There are not a lot of artist who want to find the common ground between rock, soul/R&B, Hip-Hop and black and white. Emily King has made a commitment in doing so with her ground breaking debut album “East Side Story”. The two songs that show her passion for her commitment is the first single off the album “Walk In My Shoes” which has become an anthem for those struggling and “Colorblind” which addresses Emily’s experiences as a child of a bi-racial marriage. Not only has the album “East Side Story” showcased the common ground between the different genres of music and race; it has mastered it by creating a unique blended sound that is sure to make Emily King a singing legend.
SayWhatNews: Tell us who is Emily King?
Emily: I’m a young woman from NYC who loves to sing and affect people through music.
SayWhatNews: Emily you have such an amazing voice. When did you first realize that you had the gift of song?
Emily: Thank you; I've been singing since I was a kid and I've always enjoyed it.
SayWhatNews: What age did you start playing the acoustic guitar?
Emily: When I was a teenager, about 16.
SayWhatNews: Did you always want to be a singer or did you have another career in mind?
Emily: I've always known that music was my passion, but there were other things I wanted to do as well. When I was younger I wanted to be a Doctor.
SayWhatNews: What artist did you grow up listening to?
Emily: I grew up listening to my parents sing. They did mostly Jazz, but I was also surrounded by a lot of R&B and Hip-Hop. From Mary J Blige and Biggie Smalls to Miles Davis and Ellington.
SayWhatNews: What's your pop culture guilty pleasure?
Emily: Those silly celebrity magazines that you buy online and at the grocery store! So bad.
SayWhatNews: Do you have a particular regiment to maintain your voice?
Emily: Sing all the time, drink lots of water and breathe deeply.
SayWhatNews: How were you discovered?
Emily: I was introduced to my producer Chucky Thompson through Bill Brown at Sony Publishing. We hit it off and I began working with Chucky. Eventually he took me to different labels and I sang and played the guitar for many people. One of who was the Legendary Clive Davis.
SayWhatNews: Tell us about the very moment when you were signed to J. Records.
Emily: I signed the deal in a little office in the east village in NYC. I was thrilled!
SayWhatNews: What was it like working with the talented producer Chuck Thompson of Bad Boy Entertainment?
Emily: Very educational. Very comfortable, he is a very kind and talented person. We had a lot of fun and it was great to watch him pick up any instrument in the room and make a beautiful sound.
SayWhatNews: Hearing your song on the radio for the first time must have been so surreal. Can you tell us about that very moment when you realized it was your song playing on the radio?
Emily: I had heard through friends that my song was out on the radio but I hadn't yet heard it myself. When I finally did, it was really late at night, and I remember having the biggest smile on my face. I might even have jumped up and down a couple times.
SayWhatNews: Tell us why did you write the song "Colorblind"?
Emily: I wrote Colorblind because I wanted to speak about love and unity in our world. My experiences growing up were ones that taught me that "we are all one people". I felt a need to sing about it.
SayWhatNews: My favorite song is "Walk in My Shoes". When I first heard it I immediately became a fan and could not wait for your album to drop. What inspired you to write that song?
Emily: Thank you! Chucky Thompson came to the studio one day with this beat. Everyone in the room felt it right away. It was one of those don't think too hard just feel it scenarios, and what came out was this anthem that just spoke of getting through the tough times in life.
SayWhatNews: Is there a concert tour in the future?
Emily: Yes there is one in the works right now.
SayWhatNews: What artist would you love to collaborate with?
Emily: There are so many. Too many to name!
SayWhatNews: Emily, what do you like to do in your spare time for fun?
Emily: I love to cook and read. Hang out with friends and family.
SayWhatNews: What was the last movie you went to see at the theater?
Emily: I think it must have been El Catante. The movie about the life of singer Hector Lavoe
SayWhatNews: Would you ever consider acting?
Emily: Yes. I probably would.
SayWhatNews: What's in the future for Emily King?
Emily: A lot of fun!
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