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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Flow-bending artist aSanTIS discusses art, culture, and whether sound can solve the world’s problems in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
My interview with Amy Santis aka aSanTIS began in the most unexpected way. The Maryland-based flow-bending artist and lyrical storyteller came prepared to engage in conversation around questions I had posed – and she also brought one or two of her own thoughtful prompts based on her curiosities around my view of learning.
This practice of taking in her surroundings deeply through observation and inquiry has come naturally to aSanTIS ever since she was a young child. In terms of her early starts in music, she notes that she began as a discerning listener. “Just listening to music from my mom, on the radio, just being a consumer in the world of sound. But I think mainly, my mom has always loved dancing and listening to music, so that was sort of like second nature. We play music at gatherings, we play music in the car, and these songs are sort of like diaries that take us into a specific place.”
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