Voice and Guitar Mentor
Twenty- two year old Emma Davis is an artist and musician who relocated to Richmond in 2014 as a transfer student at Virginia Commonwealth University after attending the prestigious Berklee College of Music, where she studied Voice. Growing up in Charlottesville, Virginia, she picked up her first guitar at the age of eleven and began singing soon after. Around this time, she began opening her ears to new sounds and found herself gaining much of her admiration and inspiration from the likes of Lauryn Hill and John Mayer. It gave Emma some of the foundations of her unique acoustic/hip- hop and R&B sound. With this soulful sound, she gained much popularity on the Internet and the Richmond music scene with her unique acoustic and soulful renditions of many popular songs.
It was during her high school years that she gained a background to her methods of teaching and mentoring the youth she works with, when she regularly attended the Music Resource Center, a program that caters to the youth by fostering positive relationships and growth through the expression of music. This opportunity gave Emma much of the background that she learned to utilize in her unique, fun, hands-on approach to teaching, working, and giving back to the youth through music.
Tell us a little bit about your musical background; when you first started, the first experience that made you want to become a musician.
Growing up, I was always surrounded by music. My dad played guitar and piano as well as sang. I began playing piano when I was seven and only played for about three years before moving on to violin. I played violin for about four years and never really enjoyed it very much. I was always very shy about singing in front of people until I was about fourteen. The only person I would ever sing in front of was my Dad. I used to sing with my Dad a lot between the age of ten and thirteen, he would play piano or guitar and I would sing. For Christmas when I was thirteen, my Dad got me my first guitar. I immediately loved playing and wanted to learn as much as possible. Throughout middle school and high school, I learned as many songs as I could and became much more comfortable with singing and performing in front of others.
Who are some of your favorite artists?
Patty Griffin, John Legend, Adele, Dixie Chicks, Anthony Hamilton, Lauryn Hill, Ed Sheeran, Andy Grammar, Musiq Soulchild, Ben Howard, Bob Marley, Dave Matthews Band, and many others.
Who are some of your biggest inspirations, musical, and non-musical?
My Dad, Bob Marley, Adele, Lauryn Hill, Mother Teresa, Patty Griffin.
If you could follow in any musician’s footsteps, who would it be?
This is a hard one. Probably Adele, she is just so talented and carries herself in the best way.
If you had the ability to pick anybody to collaborate with musically, who would it be?
Patty Griffin, Adele, or John Legend.
What are your plans for the future of your music?
To continue to learn and play as much as possible, and become a better musician….as well as become more comfortable with writing my own songs, something I struggle with; perform more, and work towards recording my own album.