by Michael J. West
Emma Rowley is a pop-centered recording artist & songwriter from Washington D.C., who currently lives in Nashville, TN. However, her career in the entertainment industry began at just 12 years old when she was cast in her first Broadway production (Lupone Gypsy, 2008). Since then, she has appeared in the 2009 Broadway revival of Bye Bye Birdie, twice sung as a featured guest at Carnegie Hall, performed at Nashville’s famous Blue Bird Cafe, fronted the band at Mackinac Island, Michigan’s famous Grand Hotel, and built her pop-artistry from the ground up since graduating from Belmont University with a degree in music in 2017.
Her newest track is titled, “Not Afraid of the Dark” and it has an incredibly powerful feel to it. This track brings a ton of motivation to conquer your fears, and inspires you to achieve your goals no matter what you think may be stopping you. Emma was actually brought in to just record the demo vocal by the songwriters (Todd Wright, Ethan Mentzer, and Cliff Downs), but it turned into they had found their artist after hearing her perform the track. Check out the track below.
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When D.C. venues were ready to reopen after COVID-19, indie pop duo GLOSSER was ready to perform. The two, Riley Fanning and Corbin Sheehan, formed the band pre-COVID out of a shared aesthetic vision and passion for music storytelling.
Their first album *DOWNER* was released in January 2023, however they have decided to release a [__deluxe version__](https://open.spotify.com/album/0KLORhtj3ohV4FtbdjoKu5?si=iNZX9fiZSm2M6V8pRdBkow) exactly one year later containing four new tracks – two remixes, a reimagined song, and a cover – that they are hoping will give it a second life and allow them to continue performing around the area.
The band explains that they have spent many shows opening for touring bands that traveled through D.C. “We made music and then venues started to open again,” Sheehan says. Rather than having the “typical grungy” D.C. band experience, they uniquely went straight to club shows.