Emmeline was one of Girls Rock Dallas’ vocal instructors at last year’s summer camp. She has been playing piano since she was three and a half, but has been singing since her parents introduced her to the radio.
Some of Emmeline’s favorite artists include Ani DiFranco, Backstreet Boys, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Stroke 9, Ed Sheeran, Billy Joel, Matchbox Twenty, Hanson, Anna Nalick, Patty Griffin, Demi Lovato, Teal Wicks, Jason Robert Brown, Shoshana Bean, JoJo, Simon & Garfunkel, Dispatch, Jack Savoretti, Jazmine Sullivan, and many more!
When asked about some of her favorite moments at this past summer camp, Emmeline said, “There were so many incredible moments! Helping the girls write their songs was a definite plus. Watching these incredibly talented young women express everything from love to frustration in songs was really, really rewarding–and seeing their relief at having exorcised those feelings was also huge! One of my campers wrote about a boyfriend who had really hurt her, and by the end of their writing session, her band mates were offering her not only consolation, but support and encouragement. When we were talking about the writing process, she said, “At least I got a song out of it.” Knowing that she felt like she could cope with her feelings better through music–and that she could turn a negative experience into something positive–made her feel better about the things she’d endured. I felt really privileged to watch that epiphany happen.
Another really cool aspect of camp was watching the girls work together as teams. There are so many things in this world that tear women apart, so it was really neat to be part of something that brought women together. Some of the girls were really insecure at the beginning of the week, but the encouragement and support from their band mates gave them enough confidence that they felt comfortable slamming the drums a bit harder, rocking more difficult riffs on guitar, and going for gold with their vocals. The fact that their band mates believed in them made them believe in themselves.
Nothing was greater, though, than the grins that came at the end of their performances. To see them execute the songs all on their own, rocking a packed house in the process, was so very, very cool. We had so many talented campers, and I can’t wait to see what they can do for themselves and each other this summer. We definitely had some hits on our hands!
Some advice Emmeline gives to future performers to help pursue their goals is Three things: Never, never, never give up. Practice like your life depends on it. Don’t let the business (or any of the haters, for that matter) make you forget why you started making music.