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Starting an Adventure with Em Rossi – Part 3

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Day 3 was an incredible day! The morning started off with Andrew Josyln and Josh Neumann laying down strings. Aside from piano, strings are some of my favorite musical instruments. The night I had written this song I kept saying in my head, “This song HAS to have strings that will break your heart and mend it at the same time.”

I honestly felt incredibly proud watching Andrew and Josh record on this song. Songwriting has been something that I’ve had to continue working at and wracking my brain with to better myself at. To know that this song was good enough to be produced to this level was beyond fulfilling.

When the afternoon approached, it was time for me to lay down the main vocals. Preparing myself to sing this song in the studio was one of the most therapeutic experiences I’ve ever gone through. I didn’t want to hold myself back emotionally or let my mind/nerves get in the way. I think one of the greatest things that happened was that after all of the thinking and practicing was done, I stood in front of the mic and let go. When I allowed myself to think and not think at the same time I found clarity. It felt like a goodbye I had never had the chance to receive from my dad, and there I was standing there alone in that room telling him that was okay.

When the recordings were done and the studio was turning down there was a moment I will never forget. It had been raining that entire day as the gloomy Seattle clouds blanketed the barn. The exact moment that we finished the session the last rain drop fell, the clouds opened up only around the property, and dazzled the entire place in a massive ray of sunlight. Seriously, I’m not kidding…

The emotional release and confidence boost from the experience of recording/producing this song is both unbelievably surprising and inspiring. I’m so happy to be able to move forward from this song, share the journey with all of you, and then be able to create what the future will bring after this chapter in my life.

I hope this song can be even an ounce to all of you of what it is to me. Thank you so much for being on this journey with me! I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

Much love!

Em

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Time to start the adventure with Em Rossi! (Part 1/3)

Time to start the adventure!

The early wake up call to head to the airport that morning couldn’t tame the buzz that was running through me. Only a few days prior, Ryan Hadlock (producer for Vance Joy, Phillip Phillips, The Lumineers) called me and said he had a possible one week opening in his over booked schedule. Next thing I knew I was flying to the urban coastal landscape of Seattle, a place I had always dreamed of seeing.

The day we arrived we spent exploring the city and the next morning we began our journey outside the city to Bear Creek Studios. Out in the beautiful nothingness that was the countryside, we pulled onto a long windy dirt road. Our car cruised for a minute and then stopped at the large barn I had stared at many times through a computer screen. I was greeted by Ryan and his father who brought me through the doors of Bear Creek Studios for the first time.

I walked in, threw my bag in the corner of the upstairs loft, ran down the steps, and started the first day of production on “No Longer The Same.” I felt like my mind was floating as my body naturally moved through the day. I was still processing the fact that I was even there. Sitting at the bench of a beautiful Steinway, I listened to Ryan and Taylor Carroll, the engineer, talk to me through my headphones. Listening to the first clicks of the track I started to play the piano piece I had written in my hometown bedroom on a small electric Yamaha the week before I moved to Los Angeles.

It felt incredible to hear my finished piano melody playing through the speakers at the main console. I felt like I had finally woken up and fully realized where I was at. Ryan was sitting in his old armchair, a chair that looked like it had lived in the corner of that room it’s entire life, as Taylor was clicking away on the computer working on the day’s recordings. I had to let myself take in that moment because I knew very few artists get the chance to experience it. If only the walls could talk, they would tell stories from artists such as Lionel Richie, Soundgarden, Vance Joy, The Lumineers, Brandi Carlile, and The Foo Fighters.

From the beginning my co-manager said to me, “It’s a marathon not a sprint.” From standing in a tiny studio in Santa Rosa learning to record, to the first years of traveling to Los Angeles when I was 15, to suddenly losing my father and having my family’s life completely change, to knowing in my heart music was what I wanted to do, to getting myself back up to pursue it, and to the hours upon hours of stress, exhaustion, and fear trying to make the first beginnings click. All of us artists are fighting every day to make a career doing what we love. Standing there in the studio that first day was acknowledgment for myself. I could say to myself that I was good enough to be there because I had worked hard enough to get there.

There will be many more days of hard work to come, but this was another door I had opened…

Much love,

Em

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