Never one to shy away from risk taking, Electric Emma is a self-proclaimed firecracker.Nothing short of a powerhouse, she sings, plays a Tele, writes her own songs, and produces in a genre that blends the fluidity of soul and blues with the hard hitting elements of rock and funk.
This old soul describes her music as "groovy, but meaningful" as well as "shocking, but in a powerful, heartfelt fashion". In her 10 years as an artist, Emma has performed at venues such as Schuba’s Tavern in Chicago, The Steel Bridge Songfest in Door County, Wisconsin, and local Nashville venues such as the VIP Club at Ascend Amphitheatre and Mercy Lounge.
Please share a story that includes a happy memory as an artist and has made a huge impact on your artistry.
Filming the music video for one of my newer songs “Shaggy Head” was a total blast. I’m an old soul, and it really felt straight out of the 50s. 50s diner, poodle skirts, fun, swinging dance moves, and half of them were adorable little girls I used to teach hip hop dance to. It had a huge impact on me because it really made me feel like more than a musical performer. Music is my strongest gift, but that was a day I truly felt like an artist. I helped to create everything about that day. The set, the costumes, the choreography, the script, and of course the music. It was a cool moment!
How do you choose to lead a Happy Healthy life as an artist?
I have been learning to choose joy over power. A lot of us (especially those of us in entertainment) think that what will make us happy is power and prestige, when really our hearts are really after joy. That’s been a huge realization for me. As far as health, I exercise almost every day, I rarely get less than 6.5 hours of sleep, I don’t do drugs, drink extremely moderately, and while I do like coffee, I don’t depend on it to get through my day.
Who did you learn from to instill those values?
God! I am a huge believer and credit all the wisdom, self-control and gifts I have to Him . My dad has also been a huge inspiration to me. He does an amazing job balancing a difficult job as a lawyer with making sure to have enough time to spend with family. He’s a man of faith as well. While he’s extremely good at what he does, he never made an idol out of it.
Was it hard work to make sure that you focused on your well-being and not only your art?
Totally! I’ve been doing music seriously for about 13 years and for the first 6-7 years, I’ll be honest, I was obsessive. I was able to build up guitar and vocal chops pretty quickly because of that, but it did come with a price. I only kept one good friend from high school. I was so career-focused that I wasn’t able to sustain many friendships. Sometimes though, we have to go to one extreme in order to find a healthy middle. It took some time, but now I’m at a place where I know that my music career is a huge part of my life but it’s not everything.
Was there a turning point of how you decided to put yourself first?
I’m pretty self-aware so I don’t know if there was a specific moment, but there have been a few occasions where I was told I was offered opportunities that could have increased my exposure, but came at a price. For instance, in 2021, I was told by a label that they wanted to sign me, but essentially wanted to own me for at least 10 years. In my gut, I knew it wasn’t worth it. That was a moment where I had to remind myself and further ingrain in my psyche that no one can represent my art better than I can, and that if I wasn’t the one controlling my art, I wouldn’t be happy, and that joy needed to be at the forefront of my decisions.
How do you like to promote a healthy lifestyle?
I can’t believe I forgot to mention this. I LOVE to dance. I go out dancing at least once a week unless I’m really busy. Basically I share my dancing with others as much as I can, whether it’s posting on social media, dancing with friends and strangers when I’m out, or even teaching and assisting dance classes when I get asked. Additionally, I would say I lead by example. I have friends from all different walks of life and I respect people’s choices, but quietly being the only sober one in the room often speaks VOLUMES. Or being the DD. Or leaving an event because I’m exhausted. Or pausing all work when a family emergency comes up. Actions speak louder than words! In what ways are you connecting with fans to check in on each other? I’ll be honest and say I’m not on all of the social media. No twitter for me! But I would say my favorites for sharing content and connecting with fans is Youtube and instagram. The best way I can serve my fans is by taking their feedback seriously. So, on YouTube, for instance, I do a lot of reaction videos. So far I have posted under 10 reaction videos but three of them were requests from fans. So basically, just getting creative and producing content based on feedback from my audience seems to be a great way of connecting with them. Who checks in on YOU when you need it most? I have a great group of women in my bible study. They are excellent listeners and the leader in particular is really great at being there for me when I’m in need and knowing when to give advice and when to sit back and listen. Changing habits can be hard. Which was the habit that you had to change and how it's changed your life now?
I used to rely far too much on myself. I had a major come to Jesus moment in college where I saw my friend on the verge of death and did everything humanly possible to help the situation. Once I accepted that there is so much in this world I do NOT have control over and can NOT change, it wasn’t debilitating. It was freeing. My life has changed for the better because I now know I am not alone in my struggles or my journey. Even when I fail, the Lord’s strength is made great in my weakness. I never truly fail. It’s beyond liberating. Is there a song, book, movie, show, or anything that always gives you the motivation you need? Most Gospel songs can take me from zero to one hundred! Le’Andria Johnson in particular has a rawness to her that inspires me to be proud of being rough on the edges and souled out for God. What is the mantra of 2022?! Seek Joy, not Power. Give all the inside scoop on your latest project! My next single comes out May 27th and it’s called “Treasure”. It’s all about taking responsibility and protecting the innocent and the vulnerable. This generation of kids has a whole new set of problems thanks to things like social media and it’s time we take them in our arms and remind them that they are loved, valued, and treasured. This song was produced by my friend all the way in Zambia, Mapalo, a.k.a. Mapskeys, and those who have gotten a sneak peek say the song reminds them of “We are the World”, “Man in the Mirror” or “something straight outta Disney.” Socials: