“Quirky, folky singer/songwriter” Annalise Emerick truly lives up the reputation of a musical gypsy – raised in Seattle and music capitol Austin, Texas, she moved on to college at another city esteemed for its song writing roots: Nashville, Tennessee. And just this past September, Emerick established herself here on the east coast, moving to Boston “with an acoustic guitar and a cache of catchy melodies” to instantly tackle the coffee house/indie scene in the heart of Massachusetts. She’s been sharing the word found on her debut EP, “Starry-Eyed”, and people have been listening; the collection hit #9 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart the day of its release, September 20th of last year. Annalise says “’Starry-Eyed’ is my first official project.
PensEyeView.com (PEV): How would you describe your sound?
Annalise Emerick (AE): quirky, folky singer/songwriter
PEV: Calling New England home, what kind of music were you into growing up?
AE: I was actually raised in Seattle and Austin, went to college in Nashville and moved to Boston in September. Growing up I fell in love with the Dixie Chicks, Trisha Yearwood, Alanis Morisette, and Dustry Springfield. I saw how these awesome women could make in the music industry and knew I could never do anything else. I really thought I was going to be the next Martina McBride, haha! But after a few months at college that dream quicky reinvented itself.
PEV: What can fans expect from a live Annalise Emerick performance?
AE: A sincere, heartfelt performance. I try to never leave anything off the table when I do a live show. I want each song to touch every single person in the audience.
PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage to perform?
AE: I hope my guitar is in tune!
PEV: Any preshow rituals before you take the stage or do you just wing it?
AE: I always make sure to rehearse and plan out a set list but the best part about performing live is not knowing what's going to happen. It's really cool to throw a set list out the window after seeing your crowd and making stuff up based on the vibe of the room.
PEV: What was the underlining inspiration for your music? Where do get your best ideas for songs?
AE: stories of life. heartbreak. summer love. friendship. all the usual ideas. I usually get my best ideas when I'm least expecting them, driving, at the grocery store, at work.
PEV: Tell us about your latest work- “Starry-Eyed” what can fans expect from this work?
AE: Starry-Eyed is my first official project. It is what I've been wanting to release since I was 5 years old. The 7 songs on Starry-Eyed each tell a different story of my life and give a glimpse into my personal life. Every song we (my producer and I) picked for Starry-Eyed was chosen for a reason and we put every effort to make each song a perfect reflection of what I was trying to say when I wrote it.
PEV: Do you ever find yourself getting writer’s block and if so, how do you get over that?
AE: Absolutely. Writers block is a real thing and happens to me all the time. Even if I can't write my own songs I try to always keep playing other peoples songs and stay inspired that way. Also I keep a list of songs that I want to write, ideas, topics etc. I'm a firm believer that you cannot rush the song and the worst thing you can do is try to force it out. I always let the songs speak to me and if I'm not feeling it then I walk away until if feels right. Otherwise, you end up resenting the idea and the song.
PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about Annalise Emerick?
AE: I LOVE mustard. On anything.
PEV: How is life on the road for you in the music world? Best and worst parts?
AE: I haven't really been "on the road" yet. Besides a bus trip to NYC for a show and driving up to Burlington, VT for a show.
PEV: Is there one area you wish you could travel around and play that you have not yet?
AE: The whole US! East coast/west cast would be awesome
PEV: Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?
AE: My friend, Daniella Mason is going to be huge, mark my words. And I LOVE Madi Diaz, she's pretty big in Nashville.
PEV: If you weren’t playing music now what do you think you would be doing as your career?
PEV: So, what is next for Annalise Emerick?
AE: a summer tour! (I hope) but I'll be playing New England for the next few months, building my fan base and hopefully planning a tour.