Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a Canadian girl born and raised in the small town of Langley BC, which is a small town just outside of Vancouver.
I’ve read that you started singing in your mother’s kitchen before you could even talk. What do you remember about your musical childhood and at one point did you know that you wanted to have a career in music?
Haha yes, I was the kid who was always singing, always talking, always dancing and always knew what I wanted out of life! Funny enough I remember having a conversation with my mom at about 6 years old about what I wanted to be when I grew up, which obviously for me was a country singer, she laughed and said “that’s an amazing dream Em, but if that doesn’t work out what else would you like to do?” And I replied with “mom can you stop saying that to me please, it really hurts my feelings, I’m going to be a country singer!” Right from the beginning, I knew that this was the path I wanted to take in life, and I’ve never stopped pushing towards that goal, life has taken a few unexpected turns and they have all be amazing stepping stones and lessons that I now get to put into my music!
How would you describe your musical style?
Hm… I would say that my style leans a little more towards true country twang with a little bit of new country and just a touch of an edge when needed! I like to think that’s who I am and what I try to portray and put into my music. My favourite thing about music is that a song tells a story and I’m all about that, being able to have people relate to my music, be able to deal with something in their life that they might not be able to find the words for is a huge part, and why I love what I get to do!
What did it mean to you to win BCCMA Female Vocalist of the Year and the CCMA Discovery Showcase?
It meant everything! That feeling that went over me was unexplainable, just instant tears, knowing that I had been recognized by my peers for something that I’d been working so hard on for years was an incredibly humbling feeling and moment for me!
You recently released a new single called, “Leave The Light On”. What can you tell us about this song?
This song has a soft spot in my heart, the moment Beth and I wrote it I knew it was special! This song represents that pure authentic love that everyone searches for, finding that soul connection that both people are feeling that is completely unexplainable, but you just know! It’s such a magical feeling of knowing you’ve fallen in love with every inch of someone! No one is perfect but falling in love with someone’s imperfections as well as there amazing qualities is what makes love so amazing, raw and what people search for!
Can audiences expect an EP or full-length album in the near future?
Currently in the process of creating one now, but no release date as of now! But hoping for later this year :)!
How difficult is it to juggle being a mom with your music career?
It definitely has its days but I wouldn’t change it for anything, I honestly have the best of both worlds! I get to show my daughter every day that you can do whatever you set your mind to no matter how big the dream is. If you work hard and believe in yourself anything is possible! She has watched me now for years doing this, from rehearsing, songwriting, and so much more, that now she’s now starting to do it as well. There are times where she takes an iPad goes to sit in her room and starts using voice memo to write her very own songs and record her ideas. Not only that, I just love the fact I have my very own little sidekick, it’s the best feeling being able to bring her to my shows, looking out into the crowd and seeing her front center just watching me up there, it’s an incredible feeling that brings tears to my eyes!
Do you have any tour dates coming up? What’s the experience like at one of your live shows?
I have a few shows lined up here at Vancouver’s own Cloverdale Rodeo, and in the process of gathering more! I would say my live shows is interactive, fun, and definitely an experience!
Which music artists have influenced you over the years?
I would say the main one would definitely be the Dixie Chicks, all of their albums, from “Fly, Home”, to “Taking The Long Way”. They were probably the biggest inspiration in my music! Added in with some Rascal Flatts, Sara Evans, Lee Ann Womack, Jo Dee Messina, Sheryl Crow, and now my playlist go to’s are, Kacey Musgraves, Cam, Miranda Lambert, Aaron Goodvin, Maren Morris and more!
What advice would you have for aspiring singers/songwriters?
Keep singing, keep writing, NEVER stop learning, and always be YOU!!! I still learn new things every day about myself, my music, and I’m always changing to better myself! Knowing that everything happens for a reason but also learning and growing from those things are what makes us human! We’re all so different and special in our own ways that nothing you do creatively is really wrong, it’s just different and that’s an amazing thing that should be celebrated!
Do you have any fun stories from the road or the studio?
One thing that will always be a part of me is when I got to work with Jamie O’Neil. I lived with her and her family for 3 weeks, learning, and writing some incredible music! It was seriously amazing! I got to tag along and watch her perform at a few events, one being a fundraiser with Big & Rich while they were in their peak, they are so talented and such kind people! Also recently I got the privilege to sing the Canadian and American anthem at the NHL game, LA Kings Vs Vancouver Canucks! That will be an experience I’ll never forget!
What’s your life like outside of the studio?
Hm… what is my life like, from being a full-time mom, being a hairdresser/makeup artist from home to songwriting and rehearsing! My world is a giant balancing act, and I wouldn’t change it for anything! I’m all about changing perspectives and helping others feel beautiful on the outside, but also on the inside! Why can’t we do it all?!
Let the readers know where to find you online.
Emily Taylor Adams Music on Spotify, iTunes!