I first heard the cover of this on Spotify, where I generally find all my new music but I was struck by how different it sounded to the last time I had heard a version of this song in the film, A Star Is Born (2017) sung by Lady Gaga. I had to find more about this bright 20 year old singer named Emily Watts.
Q: Have you always had a strong passion for songwriting? Can you remember the first song you wrote? Age? What was the song about?
A: I have always loved poetry and songwriting. My first song ever was about eating spaghetti with my family!! Which makes me giggle! I was about 7 years old when I wrote that!!
Q: You are from Arizona…if I were to visit for the first time and you were my tour guide, what would you suggest for me to do, eat, stay, sleep?
A: I am actually from California! I was born there and lived there until I was 11! I would suggest staying in Gilbert, Arizona.. Grab some Raising Cane’s or if you like brunch First Watch! And there are all sorts of places to visit!
Q: You actually released a cover of La Vie En Rose in 2019, which now I believe has been streamed over 6M times…were you hesitant about performing such a classic song considering not too long ago, Lady Gaga, just released this for A Star is Born. Have you always loved this song?
A: I actually originally performed this song a few times before Lady Gaga. And when I heard her version I was definitely intimidated because LG is sooo talented and I grew up listening to her! I do love classics though, and my vocal coach believed it would be a perfect song for my voice. I loved performing this song and the simplicity of it.
Q: Who are some of your musical influences?
A: Easy! Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish and Adele.
Q: Now that COVID restrictions have been easing across the country, do you have any plans on doing a small US club tour? Or more touring locally?
A: My manager is working on planning a concert in Arizona sometime in the future! I have many projects in the works!
Q: What does your family mean to you in terms of supporting you and your music?
A: My family is my rock. I love them so much. They have supported me through it all and are so proud of me and my decision to pursue my career.
Q: If there was a regulation that was introduced into the US that you had to choose 1 social media platform that you could keep and the rest you had to stop using? What would it be and why?
A: It would be Instagram because its more personal and I can keep up with my fans! I answer everyone’s DM’s! I try to!
Q: Do you have plans to release any more music this year & where can fans find your music?
A: I am releasing an EP this year and before that a new cover will drop the same day as my music video for La Vie En Rose.
Well, I’ll be looking forward to that EP and the video.. you can find more of Emily Watts on emailywattsmusic.com and can follow her on Instagram: emwatts101.
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