Emily James began what is a very promising career by writing her first music at the tender age of just 10 years old. Claiming influences ranging from classic rockers like Bob Dylan and Fleetwood Mac to recent pop such as Adele; James is that rare combination of driven and passionate yet possesses a softness that makes her the real deal; genuinely likeable with innocence that draws one to her like moths to a flame.
Moving in pursuit of her career from New York to Nashville and currently residing in Los Angeles, James has worked with Grammy Award winning producers Ian Fitchuk (Kacey Musgraves) and Jacquire King (Kings of Leon) and more recently Ryan Hadlock (The Lumineers, Vance Joy).
With EPs and full length CDs to her credit, along with a well-rounded support system; James has released another EP titled "Wanted You to Know, Pt.1" which debuted in February of this year. She elaborated on the new music, the troubling times and how they are both connected; not only to each other but to all of those who listen to the disc as well.
James delved into her inner-self with this particular effort and along with some co-writes has produced something she is very enthusiastic about; in part because she has also stepped out of her norm with one particular track.
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"I'm really excited to have this out," she said excitedly. "The EP is kind of a collection of songs that I had created individually but I wanted to put them together because I felt like the common thread between them was me looking back reflecting on the past, meditating on the present and looking towards the future and that's why it's called, "Wanted You to Know, Pt. 1;" it's all just kind of some of the things that I wanted to say. So, yeah, "don't fall on me" was one of the collaborations; half of the songs were solo writes and half were collaborations and that one has a bit more of a rock sound than the others and it was kind of different than what I've done in the past; I thought I'd try something new."
When asked how she crafts her material, she says that she uses an open-minded approach; especially with "don't fall on me."
"I think it's mainly about; I never really go into a song whether it is writing it or producing it with an intention; I want to frame the songs in the way they're it is supposed to be and treat each individually so that I can honor each song's unique personality. So, for that song I just wanted to make sure, because the content of the lyrics is kind of a battle between the dreamy blissfulness of falling in love but also the fear of not being able to get there with somebody or not being able to give them enough. So, I wanted the production to kind of reflect the angst and the fight between those two feelings."
"There is always a piece of myself in everything that I write," she continued, "It differs how much of that is in there for each song but again, I want the song to have its own life and for people to attach their experiences to it because once I release a song it's not mine anymore; it's the listeners and they are going to have their own life with it; I like to think of it that way. I just hope that my songs can kind of provide something for somebody; see me as a friend that they can talk to or one who is listening because sometimes we have feelings inside that are hard to express or find a way to relate to something and I think that music is so powerful; it's always there for us no matter what we are going through to help us through it. Whether it is a celebration or a heartbreak or feeling lonely; I would just hope that my music will provide that for someone to turn to."
During these COVID times recording artists have been forced to adapt to a seemingly ever-changing landscape. James was no different as she went about putting this EP together.
"It was a combination of recording it in my room and wherever the space was that I wrote the songs with my collaborators. There are six total tracks and I've released four of the songs as singles and then the other two came out when the EP was released on February 26."
So, now that the EP is out and as the world begins to return to pre-virus normalcy; what are her plans as she looks to the future?
"I want to create more and hopefully when it is safe to do so; I'd love to get back to performing live and travel to different places to perform. I'm just looking forward to trying out new things with my writing and production and keep creating and once things are safe again just get back to living. I hadn't made any plans to go out on the road yet but I'm hoping to in the near future and I feel very fortunate that even with the pandemic that I was still able to work and create and put out music. I think the hardest part is that I wasn't able to see family and friends that I wasn't living with but if that was my biggest issue I feel very fortunate."
To discover more about Emily James, please visit www.emilyjames.net.
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This week's event listings
Broken Goblet Brewing
2500 State Road Bensalem, PA
Thurs. 7 p.m. Mike Estabrook
Fri. 8:30 p.m. Oliver Dagum
Wed. 8 p.m. Open Mic w/ Cara Cartney
All Shows 21+
931 Chambers street Trenton
Tuesday 8 p.m. "Jam Night" Hosted by Nikki & Caleb
125 South Main Street Hightstown
Sun. 7 p.m. "Rock On Radio" feat. Nick Ryan & Bella Liberati w/ Stacy Widelitz, Emilee Swartz
50 Riverview Plaza Trenton
Thurs. 7 p.m. Time Peace
Fri. 7 p.m. Kickbax
Sat. 7 p.m. Led Zeppelin Tribute w/ "The Flying Circus"
Sun. 11 a.m. "Sunday Latin Brunch"
Mon. 7 p.m. "Sunny Monday Blues Jam" and Country Music Night
Tues. 7 p.m. Karaoke w/ Karen and Mark
All Events Ages 21+
Dog & Bull Brew House
810 Bristol Pike (Rte. 13) Croydon, PA.
Fri. 4 p.m. Skylar Love
Sat. 6 p.m. Tyler Kingsley
Sun. 4 p.m. Eddie
Eddington House Bensalem
2813 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, PA
Fri. 8 p.m. Fight Back Home Acoustic Duo
Sat. 8 p.m. Rachel & Ty
90 South Main Street New Hope, PA
Thurs. 8 p.m. "Musicians Night Out" Hosted by Lovelight
Tues. 8 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Sam Ryan
Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia Hosted by Dwayne Dunlevy
Hopewell Valley Vineyards
46 Yard Avenue Pennington
Fri. 4 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. DJ Darius The 1st
Sat. 4 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. The Strange Brew Crew
Sun. 1 p.m. "Jazzy Sundays" feat. Gian Galiano
Killarney's Publick House
1644 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton
Thurs. 5 p.m. "Girls Night Out" w/ Radio Fiction
85 Archertown Road New Egypt
Fri. (6 p.m.) Pasta Night "All You Can Eat." $29 (7:30 p.m.) "Yeast Coast Comedy Night at Laurita" feat. Helene Angley / Tom Mongelli. Doors open at 7 p.m., $25 (Reservations for tables of 2-6 people required)
Sat. 11:30 a.m. "Wine and Friends Weekend" $11
Sun. 12 p.m. "Wine and Friends Weekend" $11
1781 Brunswick Avenue Lawrence
Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke
New Egypt Flea Market Village
933 Monmouth County Road Cream Ridge
Sun. 8 a.m. "Chocolate Walk"
Mon. 5 p.m. "Full Moon Market" (Worm Moon)
New Hope Winery
6123 Lower York Road New Hope, PA
Sun. 1 p.m. Stranger Things
Newtown Brewing Company
103 Penns Trail Newtown, PA
Fri. 7 p.m. Ryan Shubert
Sun. 11 a.m. Local Artist Fair
Pasquale's Sports Bar
9078 Mill Creek Road Levittown, PA
Fri. 5 p.m. Happy Hour feat. (TBA)
Sat. 7 p.m. DJ or Live Band Entertainment
Tues. 7:30 p.m. Quizzo
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic
1339 River Road Titusville
Thurs. 8 p.m. Open Mic Night
Wed. 7 p.m. "Quizzo"
2295 2nd Street Pike Newtown, PA
Fri. 7 p.m. Shameless
Recklesstown Farm Distillery
2800 Route 206 North Columbus
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Trivia
802 River Road Ewing
Wed. 7 p.m. David Boyd
101 Route 31 North Pennington
Sat. 1 p.m. Outdoor Line Dancing. $10 (Rain date Sundays 12 p.m.)
110 South Main Street New Hope, PA
Sat. 10 a.m. "Grand Opening" feat. The Art of Adriana Groza
5 South State Street Newtown, PA
Thurs. 7p.m. "Blues Night" w/ Steve Guyger
Tues. 8 p.m. Trivia w/ Righteous Jolly
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic Night w/ Cara Cartney
3535 U.S. Route 1 North #275 Princeton
Fri. 5 p.m. Kim Yarson w/ Joey Yarson
The Buck Hotel
1200 Buck Road Feasterville, PA
Fri. 7 p.m. Love Junk
The Cool Cricket
216 Burlington Street Fieldsboro
Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Sat. 8 p.m. Kindred Spirit
The Irish Horne Bar & Restaurant
882 2nd Street Pike Richboro, PA
Sat. 8 p.m. Stage Left
Triumph Brewing Company
(New Hope, Pa. Location)
400 Union Square New Hope, Pa.
Thurs. 8 p.m. Trivia
Sun. 7 p.m. Open Stage
All shows 21+
Working Dog Winery
610 Windsor Perrineville Road Hightstown
Sat. 1 p.m. Acoustic Road
Sun. 1 p.m. Bud and Maggs
WWFM 89.1 FM HD2 Radio
MCCC Old Trenton Road West Windsor
Mon. 7 p.m. "Danny Coleman's Got The Blues"