When you were 16, schoolwork and hanging out with friends were probably your top priorities. Emmrose is similar…but she’s also building a music career.
As a junior in high school, life already has a lot of stresses for the NYC-based alt/dark pop singer-songwriter. But she doesn’t let that get in the way of her music, having recently released a new single, ‘Take Me Home,’ and EP, Hopeless Romantics, in March.
Get to know Emmrose, her inspirations, what it’s like balancing school and music, and more in this interview!
How long have you been making your own music?
I’ve been writing since I was thirteen, in middle school! So it’s been a few years. Though I’ve loved music forever, I really got into writing it at that time.
What (or who) inspired you to just do it?
I just sort of started. Nothing inspired me except myself.
You’re only 16 and have just released your debut EP, Hopeless Romantics. That’s such an incredible accomplishment! How does that feel?
It feels unreal! I never would have imagined this to happen. It’s all so exciting!
How do you balance life as a singer-songwriter in NYC and life as a teenager/high school student?
It’s pretty hard. I’m in my Junior year of high school, which is pretty stressful. Whenever I have time, I always write more. School can’t stop my music!
Your latest single, “Take Me With You” holds a lot of vulnerability. What’s the inspiration behind it?
I wrote it last summer when someone very special to me was going away for a few weeks. It put some strain on our relationship, and all I wanted to do was be with him.
What can we expect from the other tracks of your debut EP?
Expect them to be a little dark! I wrote a lot about trying to let go of someone I strongly cared about. It was a truly hopeless relationship, I’m very glad it’s over!
Recently, you were scheduled to perform a benefit show at New York City’s The Bitter End in partnership with The Imogen Foundation. How did this partnership come about?
Sadly this performance was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. I am hopeful that it will happen soon! For my song, “Don’t Go”, I wanted to work with a foundation that supported teens struggling with depression and anxiety. I am so lucky to be working with the Imogen Foundation! It is an amazing cause, and I really look forward to working with them more in the future.
It’s only March and 2020 is already looking very bright for you and your career. Got anything else in store for us this year?
I’m always writing! New songs are on the way that I am very excited about. Fun performances too! I am so excited to see what else this year brings.