Emma Lee

Singer, Songwriter

Emma Lee is a North Carolina-based American singer/songwriter

Ready, Set...

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did do...
— Twain

So I have some pretty {very} big news... but first- let me say I'm slightly embarrassed to acknowledge the amount of time that I allowed to lapse between my last update and now... yikes... BUT I will say it isn't because I've been lazy- I've been the busiest and most driven in the past 6 months than I have ever been in my whole life.

The big news is that as of yesterday, October 10, 2014- I officially left the corporate world and my great position with Ralph Lauren as a business analyst, and I am now a self-employed, full-time MUSICIAN. Wow. Here goes nothing...

It's been a long time coming for me; something that I've always known in the deepest parts of my being that I would pursue one day. There were times throughout my life {more often than not} that I would've told you I had given up taking music seriously, or that I could never picture myself having the guts to follow such a calling. I was classically trained as a Soprano I from the time I was  11 until I graduated high school. I think somewhere in those years it became more of a job to me than anything- hours spent on Saturdays and up late on school nights practicing the trills and runs in complicated Italian arias while giving up social time and "normal kid" things with friends more than I care to remember.

By the time I got to college, I chose Broadcast Journalism as my major and didn't think twice about leaving music behind. But I still found myself playing my guitar & singing late at night. I still came home over school breaks and sat down at the piano to run through some old vocal exercises I had done too many times before. I still couldn't stop singing during EVERY part of my day... (seriously, ask any of my friends, ex-roommates or family members- I don't stop). It became clear to me, slowly but surely, that my singing was such an inextricable part of my soul- I finally realized that nothing gave me more internal peace in times of turmoil, stress or change than music, and practicing music. Now it was just up to me to embrace my gift.

It wasn't like a light switch went off in my head, and I suddenly thought "Gee, this is my passion and my purpose, I'm going to give up everything else, throw caution to the wind, and just do it!" No! One thing I know about myself is that I don't make quick, rash decisions, especially when they mean big change- I actually used to be terrified of too much change. The decision to follow my passion began so small. The difference was, that I changed my outlook and my approach to how I wanted to live my life. I realized more than ever after holding 2 different jobs out of college, that life is nothing more than a series of decisions we make for ourselves that cut a unique path that is, eventually, the sum of our life. I simply decided that I was going to take mine into my own hands and do exactly what I wanted to do with it.

It has been an exercise in willpower, drive, planning, commitment, hard work, patience, time, sacrifice and so much energy. For the last 9 months, I have been working days, nights, most weekends, and every moment in between getting myself ramped up to be able to take on this next step. I have begun making incredible connections that have opened up some exciting doors already. I have played my heart and lungs out for willing audiences all over this town and some others for hundreds of hours. I have sat up late and gotten up early to practice, write, network, update social media, you name it- all while having a full-time job (with a net 1 hour daily commute). If you had talked to me a year ago and told me I would've spent the next year of my life that way, I would've absolutely not believed it. I was having trouble keeping myself from falling asleep as soon as I got home from the office, much less building the foundation for another career on the side! BUT all of this is to say- where there is passion, love and willpower, there will always be enough time and energy to get it done. It sounds cliche, but when you have that thing that keeps you going and makes you tick, it doesn't "feel" like work... it truly doesn't.

Some people have reacted to this news by saying "Wow- I can't believe you have the guts to do this, you don't hear of many people gathering up the courage to actually follow their dreams." My response is always the same- it eventually didn't even feel like a difficult choice I had to make. It honestly became my own sort of manifest destiny, and I was just obediently following and tripping along in the direction of the strongest pull I've ever felt in my life.

So it all starts here... I will be devoting myself to music now every day, finally able to give it my all. I can't wait to update you all on what my day to day life is going to start looking like, the upcoming events/shows I have planned and where this journey is going to go - and you can trust that I will be MUCH more active with posting blog/vlog updates, music videos, original songs, etc.! I'm so excited to develop a closer relationship with those who have been following me (in person and on the web)- your attention and support of my endeavors has been one of the most amazing things to be able to experience through these beginning stages, so thank you. 

Lastly I want to give some recognition to my closest friends and family. Your absolute faith in me and unwavering support has been maybe the most vital thing keeping me afloat through it all. I will never be able to fully express how much you mean to me. 

Well I think I've said enough for now... I'm now off to get ready for a private house party I'm playing tonight :) So goodbye for now- I'll be back very soon with more to share!

xoxo, 

EL

...so throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
— Twain
  Packed up and left the cube for good. Great cube, great company, great people... but you just can't write a hit song under the glow of fluorescent lights ;)

Packed up and left the cube for good. Great cube, great company, great people... but you just can't write a hit song under the glow of fluorescent lights ;)

  Toasting to the unknown!! Some of my bests came out to help me kick-off my new life in usual 20 something fashion... Let's just say we did it right- I'll spare the details!

Toasting to the unknown!! Some of my bests came out to help me kick-off my new life in usual 20 something fashion... Let's just say we did it right- I'll spare the details!

  First time I ever performed on stage... Cater Elementary in Temple, Texas circa 1996... Who knew? Let's hope this little cowgirl would be proud

First time I ever performed on stage... Cater Elementary in Temple, Texas circa 1996... Who knew? Let's hope this little cowgirl would be proud