Interview with talented R&B Musician Emanny

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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.

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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.

Also, check out our interview with R&B Group After 7

Interview with After 7 and their Upcoming R&B Album

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Gold/Platinum, American Music Award & Grammy nominated R&B group After 7 are back in the studio and are presently working on a new album that is expected to be released in 2016. A family affair, After 7 is a product of brothers LA Reid, and Kenneth Babyface Edmonds. The current group is currently composed of Kevon, Kith and Jason Melvins son as opposed to the original group that had brothers Keith Mitchell, Melvin Edmonds, and Kevon Edmonds. Melvin has been away from the entertainment industry for a long time but is currently in the process of recording a new album. I Want You, their new single and new album will be produced and written by Daryl Simmons and Babyface. The positive attention that the single has garnered is simply incredible. Coupled with the fact of father and son being on the same album brings the group full circle. They will be performing live in Newark with Babyface on the 12. You could also catch them on Valentines Love Jam on the 13th with 112, Mint Condition, and Bobby Brown in Indiana.

After taking such a long sabbatical from producing music how does it feel to have the whole group back together in the studio? I mean do you have to work on some things or does it all just come back?

Keith ? Well I believe the experience is not too dissimilar to what we had before. Babyface and Daryl have made it easy for us to get back into our groove. Their approach to our involvement and their process of recording our vocals has given us a good feeling about being in the studio again. Having them gives us confidence that we are going to put out something that is of high quality even before we are finished.

Kevon – I also want to add that the process is made easier having my brother Kenny and Daryl Simmons present as we are family. They have such a good knowledge of us that we know that when we get into the studio, we have work to do, and so we get serious, but they also do not allow us to be too serious with ourselves. We laugh a lot, I mean laughing is one thing that we do a lot in addition to not having anyone stress about the process but just taking it easy. We all acknowledge that laughing at somebody is good, but you also have to be able to laugh at yourself. It is all a process, but we have all adapted to and are familiar with it all by now. So we just put it out there, and I believe we get something special at the end of it all by not being too serious about it.

It seemed the flame of RnB was dying out a little but its coming back stronger, as artists that have been witness to all these happenings, what do you believe makes new songwriters and talented R&B singers gravitate back to the RnB sound?

Keith ? Well, I think you have to know the history of music to get a perspective on how RnB came about and what it represents. Music evolved from the gospel tunes in the Mississippi Delta then developed into the rock n roll era that gave way to RnB. The storytelling though was the vocalization of the experiences of our community and our individual lives. RnB is a representation or represents all those things ? the struggles of African Americans still find expression in RnB and gospel music, through the feelings, the way of singing and the emotions expressed.

Kevon ? We try to satisfy two generations of people that still have an appreciation of RnB.

Concerning the sound of your soon to be released album, about the sound ? what proportion of it would you say is classic After 7, and how much of it would you say has been given a new twist if any.

Kevon ? It is a process that leads to more discoveries and new directions as we go along, but if you were to ask me off the cuff I would say that there are elements that show similarity between the albums, but there are still items that offer a fresh twist through we really prefer not to deviate too much from what we are. We are RnB, and we know and do RnB. People relate to our music because it has a message.? It’s not just about 1 artist who can sing R&B, it’s the entire group that projects the message. It allows us to tell a story, pour out our hearts and in a way that is non-offensive yet in a manner that people can identify with.

Keith ? No, that was awesome

Jason ? No, we are indeed looking to remain consistent with the brand of After 7 that people know us to be. I believe it is critical that we retain our identity.

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