Emily Hackett just released her By The Moon EP and we were so hooked by her sweet voice and honest lyrics. We talked to the up-and-coming artist about the new EP and what's been inspiring her lately.
Emily!! How did you get started in music?
It was a natural thing in my house. My dad was always playing guitar and listening to records. I started with flute because I thought Jethro Tull was the coolest and such a unique thing to have that instrument be so prominent, but when I realized I couldn't sing and play flute at the same time without a band, I picked up guitar.
Tell me about your EP By The Moon, what’s the story behind it?
By The Moon is the followup to By The Sun and the second half of what makes my debut record. It's the darker, more vulnerable side of me that won't go there with you unless we really know each other. I want my fans to know all of who I am, not just the stuff you see in the daylight. I want them to feel like they can go there too, in their own lives.
Is there a particular song off the EP that has a special place in your heart?
"Gave Him Away" is about a person in my life that I had to let go of from a romantic standpoint but once it was gone I realized I had lost so much by ever crossing that friend line. I knew I was never gonna get back exactly what we had. So much that it made me wonder what it could have been.
This is a magical time for women in country music, how important is it to have more female voices in the genre?
Just as important as it is to have female voices in any industry. It creates balance and harmony. We just bring different emotions to the table that there will always be a desire for, whether the Man will put it on the plate or not.
What has been the biggest challenge for you in the music industry?
Just the human element of mistaking someone else's very specific success in something for the lack of my own, when in reality its just their journey. There's no reason to be jealous. Support is the only necessary thing in this industry. We all need it.
What’s your best piece of advice for young women?
Trust your gut and stop apologizing.