Hello VENTS, Thanks for having me. I am well considering facing life’s challenges everyday. I’m making music, my family is well and meeting new cool people everyday..
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Special Time (ft. Saunders Sermons II)”?
I have a new single out now featuring a long time friend and multitalented and Grammy Award-winning musician Saunders Sermons II. We worked all over the world together and it was time that I wrote something we could collaborate on.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
What inspired this song was the event of pursuing Love more deeply. It’s the idea of going from independent to partnering up. 2 Hearts are stronger together than one in my opinion..
Any plans to release a video for the single?
I’m glad you ask, I am excited to let the world know that an animated lyric video will be releasing very soon. It really captures the story in detail.
How was the recording and writing process?
Special Time came about during an extensive touring period with Gregory Porter and I was missing family and feeling the distance from home.
I was listening to lots of old school soul music and the words just came to me. The music came as I wrote the lyrics. Recording with my busy schedule was the most difficult as I’m on the road for approximately 280 days of the year.
After getting all the parts replayed by amazing musicians such as Rocco Palladino on bass (D’Angelo) Cory James (keys) & Andrew Bailie on guitar (Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles) along with my scratch vocals, It was ready to send to Someone that can really bring it to life vocally…
What was it like to work with Saunders Sermons II and how did he come on board?
It was very easy and creative to work with a professional such as Saunders. He was down with my approach from a producing stand point and really nailed it. The thing about working with great musicians is they always put their stamp on your direction. Saunders Sermons II was the man I new could pull Special Time off into the right vibes and direction.
How your upbringing has influenced your music?
The influence of my parents, grandparents and later on school,have all had a role. My Parents kept my siblings and I in Church where we sang and played instruments. My Dad’s dad, my Grandfather had a Drum & Bugle Corp which is a professional marching band. When summer came we basically toured around nationally playing parades and shows for the entire summers, since I can remember. My Mom’s Mother, my Grandmother, was a gospel recording Artist and hometown hero in our hometown of St Louis MO.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
The new single definitely means new music. I’ve been a successful side man and key contributor to many high profile and successful bands and the time for me to write, collaborate and put out records is now! I have an EP that will be released later in the year (Oct) with a couple of singles dropping over the next couple of months.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
We have new single – Luv Hurt set to release late July, this tune is a good vibe and Ft. Chris Turner aka Love Child.Another single, Dear Old Past (ft Kenneth Whalum) will be out in Late August and then the EP release (currently untitled) is set for mid to Late Oct.
We will be doing some shows in LA, St Louis and NYC – TBA…Stay Tuned!
What aspect love and other themes would you be exploring throughout the material?
In the EP release, topics covered are relevant to what’s going on in everyday life in 2017. True Need speaks of the thing we all needs most, support, realness, loyalty and genuine connection. Dear Old Past speaks of the strength and knowledge of yesteryear but the eagerness and will power to pursue a better future. Looking Forward Is a piece speaking to what the world needs now among the chaos, selfishness and ones sided reasoning’s in the right now.
Overall the EP looks to explore these themes of how we can push through and be better people in a time of uncertainty. To encourage community and support of one another and to try and better ourselves each day to contribute to positive atmosphere and environment in and around us.
Any plans to hit the road?
Currently the touring I’m doing with Gregory Porter is quite extensive however, we will be doing some shows in LA, St Louis and NYC around the EP release – TBA…Stay Tuned!
What else is happening next in Emanuel Harrold’s world?
I’m writing music like a mad man! In every spare moment I focus my energy to creating. I desire to write some impactful music for emerging artists & musicians as well as established artist alike. I prefer not to be bound by pigeon holing into 1 genre but like to write and tell stories in the medium of music. I am about collaborating with great people and musicians who understand the power of music and all around want to get great music out.
I now have some really dope merchandise, T- Shirts, Earrings, Pins designed by Pip Ryan aka PBLC.FGR and I just designed a pair of custom sneakers that I want to share very soon for those who want to support this movement called BeBop 2’s.
My range is also focused on expression of style and each piece is collectable and unique. We will have some special lines coming out with the E.P launch. Our Pins and earrings are a collaboration between PBLC.FGR and HAUS OF DIZZY – a local Jewellery designer in Sydney whose work is real fresh. All merch is available through my website www.therealemanuelharrold.com
Lastly I want to give back to the community when the time presents its self. It’s a great and integral Mentoring as tutoring program call Strength and Honor mentoring (SAH.org) in my home town. Helping young boys grow into good Men. I am in my little world trying to make a difference!