Hi Emma, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Thanks for having me. I’ve been pretty good. Lots of working from the home studio and walks with my bulldog, Belle.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Shoot For The Moon”?
I wrote this song when I was struggling with what was next in my life. I was so unsure of myself, but I knew I wanted to release music. Someone I really trust told me I needed to make a decision and move forward, when things changed I could adapt but I just needed to go for it. That really hit me. I started moving forward, and just doing the next right thing, I realized I had a lot of the answers I thought I was looking for. SFTM is about trusting yourself, and recognizing we’re all going to make mistakes. Ultimately, each one is a learning experience and as long as you love yourself through it you’re going to come out stronger.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I was actually applying for a job and didn’t get it. It was a long and drawn out application and interview process and I was so stressed the whole time. When I didn’t get it, I actually felt relieved because it meant I could get back to giving my all to the music. I’m big on signs and I took that as one, soon after that I decided to record the EP.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
It was so much fun! Athena Kulb recorded it all on a super 8 camera. She’d just ordered a refurbished one from Japan on Ebay. When she first posed the idea we weren’t even sure the camera was going to work. Thankfully it did and the footage turned out incredible.
The single comes off your new album Citrine – what’s the story behind the title?
I had a great uncle who was an enigma to me when he was alive. After he passed, I inherited his semi-precious stone collection, yellow has always been my favorite color so I was naturally drawn to the citrine stones. I found out later citrine enhances joy and raises self-esteem, which is such a beautiful concept. That’s what I want to impart with this collection of songs.
How was the recording and writing process?
The writing process for this batch was over an extremely transformative time in my life. I went through a few devastating break ups, moved across the country, quit drinking and learned to love myself. It’s a wonderful thing to write a song and have it mean one thing at the beginning, and then come back to it months later in the studio and realize it means something new, something more hopeful.
The recording process was super different. I was working with Handmade Nashville (Chris Gill & Gavin Shea) and the studio closed when the pandemic hit, so we had to get creative. I ended up renting a Sony C800 and a Neve pre-amp and recording all the vocals in my home studio with my boyfriend engineering. It ended up being really freeing because it was on my own timeline, and I learned a ton.
What role does Nashville play in your music?
The community I have here is what keeps me from moving back to Brooklyn. Any day of the week I can call a friend over to hash out an idea. Also, Nashville is one of the few places these days where you can be a struggling musician comfortably. I see the community growing and getting better all the time, which is incredible to be a part of.
How has SADE and Amy Winehouse influenced your writing?
I love Sade’s melodies, they get stuck in my head and capture a mood so well. I get so emotional when I listen to her music.
Amy’s lyrics are so poignant. Whether she’s tongue in cheek like Love is Blind or just raw and real like Love is a Losing Game she’s not afraid to sing exactly how she feels. Her homage-to-old-torch-singer phrasing in a 21st century setting feels absolutely timeless to me.
How did your musical perspective change as you move from Brooklyn over to Nashville?
It really didn’t. I got to know a few more quintessential country songs, but it didn’t change my love for soul, jazz, and rnb. There’s a blossoming pop scene here as well which came as a bit of a surprise, but I love to see it!
What aspect of your own personal life did you get to explore on this record?
It felt very transformative to record “Shoot for the Moon”, when I wrote the song it was an affirmation for myself, a reminder that I had to trust my gut. After recording it I feel like I’m living it. Every song is a time in my life, and finally putting them out has felt like turning the page to the next chapter. I’m very excited for what’s coming.
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
I get some of the best ideas for songs while I’m driving. I’ve lived all over Nashville at this point so sometime’s I’ll drive by a place I used to live and think about that phase in my life with a new perspective.
What else is happening next in Fresh Lady’s world?
I’m working on new music! I hope to spend some time on a socially distanced beach before the summer ends. Also I want to learn some new tricks on my roller-blades.
’Shoot For The Moon’ comes out Sep 25th and pre save available