Linda Bilyeu likes to make artists shine! Hence, her interview series was born.
Introducing Emma Jane
Country musicians are a gift that keep on giving. Country songs consist of lyrics, music and vocals, all wrapped up and presented to the fans to treasure.
No matter where your journey of life may take you, chances are there is a country music song that you could relate to. Whether these songs make you happy, sad or yell yeehaw, you will always remember the lyrics that helped carry you along.
Join me as I introduce you to another amazing artist who is as passionate about singing country music as the fans are about enjoying the ride. And what a ride I'm about to take y'all on as I introduce you to a fantastic musician from the United Kingdom!
Emma Jane was born in Glasgow, Scotland.
"While I'll always consider Glasgow home at the moment I move between London and Glasgow and have a house in both cities."
Let's go, y'all, and meet Emma Jane.
What is your favorite food? Drink? Dessert?
I love food, Italian and Indian are my favourites, I could always eat a curry or pasta.
For dessert it would have to be something chocolatey.
My favourite soft drink would have to be my native Irn-Bru however I am quite partial to a Jack Daniels Honey.
Do you have a family history of musicians?
My mum's side of the family are very musical. They played everything from the mountain dulcimer to the spoons.
My Granny Green used to sing in the clubs. I never got to hear her properly as she died when I was only a toddler; however, years later I came across a cassette which had the recording of a family party.
When I listened to the tape I was transported back to a house party in my great aunt Nellie's house in 1959. There was laughter, chatter and the most impressive natural harmonies I have ever heard. Then around 20 minutes into the recording I heard them call to Isa (my granny green) to sing a song and with some encouragement, she sang. All of this inspired me so much and led me to writing my song 'Simple Days' and set the tone for the album Pennilee Songs.
Do you have any rituals prior to performing?
I don't really have one, I still get very nervous so keeping calm is the only thing I try to do.
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Who is a musician that has inspired you?
This is a difficult one as I am inspired by so many genres and artists. The artist I most admire is Dolly Parton for many reasons. Her voice, her writing, her strong mind and personality and because she makes a real difference to people's lives through her imagination library.
The first time I saw her live in 2007 her show sold out and I was so devastated. Later that day, my dad said he had managed to get me tickets because she added an extra show. In the afternoon Dolly played to a sold-out auditorium and then played another show in the evening to another sold-out crowd! What a truly amazing woman!
What inspired your love of music?
I'm not sure where it came from, my mum and dad aren't particularly musical although there was always a very eclectic music selection being played in our home growing up. I think everyone naturally loves music.
Would you like a record deal or would you rather remain independent?
I would like the freedom of being independent however so much more opportunity is open to you if you're signed to a label. Being independent is very hard to fund unfortunately which can mean tours, albums, merchandise and radio promo are harder to get.
How long have you been in the music industry?
I started performing in clubs in 2005 so I've been doing it for quite a while now, although I'm not sure I can class myself as 'music industry' being an independent artist.
(Sure you can! Indies are just as important to the music industry as signed artists are.)
Have you had vocal training?
I've never had any vocal training and I'm convinced I'd be told my technique is all wrong, lol.
Do you play any instruments?
The first instrument I learned was the trumpet which I still love but don't play as much anymore.
My main instrument is guitar and I sometimes bring out the harmonica too. I'd love to learn the piano though.
Do you write your own songs?
Yeah. I wrote my first song at age 9 and kept on since then. I love writing and do it all the time.
Have you written for other musicians?
Not yet but would love to do that more songwriting is my main passion. I am co-writing at the moment with a few people which is great you learn so much from other musicians.
Have you ever met any famous musicians?
I've met Paolo Nutini but that was before he was famous—does that count?
Who is your muse?
Life...I'm inspired by everything I see and hear. A lot of my songs are about love so my husband is a big inspiration to my music and now that I am a mum my daughter Eva fills me with inspiration every day, it's made me look at things and life very differently.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I'm more of a here-and-now kind of person. I live life day by day but hopefully in five years music will still be a big part of my life and I would love to be writing songs for established acts as a professional songwriter.
Who are some of your favorite musicians?
Dolly Parton, Amos Lee, Dixie Chicks, John Mayer and I'm listening to a lot of Elle King at the moment.
Which artist would you like to collaborate with?
I'd love to work with Elle King I think she is absolutely awesome and we have a similar style.
Which Nashville venue is your favorite for performing?
I love playing in Nashville and the BlueBird cafe was awesome. I loved playing Soulshine too that was a really fun night.
(If I lived in Nashville, I would be at Soulshine every day! A fabulous venue with eclectic musicians.)
Which musical act would you like to open for?
I would love to open for Amos Lee as he's one of my favourite artists.
What is your most memorable career moment so far?
Winning unsigned album of the year for Pennilee Songs. That album means a lot to me for a lot of reasons and to have it recognised by industry was amazing.
What are your thoughts on the evolution of country music?
I think it has evolved and I think there is definitely a place for it. I do like 'old country', you know the songs with a real story.
Will you paint a picture about a song you are working on?
Becoming a mum and watching my Gran getting older and now suffering with Alzheimer's and dementia I think a lot about life and the journey we make and how we kind of go full circle with how we start and how we end. A lot of my writing at the moment steers towards that.
I have two songs that I'm just finishing off that talks about that - one is called 'Right Side For The Blues' which you can hear a very rough first demo of on my YouTube page and the other doesn't have a title or a chorus but they are both quite different. Right Side is quite stripped back and harmony based whereas the other one is upbeat and quite fun.
Which self-penned song is most special to you?
I've just written a song for my daughter called 'Head Over Heels' which I just finished in the studio so at the moment that song means the most to me because it's for Eva. But this question always has a different answer as different songs mean different things at different times.
If you could perform a "one night only" concert anywhere, where would it be?
I would play it in Glasgow in a theatre called the King Theatre. I don't have any real explanation for this but I've always wanted to play a show there.
What is your favorite concert that you've attended?
When I was 16, me and two friends went to a free concert in the streets of Glasgow for a Scottish band called Travis—we had such an amazing time—I've been to see other bands and artists who admittedly I like more than I liked Travis, but the atmosphere at that gig was incredible we had an amazing time and I just remember it very fondly.
What are your favorite toppings on nachos?
Chili and cheese.
© 2016 Linda Bilyeu
manatita44 from london on March 09, 2017:
She is obviously very richly musically. Again, I liked the favourite quote. Her playing is vibrant, energetic, rhythmical ... cool!
Nithya Venkat from Dubai on December 22, 2016:
Thank you for introducing me to another amazing singer. I love Dolly Parton; her voice is simply amazing.
teaches12345 on December 19, 2016:
Her voice is unique and holds well on her songs posted here. The blues tune was quite different but good sound. Thanks for the introduction.
Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on December 13, 2016:
What an interesting lady! I love her voice. You're really reaching across the globe to spotlight talent, Linda. Way to go!
Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on December 09, 2016:
Hey Y'all, Thank you for stopping by to meet Emma Jane. Also I appreciate fans of Emma's sharing their thoughts on her awesome music.
Maureen chalmers on December 05, 2016:
My husband and I have heard Emma Jane on several occasions before she moved to London. We love her voice and is a lovely person .
FlourishAnyway from USA on December 04, 2016:
With a name like Emma Jane how can she be anything but awesome? Great interview.
mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on December 04, 2016:
My goodness, who many "Nashville" singers are there? You are having so much fun with this series.
ken Meakin from uk on December 04, 2016:
Thank You for The Interview with Emma Jane
Shyron E Shenko from Texas on December 04, 2016:
Linda, thank you for spotlighting another fantastic artist, you must know that I am a country music fan from way back.
Wishing Emma the best and looking forward to more artist.
Blessings and hugs
Chloe on December 04, 2016:
Very good and good singer!
Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on December 04, 2016:
What a sweet story of inspiration from Granny Green - Emma certainly has music in her blood.
I'm also looking forward to the UK line-up, dear Sunshine.
Nell Rose from England on December 04, 2016:
Sounds great Linda! :)
Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on December 04, 2016:
Hey Nell! I thought of you while I interviewed Emma. I have quite a few more country musicians from the U.K. lined up for your entertainment.
Nell Rose from England on December 04, 2016:
I really enjoyed this one! she comes from my neck of the woods, well sort of! lol! great to see it too, and the music was awesome!