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Meet Emma Kern

Today we’d like to introduce you to Emma Kern.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Throughout my entire life, I have always strived for a career in music. I started out in musical theater when I was seven years old and ever since knew that I loved performing and singing. In middle school, I started songwriting which opened up a whole new side of music for me. I attended Idyllwild Arts Academy for my junior and senior years of high school where I studied musical theater and songwriting. That experience inspired me to further my career and attend Berklee College of Music. After Berklee, I moved back to southern California where I was born and raised. I wrote my EP “80 Fenway” which was my first apartment address and is about my experience living in Boston.

Has it been a smooth road?
Luckily, I have had so much support from my family and friends who have always encouraged me to go after what I want. However, there are times when things feel almost impossible to accomplish. I think it’s really important to realize everything is a process and to have patience with yourself. Whenever I accomplish something that I thought seemed impossible, it inspires me to keep going! I am extremely harsh on everything I do, which I have learned is both a really good and bad thing. I have learned that I will never find anything I do perfect which is ok. I think the most important thing is to be honest in your art and if you truly love it others will too.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I specialize in vocal performance and songwriting. I am very proud of the success I have had so far since releasing my first single Sabotage, from my EP 80 Fenway. I feel so connected to Sabotage it almost feels like my firstborn child! Writing 80 Fenway was such an amazing process because I got to work with insanely talented musicians who helped bring it to life in a beautiful way. I am still blown away by the amount of people who have listened to one of my songs. It makes me so happy to have positive feedback on what I am creating. I have a lot of fun coming up with my cover art ideas and visuals. I am obsessed with fashion so I love creating looks for my content. I have a very specific style for everything I do.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
The music industry is constantly changing. Now with streaming people are never paying for music. More than ever, live performance is a big part of how to make an income as a musician, however with COVID it has made it extremely difficult to navigate. Platforms such as Tik Tok is how a lot of artists are breaking in these days. I think it is really important to try to keep up with the trends of social media. I feel like it is hard to say where the industry will be in 5-10 years since things change so quickly with technology being so accessible. In this day and age, you can make a whole album in your bedroom. I am sure there will be a lot of big new things. I am interested to see where the music industry goes in the future. Since it is a male-dominated industry, I really hope to see more women dominating it in the future.

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Cindy Gromero @cidnygromero on Instagram

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