Talent in others is easily recognizable by those that have it. Accepting these terms leads us to believe that Emanny, a New York native, is a very talented musician with a great future ahead of him. The R&B crooner has worked with greats such as Donnell Jones, Tank, Gerald Levert, Trey Songz, and Patti LaBelle. The artist’s career began in his early teens and had blossomed into what is sure to be a fruitful career. Recently, the artist released his long-awaited EP Ms. 4:00 AM. As soon as the album dropped, listeners were blown away by Emanny’s vocals, which are reminiscent of a New Age Joe combined with Jon B.
Recently, we had the opportunity to sit down with Emanny and discuss how he got where he is today, who inspired him, and what he wished his fans knew.
Q: Why did you realize you wanted to pursue music as a career when you were 14 years old?
A: It was more like 13. I enrolled in Choir Academy of Harlem high school. The school is famous for being the home of the “Boys Choir of Harlem.” Before I attended, I liked to sing, but being part of this organization in high school helped develop my path and made me a true artist.
Q: How did being a New York native affect your musical career?
A: My pursuit of music as a career probably would have developed no matter where I was born and raised. However, I will say being a New York native has affected the type of artist I am. For instance, the way I speak, the words I use, and the topics I choose as inspiration let everyone know I’m representing New York. I’m proud of where I got my start!
Q: Who inspired you as an artist?
A: First and foremost is Michael Jackson. He’s number one on my list. From the very beginning to today, I studied him and continued to do so. Just the other day, I was watching old clips of him performing and doing interviews at 5 am in the morning. I’m an insomniac and do stuff like this all the time. Other artists that have inspired me include Babyface, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Donny Hathaway, and many others. I owe so much to those guys.
Q: Tell me about your first stage performance. Take me back…where was it? Who were you with?
A: My first performance was as a child. It was so long ago that I’ve forgotten the details. As a professional artist, my first stage performance was when I was 15. I was a part of DyNaste. We debuted during one of Boys Choir of Harlem’s summer shows. The show was in Saratoga Springs, New York. It was a sold out crowd, and I was beyond nervous. The set started in the middle of the crowd, and I was the first voice to hit the mic. My most vivid memory of that moment was just thinking to myself “Don’t F*** Up.”
Q: What is one thing you wished your fans knew about you?
A: I want them to know how much I appreciate them. I’ve never taken their support for granted. There have been times in my career where fans’ support has been the only reason I’ve continued. I don’t know if I’d still be pursuing musical professionally if it weren’t for my fans.
Q: What else would you like to say to your fans?
A: Thank you! Without my team and I would have never been seen or heard. I appreciate that. I also want to thank each and every person that supports me. This includes the supporters I know and the ones I don’t. To me, making music is a passion. Having my music enjoyed and heard is a blessing that I’m eternally grateful for. I can’t wait to see what the future holds, and I hope all of my fans are there to watch the magic happen.
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