Em comes out “Dear Life”
(LOS ANGELES, CA) – In a time when young pop artists were hungry and something important to share, the New Jersey-born singer / songwriter Em (Emily Wachspress) delivers with her music and message in her latest album, “DEAR LIFE”, a red-haired breeze of mood, truth and pop soul. “This album represents a great chapter in my life of growth and empowerment,” said Em.
Following the crossover pop and urban hits of his single “Say What You Mean”, a second captivating offering titled “Hear Your Love” is about two lovers – eternally united, whether physically separated or even separated by lives. As with all Em songs, it comes with an epic video.
“My family is from Russia, so I’m taking them back to the mid to late 1800s, when my motherland started to thrive in the arts – our ‘romantic’ era. ‘
The lead single from “DEAR LIFE” was the dynamic “Say What You Mean” which was promoted with a sultry and supernaturally haunting video directed by Parris Mayhew. Em is in a provocative gown, her raven hair streaked with white and dark red lipstick showcasing haunting green eyes and mystical elements such as ghostly clones, tarot cards, and transforming raindrops. in tears.
“Say what you mean” is wanting someone to love me with all the fibers of their being… to be as sure of our love as I am, ”she adds.
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The title song “DEAR LIFE” is about the universality of trust in a higher power. “It was inspired by a near death experience,” Em admits.
Em collaborated on the entire “DEAR LIFE” project – a coming-of-age meditation – with music producer Chris Young. Em’s previous EP, “PATHWAY TO AETHERIA”, was also produced by Chris Young, only then was she pursuing a musical direction that she describes as “indie-world”. Her quirks in the past were the double result of her being so openly influenced by artists of various genres and the familiar old script of her producers orienting her towards styles that were already working for other young singers.
Em has absorbed the work of artists ranging from progressive women such as Carly Simon, Stevie Nicks, Alanis Morissette and P! Nk to introspective male writers Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Don Henley, Michael Jackson and Drake.
“Em is an old soul when it comes to artistry, songwriting and performance. I’ve written with Oscar nominees and platinum songwriters, but Em’s talent and professionalism are among the top. She’s a future force to be reckoned with, “said Michael B. Sutton, former Motown editor | Producer – Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Cheryl Lynn and more.
“DEAR LIFE is an album-driven project,” Em concludes. “My mission is to help people heal and feel connected – closer to God and their truth.” The album debuts October 22, 2021 on The sound of LA.
Everywhere she goes, singer / songwriter Em wears a ring on her finger with one word: Truth. This ring is a resounding symbol of her coming to self-knowledge as a young woman who has been a recording and performing artist since the age of 12. Born in Jersey, Em (short for Emily) creates musical and visual performances that speak one hundred percent of her heart and mind.
At the age of 4, little Emily is taken by her grandparents to a dazzling Britney Spears concert. Eight years later, at the age of 12, she found herself at the Westlake recording studio in Los Angeles with producer Andy Ditaranto (of Disney Fame) singing exactly into the Studio C microphone on which Britney had recorded hits. Although her father, a very conservative doctor (now deceased), urged her to pursue a traditional university education, her mother – once a jewelry designer who gave up her art for marriage – instilled in Em not to follow in her footsteps this way, but go for her dreams with all the passion she had in it. Em and Ditaranto worked together for six years until her death in 2014, which left Em stranded, unfinished and unsure of herself.
Over the next few years, Em worked on dozens of songs with producers and engineers, including Tony Papa (Willie Nelson, James Brown, “Weird Al” Yankovic). Then a connection with Chris Young resulted in several songs leading to a groundbreaking composition called “Grace”. This inspired a stint and sabbatical in Woodstock in upstate New York where Em’s songs began to take on a more mature sound and meaning, reminiscent of the strong female voices of before the Em’s time in the 50s, 60s and 70s. “Woodstock turned out to be a very magical place,” Em marvels. “We would ask for something and the next day… it would show up. I’ve been writing since I was 16 but I’ve never had such an experience – a time that was my university. Em has also made key performances at World Café Live’s “Love Fest” in the “Philly Rising” series (2017-18) and has been voted twice to perform at Durango Songwriter’s Expo.
“Every time I write and every time I am in the recording booth, I know without a shadow of a doubt that this is the fate of what I was put here on Earth for,” Em concludes. “My mission is to help people heal and feel connected – closer to God and their truth.”