This is a word I started using sort of as a joke but now when I say it, people seem to get it. I've been trying so hard to "do things right" and I never seem to be able to fit in the perfect mold of an artist in music industry terms. When I was in New York and LA, every meeting I went to people said things like, "well, you'll have to dye your hair pink", "you look like a country artist," or "you are a country artist." Or, "if you want to be yourself you'll have to wait ten years." (Literally, someone said that. I don't even know what that means). So, trying to be open to the feedback I was getting from the universe, I moved to Nashville, and now, in Nashville sometimes I'm not country enough. 

So the only thing I can really be okay with I've realized, is being myself. I no longer (and never really did) try to be a certain kind of artist. I will only be myself. Because it's so exhausting trying to be what other people want you to be. or try to say the right thing ... or be the "right" thing.

I've never really believed in genres either. My favorite artists always pulled from so many influences, and their records were so eclectic- and what they were singing and saying transcended a label or a lane. It was just good music. So that's what I believe in.  

And why not be open to creativity, and where it might be able to go, rather than defining it and telling it is has to be one thing. Sometimes I like to write songs that are a little bit Country, some days I like to write Pop/Rock and other days I want to hear a song with just a guitar and a vocal. And what if you did something that brought many people together, rather than just a select group?

The way I listen to music, is the way I make it - I listen to pop, country, rock, hip hop, etc... so the way I receive it, is the way I create it. That's what I love about the new music we've been working on - It's so many different things but it feels right, it feels like me. It may not be "right" to someone else, but it's right to me.

It can be frustrating feeling like you can't just be yourself, or maybe you don't "fit" anywhere, but I'm starting to think that's okay. Maybe you just carve your own lane. 

- Emma