. I love animals and I don’t like chocolate. Trying to think of fun things about myself to tell you guys haha.
How would you describe your sound to those who have not listened to you before?
It’s like “vibey country”. I tried to capture this cool atmospheric sound that’s happening in pop right now and figure out how that would translate to old school country. There’s lots of pedal steel, lots of atmospheric guitars and lots of harmonies. I kind of wanted to marry 60’s and 70’s country with modern pop and alternative. Kind of like Willie Nelson’s Red Headed Stranger combined with Lana Del Rey’s Ultraviolence record and sprinkle in a little bluegrass and folk.
What makes country music special to you?
For me, it’s definitely the history that makes country music so special. The songs have stories that go along with them, and the songs themselves are inspired by stories. It’s a genre that allows for deeply personal songs and celebrates simplicity, which is something I really strive for in my writing. Country music, when done right, can be a deeply vulnerable genre and I just think that is so beautiful.
Who are your musical influences/idols and why?
Alison Krauss and Fleetwood Mac were probably my first two musical loves. Like when I was really young. My first concert was Alison Krauss when I was 5 years old. I love a lot of alternative stuff too like Sheryl Crow and REM. Taylor Swift was a huge player in my decision to become a singer songwriter. I love John Mayer, Gregory Alan Isakov, Blind Pilot, Dixie Chicks, Kacey Musgraves is like my current favorite artist and has been for the past few years. I think the thread that kind of connects all these different musicians is that they are spectacular songwriters. When I listen to music the first thing I listen to is lyrics and I’ve always been that way. I always love the songs that are just brilliant lyrics that move people and I think those artists are some of the best.
Your latest release ‘Killin’ time’ is a brilliant 6 track EP. What is your favourite track on the EP and why?
I always hate this question because it feels like I have to pick a favorite child haha. I think my favorite is probably Killin’ Time though. That song just kind of fell out of me late one night and it was so personal and fitting for where I was in my life. I wrote it back in like 2014 or 2015 in my college dorm and I was just feeling very numbed out to a lot of things. It just means a lot to me and I’m really proud of it. But honorable mentions to Kitchen because that thing is just like ripping a page out of my diary and making a million copies for everyone to read. Every time I play it, even still when I’ve played it so many times, it still scares me because it’s such a vulnerable song. But I think it’s important to write songs like that because those are the ones that heal people and connect us.
Who would you like to collaborate with the most and why?
Oh gosh the list is huge. Kacey Musgraves would be a big, big dream. I respect her so much as a songwriter and an artist I would love if I could collaborate in any way with her. There’s a lot of people I would love to write with too, like Shane McAnally, Lori McKenna, Hillary Lindsey. My dream producer is Dan Auerbach. Just lots of really talented amazing people.
Where do you commonly find inspiration for your music?
Just my life. I write a lot about my experiences and things that I’m going through. I kind of have a rule that if a song doesn’t make me cry a little bit while I’m writing it then it’s not a good song haha. I write about my relationships and the people I’ve loved. That’s really what the record is about, just moving through the end of a relationship from the moment you realize it’s over (I Can’t Change You) to the moment you start to fall for someone else (Temporary) and all the different moods in between (the rest of the record). Lately though I’ve been writing about other things besides just boys and trying to push myself as a songwriter, so I think the next record will be a little different.
If you had to choose a highlight of your career so far what would it be?
Definitely being chosen as a Troubadour at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival this summer. This summer has just been one amazing thing after another and that festival was definitely the highlight. The troubadour contest is highly competitive and being chosen as one of the 10 finalists was a huge dream come true. I’m also getting to play the station Inn in august 8th which is another dream come true. It’s a historic venue in Nashville and so many of my heroes have been on that stage.
What are your plans for the rest of this year?
Writing, writing, writing! And playing some shows around Nashville and hopefully a small tour in Colorado in the fall. But my main focus is just writing lots of songs and working on the next record. The thing about releasing music is that it takes a long time so by the time I finally got that EP out I’m already halfway done with writing the next record, which will take another good while to come out. It’s an endless cycle and I love it.
Where can people keep up to date with your music and career?
My website is a good tool! But my social media is the best spot to keep updated. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter all those good things (@emeryadeline). I’m also working on setting up an email list and just trying to find as many ways to connect with people as I can! Instagram is my favorite way to connect with people so follow me there!
Interview conducted by Liam Lewis