Georgia-Country.com Artist of the Month
On a monthly basis, Georgia-Country.com spotlights a Georgia artist that we feel is furthering their career in country music. Below is our current artist of the month. We hope you enjoy reading their interview and getting to know this artist more. Be sure to check out their music, videos and schedule for the month. If you are a Georgia-based artist, 18 and over, and would like to be considered for Artist of the Month, please contact us with your name and a website to review.
Our June Artist of the Month is Emma Bacon. Read her interview below as GC asked her questions about her career in country music.
GC: Emma, tell Georgia about where you were born, raised, and your current family.
EB: I was born in Toombs County, but I was raised in Tattnall County. I live on my great-great-grandaddy's farm in Reidsville, Georgia with my mom, my dad, and my sister. A lot of my extended family live on the same farm, too, so we are very close.
GC: How old were you when you started singing?
EB: I started singing on stage at the early age of four. My mom sang at festivals and in churches, so I naturally followed her to the stage. She eventually gave up singing and helped me develop my career.
GC: Do you recall the first time you sang in front of an audience (that was not your family), and what song was that?
EB: The first time I sang was at a Fourth of July celebration at the Gordonia-Altamaha State Park. I sang "You Ain't Woman Enough to Take My Man."
GC: Even though you're still in your teens, you've been performing for a few years now. What number one tip would you give any other teen out there thinking of pursuing a career in country music?
EB: You need to discover who you are as an artist, by figuring out what makes you different. It's good to learn from other singers, but you don't want to be just like them. One of the best ways to make this happen is to write your own songs. It will help you develop your own sound, and it will give you a way to share your own message with the world.
GC: Being a teen, how do juggle all your other activities with your music?
EB: Time management is crucial. I stay very busy, and everything I do is important to me. I have to balance church activities, high school and college classes, my roles in 4-H, and my music. To do this, I have to prioritize my days and weeks to make sure I get the most important things done first while not taking too much time away from advancing my career. Fortunately, I have a lot of help from my family and friends, too, which makes it a lot easier.
GC: What past singer has inspired you most? And what current singer does?
EB: June Carter Cash is one of my favorite singers from the past because of her fashion sense and charisma. My favorite current singer, even though she has moved to pop, is Taylor Swift. I love her use of lyrics and her big stage productions.
GC: What has been your favorite show thus far and why?
EB: My favorite show was at a Relay for Life event. I performed "See You Again" by Carrie Underwood. During the song, they turned off all the lights, so I had to perform in complete darkness. I couldn't even see my guitar. It was very emotional. I was honored to be a part of remembering all the people who have struggled with cancer.
GC: You do a lot of your own songwriting? Do you plan to keep the songs to yourself or eventually pitch some to other artists?
EB: I have several songs right now, and we are actually planning a new EP to showcase some of them for the fans. One thing I have learned, though, is that I enjoy writing in different styles and genres. While I like all the songs I've written, they don't always fit the particular sound and image I'm trying to portray. One day I might start pitching some of them to other artists if I find I do not want to record them for myself. At this point, though, I'm holding onto them in case I change my mind.
GC: What singer would you love to sing a duet with and why?
EB: I would love to perform a duet with Dolly Pardon because she is the queen of story songs. I would love to stand on stage and tell a story with her. I identify a lot with Dolly because she is a singer-songwriter, she has a positive attitude, she has a deep faith, and she loves to perform for others. We actually have a lot in common.
GC: What plans do you have for the rest of the year?
EB: On a personal note, I am running for the State 4-H Board of Directors, so I hope to make that dream a reality. Also, I am taking college classes to skip a year of high school, so I can graduate next year. This will help me pursue my career in music sooner. I also plan to have new music by the end of the year, I plan to tour a lot, and I plan to keep building relationships with my fans. None of us would be doing any of this without the continued support from awesome people throughout our state, our nation, and even throughout our world through the use of social media and websites. We can't forget the fans. They make this whole thing happen. Can't wait to see you on the road.
To find our more about Emma Bacon, go to EmmaBacon.com