Musicians have been covering other artist’s songs for as long as music has existed; there are songs that you don’t truly appreciate until another artist takes it on and makes it their own. Most of the times the newer version draws out the original’s complexities in a way you never would have noticed before. Youtube Musician and songwriter Emma Heesters, can make everyone fall in love with her magical voice during covering a song.
In an exclusive interview to Journalist Anna Krith, she opens up about her background by revealing that she quit her studies in order to follow her passion and focus on music, her thoughts on being an artist in today’s world and comments on Jennifer Lopez’s (JLo’s) contribution. She also, dreams a record duet with Charlie Puth and makes known that in 2017 she will realize her own music.
From Business Administration to Music Industry
The beautiful Cover Artist, was born and raised in a small town in the south of the Netherlands and started studying Business Administration but soon she realized that she wanted to chase her passion. She says “I’m born and raised in the south of the Netherlands. I’ve got one older brother and my mother was a speech therapist and my father a music teacher. After high school I went to university to study Business Administration but after two months, I figured it wasn’t for me and I started to chase my dream in the music industry.
Before Heesters, became a singer, she drew inspiration from a wide –ranging list of artists including Latina pop star Jennifer Lopez. “I remember watching a concert of Jennifer Lopez on TV over and over. I was so young, I couldn’t point out why I loved it so much but I just knew I LOVED watching her; the music, the choreographies, the clothing, the dancers, all the people in the arena. It was magical for me. I still think Jennifer Lopez is a tremendous entertainer and she still inspires me every day”.
Collaborations and cover songs
The singer says that one of her favorite cover songs is “Let Me Love You” by DJ Snake ft Justin Bieber but reveals that she is about to release her own music. “It’s (Let Me Love You) a song I really love and I like the fact that I was able to make my own version of it. It also did quite well on the internet which brought me exciting opportunities but 2017 is going to be about releasing my own songs while still covering songs on my YouTube channel” and she adds “I would love to record something with Charlie Puth (he once commented on a video of mine haha) and also to work with Martin Garrix”.
Nevertheless, the insanely talented artist writes a variety of songs but she states that her tracks suit better to other singers. “I always like to try and write songs for myself but sometimes they can sound better with other artists. I’ve had the chance to give these to other singers from the Netherlands. My dream project is to tour the world and have the chance to meet all of my fans” Heesters explains.
The Importance of being an Artist in today’s modern world
Being an artist means putting your best feet forward every day to create things that makes a difference; whether that difference is for you, or for others. Heesters, shares her own opinion on the very notion of art that continues to stir controversy. “I sometimes have the feeling, I want something that everyone seems to want at the moment. One of the most important things for me, is to entertain people and make them feel something, and I think 100 years ago (when maybe less people wanted to be a singer) I would’ve thought the same. I genuinely believe nowadays it’s great that we have the internet, but if I would’ve lived in another era I’m sure I would’ve find a way to pursue my career anyway”.
The “different” daily routine
Being a singer requires devotion and a lot of hours of practice but what does Heesters, do when she has some free time? She notes “Not a day is the same so these are the things that can be in my day; most of the time I’m recording songs, preparing these songs for performances. I try to go to the gym four days a week and I have singing lessons, meetings, dance classes, recording videos, performing, editing my videos and I’m constantly thinking of ways to improve my content that I put out on the internet” and then she continues by sharing her favorite movies and TV Series “I love “Gossip Girl”, “PLL”, “Nashville” romcoms and in general, any movies that are about music. I also like to watch documentaries”.
Goals and performance in Greece
The beautiful teenager says that expect from releasing her own music, her other main goal for 2017 is to grow her social channels and reveals that she wants to perform in Greece. “I can’t wait to perform in Greece and experience the Greeks lovely culture and of course those famous salads”.