Bursting onto the scene in 2017 at just 13 years old, EmiSunshine returned this year with a new album, Family Wars, and an extended lineup: adding The Rain (her band). We asked Emi what her 2019 was like.
What’s been the most exciting thing you’ve done in 2019?
Recording my new album, Family Wars with legendary producer Tony Brown. It really was a learning experience, just seeing how he approaches a song and finding the sound he wants.
What’s been your biggest challenge of 2019?
Not getting discouraged! When you think climbing this ladder to where you want to be, and find you are hitting a high, then it’s two steps down and a half-step up, it can be a little hard to keep going. But it’s a blast when you keep pushing through all the muck and mire and you get to a place where your music is appreciated and people are singing your songs back to you.
Where’s the coolest place you’ve played music in 2019?
As far as playing a concert, I’d have to say the Floral City Strawberry Festival in Florida! It’s beautiful there, and so much fun. But my biggest thrill of all was getting to perform at The ASCAP Foundation Honors at Lincoln Center in New York. It was a big awards ceremony for musical artists. I was honored to receive The ASCAP Foundation Desmond Child Anthem Award. Desmond Child is on the ASCAP Board of Directors and he’s a major record producer and composer, who has worked with a lot of major artists. He created this award to recognize young artists. I still can’t believe I was chosen!
What’s the one album you’ve loved most in 2019?
Chris Knight’s Almost Daylight. I’ve always loved Chris Knight, but I think this album shows how far he has come as an artist. One of my favorites is 'Mexican Home' which he did with John Prine. I love Chris’ voice, too. As he gets older, his voice has a more mature sound.
What’s been the song that’s most soundtracked your 2019?
The Grateful Dead’s 'Ripple'. I think it’s truly poetic and beautiful. It has just kept me extremely happy and focused on what I was doing. I travel so much, and my family and I will all sit up front in the bus and listen to that song, while we’re on the road. It reminds me of my direction and what I want to be doing in life.
What have you hated about 2019?
Political debating. We are so divided over who’s right and who’s wrong, and so often people blame others for their problems. One of my new songs, that I wrote with Autumn McEntire, 'Same Boat', touches on this. One of the lines is “the waves crashing down on you are crashing on me too, we’re all in the same boat.” I wish people could just get along and realize that we have more in common than we realize.
What are you most excited about for in 2020?
A new album, awesome co-writes and more touring!
Finally, what’s the one thing about your 2019 that you’d like to share?
I have taken more control over things in my career. Instead of letting things just come to me, I’m going after what I want.
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