Emily Perry has practically been dancing since she could walk. Performing for the first time at the tender age of four was simply the beginning of what would blossom into a prosperous career.
Perry’s keeps solid company as she’s already worked with veteran producers who’ve crafted mega-hits for Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Jason Derulo, and more.
It’s a no brainer why the Australian pop star’s latest singles – “Walk in Silence” and “Summer on Lock” have both have charted, proving to be a rousing showcase in her abilities to produce eclectic and lush harmonies.
What specific moment in your life sparked your interest in pursuing a music career?
My music actually stems from my dance background. I’ve been dancing since I was a bubba and from there I transitioned into music. Dance is my way of expressing my thoughts and feelings, bringing those emotions out and giving them life through movement. My music is an extension of that. I started to really develop as an artist and plan for a career in the music industry during my teenage years. I couldn’t imagine doing anything different with my life…and I still incorporate dance elements into my performance.
What was the transition like from Australia to LA?
It was definitely a big transition! Leaving home and pursuing my career on the other side of the world was a lot to deal with but I wouldn’t change a thing. Everyone I’ve had the privilege of working with has definitely helped me to adjust to the industry in the US and shape me as an artist. As well as that, everything I have experienced and had the opportunity to be a part of has 100% influenced my music and persona as an artist. The dance community in LA has also been a big part of improving my overall performance ability/style.
“Walk In Silence” is definitely a powerfully driven song. In a time where the “Me Too” movement is really gaining traction, what does this song mean to you?
“Walk in Silence” was my third single release. I was so thankful for the response it received! I wrote this song with my amazing producers, Joe Cruz, and Cindy Valentine. It has a mid-tempo, contemporary pop vibe. Lyrically this song means a lot to me. It’s very prominent with everything going on in our industry today. Walk in Silence is about NOT being silenced, having your voice heard and loving every little thing about yourself. It hit #13 on the Billboard Dance Chart and I’m just so thankful that it got to reach so many people.
Often times, artists use music as an escape from reality but you’ve chosen to embrace transparency. Why is it important for you to be honest and vulnerable in your music?
It takes courage to be vulnerable, to open yourself up to other people’s opinions of your work, of you and of your worth but it is only by being open and vulnerable that people can truly know you. I also know that one of the reasons I make music is for other people – for others to create their own story and interpretation. A lot of my music is really fun and if I’m not having fun with it then the audience isn’t going to have fun. That’s one of the reasons why I always have my crew dancing with me…so we can really create a space for everyone to release their energy with us.
If you could tell your younger self-anything now, what would you tell her?
I would tell her to not care about what people think of her. I would tell her to surround herself with people who are positive and lift her up. I am so much happier in my life now that I’m being 100% myself and not letting other people’s negative opinions of me affect my daily life or my professional stylings. Remember, when someone is putting you down, it’s a reflection of them, not of you.
You’ve just finished a tour – congratulations on that by the way – in over a dozen cities to raise awareness for arts and music programs in public schools. Can you speak a little more about that?
Thank you! Yes, I have just finished a five-week tour with “High School Nation” across North America which I loved! The High School Nation Tour is a traveling festival that visits high school campuses introducing the students to opportunities in music and the arts. We take over the football stadium on each of the campuses and present a 2-hour concert and festival with interactive zones. By partnering with the top brands in music production, the students at each school gain access to today’s newest audio technology as we donate the gear and software needed for a fully functional on-campus recording studio valued at more than $10,000 to each school we visit.
It was incredible giving back to the students and it allowed me to connect with my fans on a more personal level. As artists, we owe so much to our fans and it was a one of a kind experience getting to meet them in person all over the country. Can’t wait to get back on the road in 2019!
What’s your favorite part of performing?
My favorite part would be getting to jump around and really connect face to face with my audience. The energy is so different in a studio compared to being in front of a whole group of people who are throwing endless amounts of energy back at you. Having an audience sing your music with you would have to be one of the best feelings in the world…and I love dancing on stage!
What can we expect from you in 2019?
This year I have a lot more music and various projects ready to release, so stay keen for that!
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Jay-Z to Re-Open New York’s Webster Hall
Just when you thought Jay-Z couldn’t make any more business moves, he pulls out the big guns. The rap mogul is slated to perform the first concert at New York City’s newly renovated Webster Hall. The “B-Sides 2” show will take place on April 26.
The iconic venue owned by BSE Global and Bowery Presents underwent a lengthy 20-month renovation, reportedly adding an elevator among other modern advancements.
Tickets to Jay-Z’s “B-Sides 2” concert at Webster Hall “for Day 1 fans” go on sale on April 19 at 11 a.m. ET. A pre-sale for AMEX cardholders begins April 18 at 10 a.m. ET. Jay-Z held “B-Sides” concerts at New York City’s Terminal 5 in 2015.
Take a look at some of the upcoming show dates below.
Patti Smith on May 1
Sharon Van Etten on May 4
Broken Social Scene on May 16 and 17
MGMT May 22 – 24
Real Estate on June 14
Built to Spill on September 30
Chris Robinson Brotherhood on October 9
REVOLT and AT&T partner for the REVOLT Hip Hop Summit
Revolt and AT&T just announced the launch of the Revolt Hip Hop Summit, expanding the multi-city cultural event inspired by the former Revolt Music Conference to two new markets — Atlanta and Los Angeles — and re-imagining the event to include opportunities for young people to network and develop skills business owners desire.
AT&T will serve as co-creator and exclusive presenting sponsor of the event, expanding its reach and providing greater access for those seeking to become future leaders.
“Now more than ever we need to own our culture,” Revolt chairman Sean “Diddy” Combs said in a press release. “At the Revolt Hip Hop Summit we will empower young people with sessions on the issues they care about. From entrepreneurship and economic empowerment to social justice, we’ll have the provocative conversations not happening anywhere else. With the support of AT&T, we will provide perspective on music and media that could only come from industry veterans committed to our future.”
The event will take place from July 25-27 in Atlanta and Oct. 24-26 in Los Angeles. In addition to showcasing performances from major and emerging artists, the Summit will be an immersive experience in the world of Hip Hop and culture, offering young people real-life networking experience and helping them to develop and hone the crucial skills business owners need to grow their companies.
“One of the hardest parts of breaking into any field is building a network and making connections with people that can help inspire dreams into reality,” said AT&T SVP-advertising and creative services Valerie Vargas in a press release. “AT&T is a longstanding champion of mentorship across both business and entertainment and we hope the opportunities stemming from the Revolt Hip Hop Summit help young people find their place.”
Headliners and ticket sales for the Atlanta and LA events will be announced soon.
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