RESPECT. Interview: Songtress Emma Bilyou Talks About Performing At The Apollo & Favorite Music Covers


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Emma Bilyou singer/songwriter, American held, from Orange County, N.Y.  A natural born vocalist, songwriter, and music producer who writes music that you would think come from somebody with much more life experience. Her music has a grooving magical ride that begs for repeated plays.  “It Must Be Love” – the new single release from this self-taught guitarist and pianist, only playing by ear, would make you believe she’s been meeting as long as some of the greats!  Fluent in learning the music of all genres, it’s amazing the diversity of artists Emma listens to and has performed with. Along with the intense viral online reception, all of this has helped shape Emma’s sound and soul put into all of her music.  Radio stations around the country are reacting to her music. “Emmasary”, which was her first, EP, released at age 12, includes a mixture of soul, pop, rock, and hip-hop.  Not only is Emma’s music best, but at age 15, she commands the stage in her live performances, drawing rave reviews from her interview.
Listeners of all ages are always in disbelief that this voice and passion is coming from a 15yrr old. Emma has performed across the tri- state region in many venues, including the famous Apollo Theater in N.Y.C.
RESPECT.: How old were you when you started playing the piano and guitar?

I began playing guitar at age 12 and then started to learn how to play the piano around age 14.

RESPECT.: Can you tell us in your own words how difficult it is playing both by ear compared to just reading sheet music?

Playing by ear is something that has always come naturally to me. It has always been very easy to find the notes and figure out the chords to songs. I’ve had no official training, so I’m not very good at reading sheet music, but I can decipher some notes here and there.

RESPECT.: Being that Little Mix, One Direction, 5 Seconds of Summer, Alicia Keys, Ed Sheeran, and Usher, have been a musical influence on your very young career thus far, do have you any aspirations of working with these talented individuals?

Absolutely. It would be an honor to work with any of those extremely talented artists. They all have unique sounds and they’ve all inspired me in one way or another.

RESPECT.: Where did you get your inspiration for “Nothing Left to Break” and ‘Party All Night”?

 Everything I write is from personal experience. “Party All Night” was actually written by a producer I work with, DJ King James. It’s a very fun party song. I wrote, “Nothing Left To Break.”  It is about a heart break, that left me with no more pieces of myself to offer. If you listen to my newest singles, “Breathe Again” and “It Must Be Love”, you’ll see that I’ve learned how to let go of all the negative influences in my life and as I’m growing up, I look at things in such a different way.
Can you tell what your experience was playing at the Apollo at such as young age?
Playing at the Apollo Theater was one of the most amazing experiences in my life so far!
People that I have idolized my entire life have sung on that stage. Ex. James Brown, Aretha Franklin, etc.. It was such a huge honor and given the opportunity, I would do it again in a heartbeat.RESPECT.: Is there any events this year that we should be aware of?
 Yes! April 30, 2017 -The March of Dimes, March for Babies,  in Monroe, NY, at The Woodbury Commons Premium Outlet. It will be hosted by 104.7 FM!

May 13, 2017 -The 845 Award Show at the Paramount Theater in Middletown NY. I was nominated for Female Artist Of The Year and also Best Music Video of the Year. I also have the honor of opening up the show with a few songs!

RESPECT.: When can we expect an EP or an album from you?

 There is no official date yet, but all I can say is…very soon!
RESPECT.: Out of all the covers, you have done to date which two are your favorite and why?
 “Valerie” by Amy Winehouse has always been one of my favorite covers to sing. That was one of the first songs I ever sang on stage and it means a lot to me because of that.
“All I ask” by Adele would be my second favorite. It is such a powerful song and I feel that I can really connect with the audience when I sing it.RESPECT.: Where do you plan on attending college in the next couple of years?
At this point, it really depends on where I’m living and what I am doing.RESPECT.: What is the message you want to use your platform to deliver to the public? Don’t change for anyone! Always Be Yourself! No matter what the trend is at the moment, stick to what you do/know best and don’t ever give up!




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Washington State Graduate Past Interviews include Grammy Award Winner Kenny G, David Banner, WNBA President Lisa Borders, Whats Trendings CEO Shira Lazar, Ice Cube, NBC's Chicago PD LaRoyce Hawkins, Family Matters Darius McCrary, En Vogues Maxine Jones, Team USA Track & Field Member Norris Frederick, James Kyson, WNBA Great Lauren Jackson, and more.