IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
RELY EMERSON: I was born in New York and raised in both Union and Spartanburg, South Carolina. I have lived in Phoenix for 6 years. I don’t really consider myself to be from any one state. I think of myself more as a true American or someone who is not necessarily from one place, but has brought all of these places together to be in one place. I’ve moved from the city, to the country, to the desert, to the beach, and back again. I’m from America…the city and state of me.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
RELY EMERSON: Music doesn’t really run in my family but I’ve always been attracted to it. I never got to play an instrument because my mom said I was too bad in school. Instead, I took up dancing. Other kids had saxophones and drum kits in school…and you know what I had? I had the movie “Breakin”. That was my first introduction to hip hop and I fell in love. Learning to be a popper was my first step in pursuing music.
I began writing music at the age of 14. It began as poetry and evolved into acapella verses about whatever I was depressed about. It wasn’t until my girlfriend broke up with me, and I wrote her a song, that I found my niche. It wasn’t the fact that I got my girl back. It was the fact that my music made someone happy. It was then that I was hooked. I knew I wanted to be an artist.
I have been blessed enough to have performed at venues as small as local bars and larger stages, such as Hot Import Nights Tour, SYTYCD, and various college campuses.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
RELY EMERSON: Music has always given me self confidence. I have always turned to either writing my own music or a quote from another artist to get me through tough times. It gives me the outlet to do the same for other people. It is my gift to those who can’t think through their own trials and tribulations.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
RELY EMERSON: My music tends to be about whatever I am going through. I have spent so much time putting my feelings into my music that writing is the only way I know how to truly express myself. Most of my music stems from a lot of built up anger, but I try to find a way to turn it into love. That’s the hard part. Everything that I write about is so that you can sing it to your lady and be proud of what you have accomplished between the two of you.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards?
RELY EMERSON: My fan base is anyone from 15 to the age of 30. However, some of my fan base tends to be well over 40. I guess that’s the old b-boy in me. When you make it a goal to make timeless music I guess age doesn’t play a factor, only quality.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
RELY EMERSON: This is going to sound politically incorrect, but I really don’t have any musical influences other than myself. I grew up mostly listening to and studying instrumentals. I believe that if you listen to other artists too much then you will begin to pollute your mind. Then, your music begins to sound like everything else that is in the industry. So to avoid doing so, I stopped listening to most artists half of my life ago. Don’t get me wrong, I still listen to new music….just not repeatedly. People enjoy my music being pure without any outside influence and I like it that way. There are artists that I respect and like, but “influence” is such a strong word. I’m only inspired by myself because I can only aspire to be myself.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
RELY EMERSON: It is different, classy, and full of passion. My music is only in place to make you love the person you are holding hands with. Anything less is sub-par.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
RELY EMERSON: My style, performance, and work ethic make me stand out for the most part. Most people have no idea what I am about to do when I step on stage and the suspense and tension between us is amazing. Most artists just make music and show up for their show, perform, and go home. My performances, however, take a lot of time and preparation for myself. The breaks, when to dance, when not to dance, voice inflection, microphone dynamics, crowd involvement, eating right, and most of all having fun are all factors of putting on a Grammy worthy performance each night. Making music is fun and all but I am trying to sell tickets as well. I don’t go to a concert to see an artist hop around aimlessly on stage until the end. I go to see a show and that is what I expect of myself…to put on the absolute best show you have ever seen WITH the greatest music you can possibly hear. So I guess it is my work ethic with my music as a whole. I don’t just stop at the music. I go that extra mile for my fans.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are working on?
RELY EMERSON: I am currently only working on releasing singles. I release a new single every 2 weeks. The newest single, “Love My Lady”, is simply about not being able to live without your woman. Technology has completely changed the way artists release their music. We are moving so fast now-a-days to where no one has time to sit down and listen to a complete album anymore. People are more about playlists and picking exactly what they want from the bundle. To cope with industry changes, I release music 5 minutes at a time.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
RELY EMERSON: My only goal is to get 10 Grammys within the next 5 years. I have no urge to break into acting until I have long retired from recording and performing. Within 10 years, I see myself still traveling and performing with more than those 10 Grammys under my belt. One of my smaller goals would be to walk Floyd Mayweather Jr. out at one of his fights. That is truly when you know you have made it.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
RELY EMERSON: The best way to contact me is on my main website: www.relyemerson.com
I am also on Facebook under “Rely Emerson” and Twitter: @RelyEmerson
Just type my name in to a search engine and you will find me.
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