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INTERVIEW: Vicky Emerson

Hi Vicky, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’ve been great! It’s a new year and I have a new album out!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Good Enough”?

I wrote the song as a letter to my children. Most days are good but every parent knows there are and will be rough days.  I want them to know that I may not always get it right but I will always try my best.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I had a rough week solo parenting while my husband was out of town. I was tired, frustrated and overwhelmed with the feeling like I was doing every single thing wrong. As a parent, this feeling passes quickly because life is a whirlwind of busy days and activities. However, I wanted to somehow capture this feeling in a song that could also reassure parents, especially mothers, that it’s OK to have a bad day.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

We filmed most of the song at Wild Sound Studio in Minneapolis while we recorded the song. Selfishly, I have always wanted some video captured of our time in the studio because the recording process is such an enriching creative experience. The rest of the video was filmed at our home.

The single comes off your new album Steady Heart – what’s the story behind the title?

This album is a series of love songs that encapsulate how love can be incredibly beautiful, but how it can also be messy, hurtful and hard. It’s a journey through scenes in my life and some of what I have learned.

How was the recording and writing process?

I was a part of a 12-week Facebook singer/songwriter challenge in the summer of 2016. They gave you a song prompt and then you had a week to write a song using the prompt. It’s true that there is nothing like a deadline! It helped generate a large batch of finished songs and also put me in a place where writing became part of my regular routine. We recorded “Steady Heart” in the summer of 2017 and several of the songs from the challenge made their way onto the album.

Would you call this a departure from your previous musical project?

I would say that the songs still fall under the umbrella of the Americana genre but the big difference between this album and my others is that I produced this album.

What role does Minneapolis play in your music?

Minneapolis is such an amazing city to be a musician. The community is supportive, encouraging and will rally behind its artists to keep the local scene diverse and vibrant. I’m lucky to live here.

What aspect of the #Metoo era did you get to explore on this record?

When the #metoo and #timesup movements began, it was natural to reflect on my own career. As I looked back on my own #metoo moments, I became angry. I was angry at myself for not speaking out and angry to be placed in those situations time and time again. I think you hear my resolve to be treated fairly and stand my ground on songs like “Stone Cold.”

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

The title track, “Steady Heart”, is a love song that I wrote for my husband. We’ve been together almost 13 years and married for ten. It is fascinating how love evolves, is constantly challenged by life events and yet continues to grow.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes! I’m hitting the road regionally for some solo shows and then nationally with the duo, The Home Fires, that I am in with dear friend, Sarah Morris.

What else is happening next in Vicky Emerson’s world?

Watch for a video premier of “The Reckoning!” The theme is women supporting other women and that by lifting each other up we can resonate as one strong voice.

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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