by Daniel Warren Hill
Emma G.’s mission is ‘saving the world – one song at a time.” a mission that in 2020 resulted in 26 various releases made available on all major platforms. Her first single of 2021, just released last week, “Songbird” is a powerful self-affirmation for an artist who has embraced her role as not only a songwriter and performer, but also as an individual capable of empowering others by giving individuals the tools to explore and build on their own forms of creative expression. In addition to a dynamic melodic production, “Songbird” has an excellent lyrical narrative exploring her roles as an artivist, youth empowerment coach, podcaster, and founder of inclusive, creator-driven organization Capitol Groove Collective. “I’m busy laying down my legacy” is putting it mildly.
In January 2021, she published her first book My Life, My Songs, My Healing, which is just one of the ways Emma proves her songbird-like prowess on and off the stage while utilizing song itself as the medium for individual and global change. Emma is currently developing a short film with director Gene Sizemore called Born in Crisis, with an accompanying soundtrack, intended to highlight the ability creative expression has on our overall personal wellbeing. The film also features long-time musical collaborators Joey Jenkins and Flightboy Music.
Ask her how she keeps it all together while keeping up with all her artistic endeavors, and she’ll tell you, “It’s a game between the give and take.”
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