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Melody's Miscellaneous: Interview with Emily Noel

Hailing from Bethlehem, PA, Emily Noel packed up everything she had in her car and made her move to Nashville, TN in 2020, following her dream and continuing the pursuit of a music career. This was the inspiration behind her Nashville debut single "Hometown Hero."

Emily Noel is a five-time Josie Music Award nominee and five-time Lehigh Valley Music Award nominee. She and her band deliver a wide array of content, including a mix of originals and classic covers - making them perfect for any gig. She is quickly digging her heels into the Nashville music scene, but her most memorable gig to date was opening for Sam Grow back in PA in October of 2021.

Her newest single "Smoke and Mirrors" was released on all digital platforms on April 15, 2022 and we recently had the opportunity to chat with her about her journey so far!

Your debut single "Hometown Hero" was inspired by your move to Nashville from Bethlehem, PA. How else has moving to Music City influenced your songwriting? Gosh, So much! I think being surrounded by music and songwriters all the time since moving here has definitely taught me a lot and has also motivated me to step out of my comfort zone with what I normally do and write.

You have really been showcasing your talent by playing at popular venues around town. You sing everything from Miranda Lambert and Shania Twain to Nirvana and Lenny Kravitz. What are some of your favorite songs to cover?

I would say the ones I am having the most fun with right now is "Little Red Wagon" by Miranda Lambert and "Valerie" by Amy Winehouse.

What musicians have influenced your life and career the most?

That's a tough one. I have been inspired by so many bands and artists over the years, but I would say since starting my musical journey here in Nashville and making the switch to be more in the genre of country my top 3 influences and inspirations are Miranda Lambert, Carly Pearce, and Morgan Wade.

What is the most difficult part about being a musician?

For me it's going through the highs and lows of the music industry and overcoming the bouts of self-doubt. Being a musician definitely feels like being on a roller coaster some days. You get really great news one minute and the next minute you are getting an email of rejection haha. But I wouldn't trade the feeling of the highs and success for anything. It makes it all worth it.

What else does 2022 have in store for you?

I am so excited to be starting on my EP! I will be in the studio in a few weeks here to start the debut single off of it "This is my Year." Along with putting out more music, I plan to just play new places with my band and write as much as possible!

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