In her latest single “Don’t Wait Up,” singer-songwriter and talented actress Emma Charleston delivers to her rapidly growing fan base a message that we can lean on each other to get us through even the most troubling of times. The studio video of “Don’t Wait Up” is being released as a special bonus to promote Charleston’s eagerly awaited EP Enjoy the Ride, now available online. More information on Charleston is available on her official website.
According to Charleston, “Don’t Wait Up” reflects upon the “claustrophobic feeling” brought on by the onset of winter and the impact of fewer hours of sunlight. She confirms, however, that “if you’re with someone you love, you will get through the darkness and everything will be fine.” Charleston adds that “Don’t Wait Up” is a song about “keeping the faith, even when things seem unwelcoming or difficult.”
Charleston recently performed “Don’t Wait Up” to a rousing ovation at her debut sellout performance at NYC’s famous Rockwood Music Hall, a venue where Lady Gaga, Mumford & Sons, Gary Clark Jr., and Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day have recently played.
The video for “Don’t Wait Up” was recorded at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, where Charleston composed her album of soaring anthems and poignant ballads that reveal a maturity beyond her years. Charleston determined that in order to introduce herself fully to a growing fan base and immerse the listener in the feeling and emotion of the song, “it would be perfect to create a full band live performance.” Many of the gifted musicians who joined her in the studio are Charleston’s close friends, thus enhancing the emotional experience for both the performing artists and listeners.
Charleston grew up in a music-filled house that fostered creativity. At age eight, she made guest appearances at Lincoln Center, singing background vocals with her mother’s jazz quartet. Charleston has since created, performed, and interpreted different styles of music, resulting in her development as a classically trained singer who can also belt out pop, R&B, jazz, and rock anthems.
Charleston has always combined her musicality with her theatrical talents. Her wide array of skills has allowed the multi-talented Charleston to star in, direct, and produce local and regional theatre productions of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Hair, Sweeney Todd, Avenue Q, and Urinetown. She recently produced West Side Story at Berklee.
Charleston is also currently promoting her new EP on SoundCloud, posting cover songs on YouTube, and studying performance and songwriting. Her sophomore effort is available digitally via iTunes, Spotify, and other online sites.