Our #womancrushwednesday this week is singer/songwriter Emma-Lee!
Canadian songwriter Emma-Lee
announced today the release of her soulful pop single “Worst Enemy
”, available at radio and digital retailers on January 29th
Agent Records. With a driving, old-school backbeat, sparkling strings, dreamy synths and infectious hooks joining together to support Emma-Lee’s powerhouse vocals, “Worst Enemy” is an anthem for anyone who’s ever looked squarely in the mirror and finally admitted that the greatest obstacle to reaching their dreams was staring right back at them.
The introspective single serves to deliver a universal message – be yourself and make no apologies. “Our parents, teachers and friends all encourage us to be ourselves, but as you get older, sometimes only traces of that encouragement survive,” says Emma-Lee. “Reality sets in, and you tell yourself it’s time to get a real job and get serious. In writing this song I wanted to ask the question ‘What would you do if you could meet your old self again?’”
Produced by Karen Kosowski, with whom the singer had previously worked on her 2012 critically acclaimed release “Backseat Heroine”, and co-written by highly praised Canadian artist Royal Wood, “Worst Enemy” is a departure from Emma-Lee’s past musical fashion, and gravitates back to her very first love of rich sounding pop music. In it, she sets out to introduce the listener to the girl from the 90s who wore out TLC’s “CrazySexyCool” album and loaded her Discman with Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson and Lauryn Hill; to the girl who didn’t care who heard her belting out the hits at the top of her lungs.
Following the 2008 independent release of her first album “Never Just A Dream”, Emma-Lee garnered a ton of attention, including glowing reviews from the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail – the latter naming it their “disc of the week”. Her 2012 follow-up, the aforementioned “Backseat Heroine” was released through eOne Music Canada, and first single “Not Coming By” yielded significant traction at CBC Radio 2, with the video for second single “Figure It Out” added into heavy rotation on MuchMusic. The album was also named “Best Adult Contemporary Album” at the 12th annual Independent Music Awards.
With 5 national tours and many high profile international showcases under her belt (SXSW in Austin, TX and MIDEM in Cannes, France); Emma-Lee’s extensive touring continues to carve her place in the Canadian music scene and abroad. Named “Best Female Vocalist” in NOW Magazine’s Best of Toronto reader’s poll for two years in a row, Emma-Lee sings with a vulnerable nuance and power – an utterly modern, delightful addition to 2016’s pop charts.
What is the first thing that you notice about a potential love interest?
Whether or not we crack each other up. I need to laugh as much as I love making others laugh, so this is a must!
Who would you want to have make the first move?
I’ve done things both ways but I prefer to be pursued. There’s nothing more refreshing than when a guy point-blank asks you out.
What’s your instant deal breaker?
A cigarette smoker.
How do you feel about public displays of affection?
I think it’s ok in small doses. If I happen to walk by a couple kissing in the street, that’s kind of sweet. If I’m forced to sit in close proximity on a streetcar with a couple fiendishly making out…not so much.
What is your definition of romance
Spontaneity. Thoughtfulness. Paying close attention to each other’s details. Being emotionally and physically in sync. A true connection is the most romantic feeling in the world, it’s hard to even try putting it into words.
*photo by Paul Stewards