Like most things in Music City these days, the number of new faces popping up on the music scene continues to grow. One bright addition to the Country/Americana singer-songwriter scene is Emily Myers. Since taking residence in Nashville, Emily has released several singles and I’m gonna steer you toward her latest two that will be a part of an upcoming EP. Give a watch and a listen to the videos for the most recent cut “Ain’t Gonna Be Mine” and the previously released title track, “Unwrite Every Song.”
While no one likes breakups, they do sometimes produce great therapeutic songs for the soul that remind us that a brighter day will one day come. Emily says: “My latest single “Ain’t Gonna Be Mine” describes the moment after a breakup when you finally remember who you are again.”
Thank you, Emily, for visiting 11 Questions. Welcome to Nashville and we look forward to seeing you around town!
Where are you from originally, when did you move to Nashville and why?
I am originally from Jefferson City, MO. I moved to Nashville in November of 2020, so we are about a year and a half in! I knew I would always end up in Nashville, but the question was always when. I got to a point in my career where I was traveling here so often that I decided it was time to make the move for the next stage of my career. And, then the pandemic hit! I remember questioning if I should still make the move. But I asked myself if I would still want to live in Nashville if I wasn’t pursuing music and the answer was yes. Over the years, I had fallen in love with more than just the music industry. I also loved the people, the scenery, the activities, and the atmosphere of the town. So, I packed up my car and finally decided to call Nashville home. It has been the best decision of my life.
What are the first and the last records you bought, and where did you buy them? Were they CD, vinyl or digital?
It is so hard to remember my first record I bought for myself. I am not sure the exact first one, but I do remember Sugarland’s Twice the Speed of Life was definitely one of the first ones I really took ownership of and made a difference in my life. It was a CD at the time. The last record I bought was digital and it was Emily Scott Robinson’s American Siren. Everyone should hear that album.
First and last live concerts that you’ve seen?
The last concert I saw was Billy Strings at the Ryman. It is always so special to be part of a Ryman audience and learn from the musicians on stage. I loved the community around his music and watching the incredible musicianship from him and his band. He also brought a lineup of special guests that was inspiring. My first concert was Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. That was Carrie Underwood’s first tour after winning American Idol and no one knew who she was going to become yet. I was in middle school at the time, and it was a gift from my parents for my birthday. Growing up in rural Missouri, concerts were not as easily accessible as they are now that I live in Nashville. We often drove hours to see a concert. It’s one of the reasons I still have a feeling of gratitude every time I am going to see a show. I learned early on that it was a privilege and something of immense value.
Whose star should be added to the Music City Walk of Fame?
I would add Lori McKenna to the Music City Walk of Fame. I think her contributions as a songwriter to Country Music have been monumental and we are seeing artists today including myself who are already inspired by her work, and she is nowhere near finished yet. I believe her career is more than deserving of the honor.
Where do you go in Nashville for coffee and pizza?
For coffee, you can always find me at Caliber Coffee in Hermitage. I love supporting local shops and they have the best drinks and atmosphere around my neighborhood. It always makes me feel like I am part of the community when I am stopping in for coffee. For pizza, my boyfriend and I always go to Salvo’s for date night. It is a small local shop, and the people are so friendly. The pizza is great, and we always feel at home there.
What’s your favorite record to ever come out of Nashville?
That’s an impossible question. There are so many incredible records that come out of this town and new ones coming out every day. However, I am still very partial to Kacey Musgrave’s Golden Hour. That record felt like the next step for Country Music and was something I had not heard yet from both a writing and production standpoint. It continues to inspire me as an artist today.
Where’s the best place to eat late night after a show?
After a show, I always request burgers from Jack Brown’s. It is one of the best burgers in Nashville and is the perfect dive. Great for after-a-show cravings and even better for a good hang with friends.
The Bluebird calls and asks you to host an “In the Round.” Pick three local songwriters to join you.
If the Bluebird called me to play a round, I would have to bring my friends Luis Echeverria, Lauren Rose Thayer, and Amanda McCarthy. They have been such great supporters of me, and my music, and I would want to share that moment on stage with each of them.
What are your favorite music venues to play in town?
I made my debut at the Listening Room Café on July 9 and believe that will shoot it up to my favorite place to play in Nashville. I am so excited to share a stage that my favorite songwriters in town have been featured on. I also love to play Alley Taps and Belcourt Taps because I am a songwriter at heart and those venues are so vital to the songwriting community here in Nashville.
Name a musician who you’d like to see move here.
I would love for Brandi Carlile and Lori McKenna to move here. They are both huge inspirations to me and I would love to see them play in Nashville even more than they currently do. They are great additions to this community, even if they do not call it their permanent home.
Finally, what’s in your musical future?
Right now, I am working on my debut EP that will be released this year. My latest single, “Unwrite Every Song,” is the beginning track of that album and the first song that been released off it. It will be followed by four more tracks that will make up the project. I am so excited for this music and what it says. I have loved watching people love on ‘Unwrite Every Song’ and cannot wait to have them hear the rest!