Inspired by struggles, made to survive, example of an over-comer, Emma “IME” Hawthorne was born and raised in Dallas TX. Just like most artists, she grew up singing in the church. Not really having any direction on life, she just went with the flow of things. Singing Gospel songs was all IME knew to sing. She would move the crowd singing songs  such as, “God Is”, “Lord Do It”, and “If You Got a Problem Take It To Jesus.” It was amazing, but deep inside she knew that she was called to achieve something bigger than what she could imagine. For IME, a lot of her inspirations come from different gospel artist and choirs, such as Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Vickie Winans, Rev Milton Bronson, John P. Kee and the New Life Community Choir, just to name a few. She is even inspired by some of the new artists today. Listening to groups such as Commission and The Winans have played a major part in her life. IME has been so inspired in her life , that it is now her time to tell the story about the love of Jesus and spread the good news to others. IME has had the opportunity to sing with Kirk Franklin’s God’s Property. Her singing has  allowed her to visit Italy in 2010 and 2011 to sing to those that would be blessed by her God-given talents. IME’s voice is loud, strong, and clear, yet so simple. Growing up in a family that enjoys life with love and laughter, and ultimately experiencing hard ship, it’s natural. With this gift that GOD has given IME, it is meant to be heard, and experienced by all that is willing to listen. You will hear sincerity, growth, and maturity so open your minds and your hearts to receive something special and life changing,
Who am I, IME!!!!

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:  What is your music background

EMMA IME:  My musical background consists of Kirk Franklin and God’s Property. I have performed background for Micheal Lampkin a contestant from Sunday’s Best. I was also apart of the Happy Day Gospel Singing Tour. We toured  Rome, Assisi, Mulan, Elsavardo, and Venice in 2010 and  2011. I have performed R&B for different events such as galas, showcases, and weddings.  I’ve sung at Gospel state conventions, state council events, block parties,  and tent festivals.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:  Why do you want to record and release your own music?

EMMA IME:  I believe that my music will touch the hearts of many and inspire those who need encouragement. I also believe that recording reinforces my ability to help others through song.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:  What are your songs about?

EMMA IME:  My songs are basically about life and what we as people go through.  My songs are about having love and losing it, and all at the same time loosing yourself. My songs are about getting to that place where you really discover who you are and your worth by not settling for the worst situations.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:  Who are your musical influences?

EMMA IME:In R&B, I am influenced by  Whitney Houston, Debra Cox, Pattie Label, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Lauryn Hill, Keke Wyatt, Avant, Htown, Chante’ Moore, Tamia, Brandy, En Vogue, Kelly Price. In Gospel, I am influenced by The Clark Sisters, Vickie Winans, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Bebe and Cece Winans, Darryl Coley, Rev. Milton Bronson, The Thompson Community Singers, Detrick Haddon, Commission, Mary Mary, and Kierra Sheard.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:  How would you describe your music to people?

EMMA IME:Reality

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:  What makes you stand out from other artists?

EMMA IME:  My heart is revealed through my music, and it delivers all that I have experienced through melodies. Being able to smile in between ups and downs and to continue to send positive messages to help others is what makes me stand out.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:  Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in your music career and how did you overcome?

EMMA IME:   The hardest challenge I have faced in my music career is having my music played in the right ear. The battle of starting and stopping has been a revolving door that won’t stop.  However, giving myself to something that I am wholeheartedly committed to, there isn’t any time to stop. I can only push harder until I succeed.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:  What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?

EMMA IME:  Currently my attention is focused on my project.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:  What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

EMMA IME:  I want my albums to reach nations, touch hearts, and change lives. In ten years I will still be touring, song writing, producing, and evolving musically.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:  How can your fans access your music and contact you?

EMMA IME:  imevocals@gmail.com, reverbnation.com/emmaime, twitter- emma IME hawthorne/@y_hawthorne










  1. I have heard your music love love love it and and u go girl loving the pic to stay blessed and can’t wait to hear more music from you


  3. EMMA IME is the TRUTH!!!!
    She effortlessly draws the listener into her reality!!!!
    Her vocals are silky & versatile!!!!
    The Light in her identifies with the Light in me & MANY others!
    She is DEFINITELY a STAR!!!
    PLEASE DON’T sleep on her!!!
    This Young DIVA has entertained AND ministered around the world and it SHOWS!!!
    She is riveting in theatres, cathedrals, intimate venues and even, one on one, person-to-person!!!!
    I’m NOT easily impressed [but] SHE TAKES THE CAKE!!!!

    MUCH LOVE & SUCCESS to HER!!!!!!


  4. Emma and I have been friends for years. Love her to death the lord has blessed her with a great instrument her voice i cant wait to see her at the VMAs.

  5. Emma has always had a beautiful voice. It is a truly a gift from God. I Just want to encourage her to continue to be real, but remember to keep God first in all you do; and you will never have to worry about doing the things you don’t want to do. Love ya girl!

  6. Emma is very talented and brings a lot of talent to the industry and gospel music in general. Love the song she has out on iTunes. I’m sure she will go far.

  7. This young woman is AMAZING! Her vocal range is one thing…her ATTITUDE of GRATITUDE is another! Beautiful, inside and out, and you can feel it in her music. <3

  8. This I can say Emma has a dynamic voice, there are a lot of entertainers out there who sings an dance. But for someone to stand flat footed and let there voice touch and move the crowd are just a few people sitting in the living just enjoying and embracing each other’s company, Emma has that voice that will surpass the roars an the hype and if your human with some of the songs she sings your eyes if they do not produce tears they surly will swell with what us simple folk call water. To Emma stand flat footed an sing your heart out, and I will enjoy every word.

  9. Emma i am so proud of you and the gift that God has given you to sing!! Keep doing what you do and please dont forget about the small people like me!! Much love!! 🙂

  10. Your music is truly touching to the heart, mind and soul. Stay encouraged and focused on your bright future! I wish you the best.

  11. Emma…this lady right here is such an awesome singer with an extraordinary voice. I’ve enjoyed her voice sincewe were little kids in church. She has always been uplifting with her song ministry. Listening to her music would not only bless your life but your soul as well.

  12. I’ve watch Emma sing since she was a child and have often told her she has a voice like none other . Her anointing has moved folk off their seat to the alter . Her vocals are crisp and clean . Emma is a refreshing sound to the industry . A true star to be heard .

  13. I truly believe no one, and I mean NO ONE can listen to Emma and not hear undeniable GREATNESS. She should have BEEN the biggest name in music, to come out of Texas since Beyonce or Erykah Badu, and for all the right reasons. Record companies are very foolish to have not discovered this talent!!!

  14. Congrats Emma “IME” H.!! You are definitely anointed and your singing has brought me to tears “Lord Do It” is my all time fav…Best of luck to you in your musical career

  15. What a voice! I have know IME since elementary and one thing I can remember is her love and passion for song. The world will truly be blessed by her talent and gift of song.

  16. The world is definitely going to be in for a treat when they hear your music, your ministry, your voice…You were right on when you said your heart is revealed through your music. When you sing, I don’t just hear a song, I hear a story….I don’t know your story in its entirety, but I can definitely tell that there is a pain that has become your testimony and there is power that is borne out of your pain….Not only that, your voice is sweet and melodious. Talent is an understatement when it comes to you…If I ever wanna’ hear good singing, I know I can’t count on you to come through!

  17. Emma IME has one of the most amazing voices I have EVER heard! I cannot wait for her project to come out! She is truly gifted by GOD!

  18. Our families hv grown 2gthr 4almst 50yrs. They r gifted, talented, & anointed by GOD! Mnstry is thr life & I’m glad 2know them. My lil sister is gng 2b more than a blessing 2whoever she’s blessed 2reach. It will b an enlghtmnt 2thz n dark times. Can’t w8 2c what takes place nxt n her life.

  19. This article was inspiring to read because one of our very own from Dallas has had a life like many others, yet she is using her God given talent to spread love to the world regardless of her hardships. IME is the furture of gospel music!

  20. Emma has an outsanding voice. Her vocals are so strong, yet so subtle to the ear, and so pleasing. Someone i’ll definitley be listening to throughout her growth as a star!

  21. I’ve only began listening to Emma’s music for about a week, and let me tell you that she is wonderful. Her looks aren’t so bad either if you know what I’m saying!

  22. I very much enjoy a great gospel singer who sings with passion, and does it for the love of God and music. I love that all she needs is her voice to move your soul.

  23. I usually don’t take time to write comments, but IME deserves so much love for all the love she sends out with her music. Wonderful vocals!

  24. Great article, happy to see you getting out there and spreading your music. Everyone starts somewhere, and with the determination you have i know you’ll make it!

  25. IME can sing any song she wants, and make it sound good!
    I would listen to mary had a little lamb if she sang it!
    Outstanding voice!! – Richard

  26. Not my type of music, I mainly listen to rock. Then there’s some occasional singers that capture my attention and IME is one of them. Can’t wait to see what more she has to come.

  27. Enjoyed learning what’s the driving force behind Emma’s music. Makes me appreciate what she deos even more. She stays true to herself, and that’s hard to find in an artist nowadays. MUCH LOVE

  28. I can feel the pure effort and soul IME puts into her music. This generation’s music has become something with no heart, and i belive she can change that. The world could use some REAL music. We’re ready when you are IME!!

  29. What sets this young woman apart is her ability to bring such an electrifying energy anywhere she goes. It definitly gets you going!

  30. IME seems to not have had such a hard life, yet she knows that it’s the small daily stuggle we people go through that really bring us down. It’s so inspiring to see someone take those things, and put them to positive use, will be listening in for more great songs 🙂

  31. Love IME so much. I’ve been a fan for a while now, but this article just made me love her so much more. Great hearing about her past, and her inspirations! Wish there was more about her life, and she came about doing all of these things, other than that just great.

  32. This Lady look is to live for always simple but always very classy and eloquent.Great stage precents.Here voice is amazing great strong range one that I was blown away by.Big Stage Ready….