Emily Angell

Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

My name is Emily Angell (yes, that’s my real name), I’m from New York, USA born in 1985. I’ve been singing since I could speak and used to get the lyrics to Row Row Row your boat wrong all the time when I was 2. (Recorded on cassette tape, thanks a lot mom!).

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.

I began writing songs in high school and was one of two girls in my college audio production class. It wasn’t until after college that I picked up a guitar and began playing shows. My music has evolved quite a bit since then, from very folk-sounding to rock. Lately I’ve been experimenting with electronic elements.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

Because I travis-pick the guitar in the first verse of “I Got This”, it has a very folky quality right out of the gate, but overall I would call it pop/EDM. I’m very inspired by electronically-influenced pop music. The song was written when good friend of mine challenged me to write a motivational song for our workout camp. I envisioned a song that could be played while taking his class. The music video is inspired by the same group of people — these are people that push me every day and make me better. My sister Caroline (who’s also a talented author) gave me the idea to have two intertwining stories of one girl’s struggle both mentally and physically. I think everyone can relate to parts of the video.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

I’ve dreamt of being a musician my entire life. Deep down, I didn’t believe I would ever make it happen though. In the last year and a half, that all changed for me. Going out on a US Tour as a backup singer in summer 2016 was one of the greatest experiences of my life. Since then I’ve been writing, creating videos and trying to learn everything I can to be a better singer, guitar player, harmonica player and producer. Being surrounded by people who motivate me and inspire me is so important. It makes me want to inspire and motivate others with my music. These days, that’s my mission.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

I’d be nothing without a team behind me. My longtime friend David Andronico, and amazing songwriter, producer, and musician, gave me some great advice when I was initially writing the song. Later, he turned my production into a pop track exactly as I’d envisioned it. The other person key to this process was my friend Matt Lewis, a brilliant filmmaker with an eye for nuance. He shot the video under my direction and always gave me his honest opinion on what else needed to be done. After I edited the video, he colour corrected it. The process was a constant back and forth. The characters in the video are all my friends. I actually sort of tricked my best friend Jess into being in it… (Sorry dude!) Originally I wasn’t going to show the antagonist’s face, but as the video progressed, I realized that you needed to see him.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

I’ve been working in the industry, released two EPs independently, and played shows around the city and Upstate NY (where I’m from) since the mid-2000s. But it’s been about a year and a half since I’ve put everything else aside to pursue the dream. The purpose is this: I’m going to reach people and make their days better with my music. I believe I can do this on a massive scale, because other people have the same purpose. It’s a matter of finding them and joining forces. “I Got This” is the first, small stepping stone on this path.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

My friends and my family give me quite a bit of inspiration. Music has been a go-to outlet for my feelings since I was a kid. (And I have a lot of feelings!) In my darkest moments, writing a song saved me and gave me a purpose. In my triumph, writing a song made me glad and humbled. “I Got This” was inspired by my dear friend Emil, leader of my workout camp and a United States Marine Corps. Veteran, who will never stop telling me that “I got this.”

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

I believe there are a few different elements that combine to make a great song. It needs to touch people in a way they weren’t expecting, it needs to have a catchy refrain but sound a little bit different from what they’re used to hearing. Above all, the people listening need to be inspired, which gives a song its value. If the song moves someone or provides emotional fuel or relief, you’ve done your job as a songwriter.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

I say it in the song: tell yourself “I Got This.” No matter what kind of a struggle you’re going through, repeat the mantra, be brave, and keep going.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

Learn everything you can.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

I’ve released two independent EPs The Upset (2011) and Let Go (2015) and embarked on a Tour of the US as a backup singer with country singer Jessica Lynn (2016). My 3rd EP is due spring 2018. “I Got This” is the first single from that album.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

My local stations have been super supportive including WXPX 107.1 FM The Peak, WHUD 100.7 FM, WARY 88.1AM Westchester Community College, and WPWL 103.7FM Pawling Public Radio, Acoustic Cafe on WTNH CT Style, White Plains Public Access TV, Bedford Town Vibe Magazine and more. To all of them I owe a huge debt of gratitude for featuring my music, and can’t wait to represent my community on a world stage one day.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

I usually come up with some sort of hook or concept and build out the song from there. Melodies always come first, and when it hits me I grab my phone to record it so it doesn’t slip away. When I listen back later, I make sure my guitar is handy.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

I love the pop greats: Christina Aguilera taught me to sing. Big fan of OneRepublic, Alessia Cara, P!nk, Kesha and Sia. On a totally separate note, I’ve seen Dawes 5 times live — they are my number one band.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

I would love to write a song with Sia or Ryan Tedder. That’s a life goal.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

http://instagram.com/emangellmusic (@emangellmusic)

http://facebook.com/emilyangellmusic

http://youtube.com/emilyangell

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

iTunes: http://hyperurl.co/ajrz5g

Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/i-got-this/id1296540296?i=1296540298

Spotify:https://open.spotify.com/track/7vYgaZwIQc6ByYF31H8A55

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076FT3SRL

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

One of the happiest days of my life was the day I held my niece for the first time. The saddest was when I found out my grandmother had passed while my love relationship was falling apart.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I’d give half of it to my family and friends, and with the other half I would buy onto a OneRepublic world tour.

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