Emily King Says to ‘Walk in My Shoes’

Posted 9 years ago by
Tags: Emily King,
Download DJBooth's new App, The PLUG
Emily King
East Side Story IN STORES TBA
J Records

Myspace: www.myspace.com/emilykingmusic
E-Card: www.jrecords.com/ecard/emilyking

Committed to finding the common ground between rock and soul, black and white, hip-hop party music and songs of protest – talented young New York-based singer and songwriter Emily King has completed her debut album for J Records. Entitled EAST SIDE STORY, the album will arrive in stores on Late 2006, preceded by the first single pick, her self-penned “Walk in My Shoes.”

The offspring of two internationally renowned jazz singers – one Italian, one African-American – 20-year old Emily was exposed to music since early childhood. The mean and loving streets of the lower eastside (where she still lives) were her nurturing ground, and imparted a world view that can be felt on songs like “Business Man” (a commentary on heart¬less capitalists, and the first song she completed) and “Colorblind,” the last song she wrote for EAST SIDE STORY. It is also the one that most directly addresses her experience as the child of a bi-racial marriage. “I think that song really brings it all together,” she says. “It sums up what I’m about, where I’m from, and gives an idea of the passion behind what I’m doing.”

Throughout EAST SIDE STORY, Emily’s eclectic range of heroes and influences can be recognized, from the Beatles and Nas to Sarah Vaughan and Radiohead, from Michael Jackson to Neil Young. “Every record that I’ve ever heard has been an influence on me,” she says, “there are so many things in this world to talk about.” From banging around on a guitar in her apartment to performing on the local folk club circuit at such noted venues as the Bitter End and CBGB’s Gallery, Emily’s musical vision grew. It soon encompassed hip-hop as she met producer Chucky Thompson, a member of Bad Boy Entertainment’s famed Hitman studio team who had recorded smashes with the likes of the Notorious B.I.G. and Mary J. Blige.

Emily was signed to Thompson’s production company and her first round of demos got the attention of J Records. Work on her album proceeded over nearly two years, as she collaborated with such notable producers as Salaam Remi and Marsha (from acclaimed rap duo Floetry). EAST SIDE STORY brings together Emily’s roots as a singer-songwriter with soul-drenched vocals and fluid hip-hop beats – resulting in a truly special blend, a place where the coffeehouse meets the dance floor.

Emily’s life and personality suffuses her music, from the undulating “Walk in My Shoes,” to “U & I,” the latter based on the story of her “biggest influence,” her parents. There is the gorgeous, yearning “Hold Me,” while “Ride” is described as “a nice easygoing song with a basement reggae feel to it, and a real Beatles influence.” Emily also delivers a sultry cover of Bill Withers’ classic “Ain’t No Sunshine.”

“I’ve always been an observer, I’ve always really tuned in to people and their stories, their feelings,” she says. “I’m just finding my own culture within myself. We have a lot of division in our society, but I was never raised like that. I feel like what I’m doing right now is going to bring a lot of people together.”

Listen to 'Walk In My Shoes':
Windows Media (Hi)
REAL Player (Hi)
Quick Time

Emily King  

Get The PLUG app by DJBooth and get the best hip-hop writing and news delivered daily.

Featured Video

Hip Hop News

How Royce da 5’9” Had the Best Album Rollout of 2016

In the age of the surprise release, album roll outs still matter and Royce da 5'9" did it best with "Layers." Read More
Posted 9 hours ago by Yoh

Fear, Exhaustion & One Artist’s Admission He Needs Crowdfunding Help

A lost job, mounting bills, one artist is determined to make his best music yet despite a world of setbacks. Read More
Posted about 12 hours ago by Jason James

“This Is Not the Internet”: Joe Budden, Pokemon Go & the Fading Real World

These Drake fans almost died because they rolled up on Joe Budden like he was a rare Pokemon. Thanks internet! Read More
Posted 12 hours ago by Nathan S.

YG & Nipsey Hussle Fight The Power With “F.D.T.” Performance

YG continues to follow in the footsteps of N.W.A. and Ice Cube with a controversial late night TV performance. Read More
Posted 13 hours ago by William E. Ketchum III
Sample Text - Sample Link




Discover the best new songs, videos, and albums added to the Booth.