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Saturday, 31 May, 2008 0:00 AM

Emily West: A Fresh Face on the Country Music Scene

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Emily West performs at the Downtown Hoedown on Saturday afternoon.

by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

DETROIT -- Emily West is a new country artist from Nashville. She performed for her very first time at the Downtown Hoedown last May. West was born in Waterloo, Iowa and is the youngest of four children. She moved to Nashville in 2000. West signed a deal with the Warner-Chapell publishing. Her idol was Patsy Cline as she was growing up.

“I started singing because of Patsy Cline,” West said. “There was something about her voice that I really, as an 8-year-old, connected with. She’s singing about cheating and heartache but I was like, oh my gosh, I want to sing like her. Just til that day, I am still such a fan. I love her, I think she’s awesome.”

In 2004, West signed with Capitol Records Nashville for her first recording contract.

“It was awesome. Here I was 21 or 22 at the time. It was my dream come true, getting signed to a major label. And Capitol of all the labels is the best out there. I was just looking forward to making my record. Little did I know, it was going to take four years for it to come out. It was totally worth the wait. I’m really excited about the record that I made. It’s going to be out in the fall.”

Emily West had to wait four years for her first record to come out. It was a struggle that she has worked to overcome.

“I was really struggling to find what songs I was going to put on this 10-song record,” West said. “I was really, really frustrated. I was extremely worried if I was even going to have a record out. I was at my mom’s house balling to her. Mom, my record’s never going to come out. She was like ‘Well, you better put your big girl panties on and deal with it because music is just tough.’

Her new single that is currently being played on the radio is “Rocks In Your Shoes.”

“It’s kind of like my big girl panties song. You can make a choice in life. You can either deal with it or you can let it just eat you alive. This is a tough world. You gotta just keep on walkin’. Don’t let it get you down. Ironically enough, it’s my first single. It’s really getting a great reaction from the fans that love that song. I have a record out cuz I did get my big girl panties on.”

“’Rocks In Your Shoes’, I got that title from my great grandfather,” said West. “Apparently, he used to put rocks in his shoes before he went to go plow the fields because it was for his tendons. He felt so guilty about getting drunk the night before. My mom told me the story and I left it. I ran with it.”

Her debut album will be coming out this fall. It will be a self-titled record.

“It’s a very personal record. I feel like when my life started to suck, that’s when the real truth came out. Good music started to come out. I’m kind of one of these writers that I can’t really write when I’m happy. People get their lives in big wrecks because they think creatively. Although, I totally want to be happy in life. I just can’t write songs when I’m happy. Finally, when stuff really personal and kinda tragic started to happen, the truth kind of came out and me and my co-writers just sat down. I need to write about this.”

“The whole record is a really, really fun record. It’s also serious. I’m just proud of it. It was a part of my life that’s kind of a journal. I think a lot of young women and girls and a lot of young guys can identify with the message I have to say throughout the record. It’s gonna be interesting to see what everyone is gonna think about it.”

There will be a total of 10 songs on her new record. West herself wrote seven of the tracks.

“It’s gonna be a self-titled record unless I get a wild hair and just wanna call it big girl panties. I think it’s just gonna be called Emily West though.”

Emily West performed for her very first time at the Downtown Hoedown on Saturday afternoon.

“The people performing are heroes that I’ve looked up to. I’m a huge fan of Little Big Town, Chris Cagle who is now my label mate and Trisha Yearwood who’s been rocking my world for at least a whole decade. I adore her, I think she’s amazing.”

This country singer has some big plans for the future. She looks forward to meeting her fans and playing more concerts.

“I hope the country fans embrace me like they have for so many artists. I hope they understand that I’m the real deal. I want to connect with them. I hope the future brings a lot of new friends my way musically. Just have a great time and not take life too seriously. I just wanna be a country/western and rock and roll singer.”

Emily West will return to the area with a performance at the Meijer Taylor Summerfest on Saturday, July 12th.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

New country artist Emily West performs on the Upper Stage.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

West's record company released a self-titled EP December 11, 2007 to the iTunes music store.

 

 

 

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