Emily performs in and around the greater Houston, TX area and travels to perform for festivals and music conferences. While her produced/released music is alternative pop, Emily sets up acoustic for her live shows; she performs as a solo artist, a duo, and with her full band, accompanying herself with guitar, ukulele, and keyboard. Emily recently attended the Josie Music Awards where she was awarded the JMA for 2019’s "Pop/Contemporary Vocalist of The Year."
Also being acknowledged as a Songwriter and as an Emerging Artist, Emily Cole performed at the Muscle Shoals Songwriters Festival in Alabama on October 26, 2019. In November, Emily performed 3 Showcases for the Mesa Music Festival, Arizona’s premier emerging artist festival.
Emily’s single, Karma, was released on 11/11/19, with her first professional video soon following. When Emily is not performing, she stays busy writing and recording.
Websites or Social Media Pages:
instagram and tiktok: @emilycoleofficial
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
I'd describe my music as alternative pop! It's not exactly like the bubblegum pop you hear most of the time on the radio, but it still has those influences in it.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
My real last name is Little, but I've never really connected with it a whole lot because I've always been super tall! When I was born, my mom wanted my middle name to be Nicole, just in case I wanted to go by Cole or something "short and cool" once I got older. When I started working with different producers, they would ask what my artist name was, and I'd say my name was Emily Little. Eventually, one of them said I didn't have to go by my actual last name, because a lot of artists don't! This being said, I decided to go by Emily Cole, and the rest is history.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
When I was younger, I would always listen to the old Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, and a lot of country artists. As I got older, I discovered Hannah Montana, and have loved pop music ever since. Now, my music is heavily influenced by Billie Eilish, Melanie Martinez, Bea Miller, Halsey, Ariana Grande, and Selena Gomez!
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
I'm currently in the studio working on lots of new music! I have a new single coming out soon, which will be announced on my social medias as soon as we get everything finalized! I can't wait for everyone to hear it. Yes, some collaborations are in the works, but it's behind the scenes right now. It's going to be a surprise, so keep up with my social media to find out what it is. It's going to be fun!
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
To relate and connect with people through my music.
While my produced/released music is alt pop, I set up acoustic for my live shows. I've mostly been performing local venues and some festivals. While I love performing in and around my hometown, I'd also love to perform more for festivals that will allow me to be in front of larger crowds, hopefully helping to get my music in front of more people who will listen to it and hopefully relate.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
Karma! I love when I see people singing along and relating to it, it's the best feeling in the world.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
I'd say probably figuring out what the next step should be. I'm an independent artist, and I sometimes have lots of input from others. I listen to all of it and try to figure out what's best for me. Also, people will contact me and offer services to try and help get my music out in front of people or even offer to manage me, or boutique labels will reach out. The thing is, there are so many scams happening, so it's hard to really know who to trust. But, I do believe there are trust worthy people who can help, whether it's to offer advice or say "here's what worked for me," or even to make connections. It's all a learning process.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
Usually I just sit either at my desk or in bed, have my guitar or ukulele in hand, have google documents up and come up with lyrics and a melody at the same time. It all depends on how I feel like working. Sometimes I co-write with others. For co-writes, we meet in a convenient location, usually at a songwriters' venue or a studio. One new thing for me is that I just co-wrote with a friend by exchanging ideas through facebook messenger, so that was convenient for a co-write (but we're already good friends, so this happened to work for us).
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
It's been amazing! I've been able to meet so many cool people online, and I have had so many opportunities that I will never forget. I recently did a week long tour, and I still stay in touch, through social media, with people I met while on the tour.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
Let Me Get Me by Selena Gomez, Say So by Doja Cat (I blame TikTok), and On Somebody by Ava Max.
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
I started seriously with music once I took my first songwriting camp when I was 12. Right before that, in 6th grade, I was on the drill team. And, before that, all through elementary school, I played all the sports offered by the YMCA (except for football; I didn't try football ?). My favorite was Volleyball, and I even thought about going to college for it. That was before I found my love for songwriting and realized there was such a thing as having a music career. As a songwriter, it's great to also be able to sing (shoutout to my vocal coach, Theresa Yow), so I'm able to be a singer/songwriter.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
Just go for it! You never know what may happen unless you try!
How Do You Feel About Originality?
I love it! Why try to be someone else when you can just be yourself? If you're not being genuine, people can see through that, so just be yourself. Not everyone will accept you, but the ones who truly mean the most will accept you. Those are the people you want by your side.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
Yes! I recently released my first music video! It's for my single, Karma, and it can be found on my YouTube. Check it out. If you like it, please give it a thumbs up and Subscribe to my channel. Of course, feel free to share it with your friends.
I have some really fun shows coming up soon. Besides my usual shows, I'll be traveling to Austin, TX for music week during SXSW. It's such an amazing week full of music, and I'm so excited to be performing. If you're a music lover, this is the place to be.
As I mentioned above, fun collaborations in the works. Stay tuned!
I'm an advocate for a handful of organizations helping those less fortunate. I visit Texas Children's Hospital often to talk with and sing for the children and their families, and I perform for events/benefits that help raise money for cancer patients. One such event is the Texas Children's Tune Out Cancer Music Festival taking place in Katy, Texas from February 21-23, 2020. It's a huge 3 day music festival, and all proceeds are going to Texas Children's Hospital. It's family friendly and everyone is invited to attend. There will be over 50 bands offering all genres of music, kids zones, comedians, food, silent auctions, and more. The best way to find more information is to search Facebook for Texas Children's Tune Out Cancer Music Festival. The ticket link will be up on Eventbrite by Thursday, 1/23. If you can't be there but would like to donate, you can purchase a ticket. Tune Out Cancer Music Fest is a 501 C 3 non-profit organization. All proceeds benefit the Texas Children's Hospital Cancer Center.