Emma Garell grew up using her singing voice to speak for her. She lulls the listener into a sense of whispered magic, then out of nowhere, she belts with the power of the greats. Friends have called her Princess of Darkness and Roberta Plant…the truth lies somewhere in between as she takes these influences and finds her own sound. Having a wide range of vocal gifts, you won’t be surprised to hear a wide array of musical styling, all within the power of a haunting voice.
Having grown up watching Hannah Montana, with most musical experiences drawn from her parents’ speakers, Emma soon discovered that the real rock bomb came from Joan Jett, Alanis Morissette, The Pretty Reckless and, at 14, to the discovery of Ozzy Osbourne as she performed for the first time in a Black Sabbath Tribute Show in front of 200 people. Describing her style as “hard rock to soft metal, influenced by classic metal,” the identification of who she was within that rock/metal world was solidified through experiencing Them Evils and Tyler Bryant and realizing that the sounds she was creating had a vast audience.
Her latest release, “Crawl“, is only the beginning of her processing a tumultuous year as she deepens her life experiences and digs deep to find the words that can bridge the gap between the audience and herself.
“The song is primarily about addiction, there are definitely other meanings to the song for me because of the situation I was in when I wrote it. I have been affected by addicts in my life and many of the new songs are about my struggle with watching them. As for the video; Hank the performer and choreographer could have been hurt a few times between climbing around on old beams and tables and rolling around in dirt full of nails and stones.”
Emma is backed by CJ Alicea on drums, Camden Harrahy on guitar, and DJ Sammy P. Stiles on bass. We had an opportunity to do an exclusive interview with Emma herself.
“The drummer, CJ and I met while at School of Rock; he was one of the instructors there. Guitarist Camden and I also met at the School of Rock, he was in my first show. And bassist, Sammy P. Stiles, was the bouncer at a bar where I frequently played. “
“I have always wanted to be a singer, as most little girls do. But it wasn’t until I was 17 that I made a conscious decision to pursue singing as a career.
There never was a real discussion (with her parents – editor’s note), it was always an unspoken understanding that this was what I was going to do with my life.”
“I think the people around me inspire me the most; my partner, my family, hiking and spending time with nature. And Black Sabbath is an endless pit of inspiration with their array of songs.”
Emma also told us, that everybody has their own task in the band, but mostly she is the one who works with the producer. “It is just me and him and occasionally I may bring one of the guys in to play on the song. So, for the most part, they are not involved” – she added. “I am working on more songs currently and have lots of them mastered and ready. I am stuck in between if I should release an album or if I should keep shooting out singles.”
Fun fact: “Sammy P. Stiles (bass) is a man of many talents. He runs a local karaoke like a beast and hosts a funk show on a local radio show. Otherwise, we are pretty lame, when we are together we just talk about life problems. We just aren’t really the goofing around kind.”
Special thanks to TAG Publicity for making it happen.