YES! Weekly Live! From ADP presents: Emma Lee
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Emma Lee was originally from Texas, but she moved to Greensboro when she was 16 years old. The 28-year-old musician and singer/songwriter is engaged to Tyler Millard, of The Tyler Millard Band based in Greensboro.
Lee said she categorizes herself with Americana and folk rock to describe her genre. Lee is influenced by strong female musicians such as Christina Perri, Sara Bareilles, Janis Joplin and Joni Mitchell. Lee said she is a “sucker for pretty lyrics” and prefers writing lyrics to writing music.
Lee said singing came naturally to her.
“I didn’t have to try to do, it was the thing I felt the best at without being scared t do it,” Lee said. “When I didn’t have it in my life I was not as happy.”
When Lee graduated from college and entered the corporate world, she felt like something was missing. Once she picked her guitar back up and played live, she said she now feels like she wants to spend more time developing her music.
The three songs Lee played at her Live! From ADP session was “The Diner Song,” “This Ol’ Lullabye” and “Pull The Trigger.” Her final song is on iTunes and was recorded at Blackbird Studios in Nashville. Lee said Martina McBride’s piano player played piano on “Pull The Trigger.”
Lee said, “Pull The Trigger” is a vindictive song about an ex-relationship she once had. She said Millard helped write the song with her about the past relationship she had. She said it is funny looking back on it now.
“It is like four years old so, [the meaning] has come and gone,” she said. “I am in a happier place now.”
Lee said she had been solely focusing on playing live and earning a living for the past couple years that she has not gotten to record anything else since “Pull The Trigger.”
“Hopefully in the future, I’ll be able to put down more time into EPs and more recording, and pushing more original music that way,” she said.
She said once she and Millard are married they will both have more time to write and record their music.
“My biggest message to people is just to like don’t be scared of failing, be scared of not trying something,” she said. “Even if it is scary to think about if you try something and fail, you’ll look back in 20 years and be more upset if you didn’t try something. Because at least you tried.”
Emma Lee plays two shows in Greensboro coming up, the first is at World of Beer (located at 1310 Westover Terrace) on Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. until 11 p.m., and the second is Radiance Yoga (located at 1860 Pembroke Rd.) at 7 p.m. on Feb. 19. Visit her website for her full show schedule and to learn more about her.