Singer Songwriter Em Talks Inspirations, Spirituality, and New Single “Back into Your Heart”
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Singer Songwriter Em Talks Inspirations, Spirituality, and New Single “Back into Your Heart”

New Jersey based artist Em is a gifted singer-songwriter who is quickly making a name for herself in the industry. With a bright and captivating style, Em has embarked on a musical journey fueled by her childhood inspirations and unwavering passion for the art form. Em’s sound is a perfect fusion of iconic retro pop influences, poetic soul, and a captivating sensual flair. Her latest single, “Back into Your Heart,” takes listeners on a transcendent sonic experience that resonates on a spiritual level. Idols 2 Rivals was excited for the opportunity to speak with the talented young artist about her inspirations, new single, and so much more. Check out our official interview, transcribed below!

Idols 2 Rivals (I2R): EM, how did you get involved with making music?

Em: It was something that was always in me since a child, but I think at the age of 12, something clicked and I asked my mom for voice lessons. From there, I had my first producer from 12-17 and I learned to develop the craft of singing, songwriting and being a performer. I didn’t start writing until age 16.

I2R: Who inspired you to make music?

Em: Too many! It depends on what year as well. Growing up, I loved Billy Joel, Pink, Alanis Morrissette, the Eagles, and it moved to Stevie Wonder, Jefferson Starship, Eminem, theater productions like Rent or Disney Musicals, Bob Marley, Michael Jackson…it really goes on. Anyone with a song in their heart that went through and through you.

I2R: You seem very spiritual, how does being a creator help your journey?

Em: Yes. I cannot take credit for my gifts or what I have been brought through. The peace and wisdom I have now because of the Divine and the angels guiding me. I really consider myself a vessel. The words that come out sometimes even surprise me as I try to grasp something my soul was feeling deep down, or a universal truth that needed to be let out, all with the intention of healing. Music is medicine.

I2R: Who would you most like to collaborate with?

Em: That’s a tough one, alive or dead is another question. Assuming it’s alive, Kendrick Lamar, Carly Simon, Bebe Rexha, Ariana Grande. Dead would be Michael Jackson (because no explanation), Bob Marley, and Grace Slick. Just a tough one because I like them all in their element so much.

I2R: If you could open a show for any artist who would it be?

Em: Another tough one. I love Lana Del Rey because of her own style and the capture of the vintage woman with visuals and connect to that. Pink because of her messages for strength and resilience. There’s just so many. It’s hard to choose one. Smokey Robinson, classic soul artist and I connect with the songwriting.

I2R: What is the one message you would give to your fans?

Em: Please do not ever give up on yourself. There were many times I questioned my path only to learn and understand that was a lesson needed at that time and that I did come here for a purpose. We all did. The Divine always provides and to have faith and constantly put in the work. Little steps everyday and you’ll be amazed how it all comes together. That’s the fun of living here on Earth. It’d be pretty boring if we knew exactly how everything was going to start and finish.

I2R: What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?

Em: Are you trying to give me PTSD? There was a time, again, like earlier questioning my path and trying to work a ‘normal’ job. The truth is we all come here for a purpose and this is mine. I am a writer, a singer, an entertainer, and an actress. I would probably break into acting or do writing, the arts never leaves this spirit!

I2R: Where have you performed? What are your favorite and least favorite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?

Em: I have performed at World Cafe in Philly, songwriting conventions, music conferences and booking shows as to date. With COVID and building my style to a point where I felt confident in showcasing, we are planning some shows for the summer. Honestly, I’m in such a great place with the music, I’m happy to get out now and show it to the world and bring in the experience and passion and love I have to share. My favorite will probably be those intimate settings where you feel you can really have them hear the story and get the messages they need. I’ve done some in New York like that and I found it most touching. They would come up and recite the lyrics and that’s super meaningful for me.

I2R: What’s the meaning of your track “Back Into Your Heart”

Em: The meaning behind this song was to show the renewal of the heart after heartbreak. You go through a discouraging period of mistrusting, feeling betrayed, hurt, you’re asking G-d, why? What is the point? Why put myself through this if this is how I’m going to be treated? and G-d answers by restoring your faith and your heart. Whether it’s in the beginning of noticing the flowers blooming, your first laugh after many weeks or months of crying, a new love coming into your life after grieving or doing something you love, like the writing of this song, ironically, it brought love and joy of music back into my heart. We have to experience love in all its forms but that’s how you learn, grow and decipher what you want in your life and do not want. Then you make way by the newness in you, for the newness of your other relationships to come. Better and more loving to what you need.

I2R: What is your creative process like?

Em: It depends, sometimes a concept comes through, sometimes a melody and lyrics, sometimes just a melody and I write to it. With this one in particular, it’s odd I remember going to wash the dishes, usually something meditative like that will bring it about and the song came through. I already knew I wanted to write a song about renewing the heart chakra but I guess my love for Michael Jackson and Queen came in with the angels giving me this message. If giving your heart up was easy, anyone would do it. I don’t see them loving the way they should and then, you’d be amazed at the way love comes back into your heart and it took off from there.

I2R: What is your favorite song to perform?

Em: My favorite song might be this one or my next one called Love Currency. They’re both super fun for different reasons, but the message is so strong and feel like it’s a testimony to my life story.

I2R: Which famous musicians do you admire?

Em: I think I said it a few times by now but I love Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, Smokey Robinson, Anderson Paak, Paul Simon, Bebe Rexha, Ariana Grande, Kendrick Lamar, Drake. There’s just so many!

I2R: What is the best advice you’ve been given?

Em: G-d will never give you more than you can handle.

I2R: What are 5 things you couldn’t live without Em?

Em: Oh no, this is where it gets real! I wish I could say not my phone but here it goes…G-d’s love (has to be first), phone, laptop, coffee ice cream, and Sex and the City!

I2R: What’s next for you?

Em: Right now, it’s putting the music out and sharing it. It’s been in me for so long. We’re finishing up the album and then hitting some venues this summer. I’m just so excited to share this, it’s like putting your soul out on display and to finally give the music how I always dreamed so basking in that and giving it out with love.