20 Questions With Emily West

Jim Malec | April 24th, 2008

Armed with a powerful voice, big-time songwriting talent, and a personality as charming as it is fiery, Capitol Record’s Emily West is currently soldiering up the charts with her debut single “Rocks In Your Shoes,” which she co-wrote with Nashville heavyweights Dave Berg and Annie Tate.

(Read The 9513′s review of “Rocks In Your Shoes”)

West recently took the time to answer twenty questions for The 9513–an exclusive interview that finds her contemplating the healing powers of chocolate, the viability of ‘chick singers’, and the important influence of her mother.

Jim Malec: Congratulations on all your current upward momentum, Emily. I thought we’d start this Q&A with a question sent in by one of our readers. Barbara, in Winter Haven, wants to know about the status of your album–have you finished writing for it? Also, a little birdie tells me you finally have a release date.

Emily West: Yes! The little gossiping birdie is right! I have finished the record and it is set to be out on record shelves in the fall of 2008! The album will be self-titled Emily West. I racked my brain trying to think of a cool title for the album, but the only thing I thought up was cheesy and too over-thought. It’s my first album ever, so I am pretty certain having my name sprawled out on the cover of the record is hands-down the best title to go with. (Plus, It’s old-fashion kinda…and ‘old-fashion’ is the ‘new’ ‘new-fashion’.)

JM: On August 23, 2006, you wrote in your blog that you wanted to,…Make an emotional wreck of a record. I want to have the listener laugh, smile and be tappin’ their fingers on the steering wheel while driving…I want them to push the track button over to number three and have to pull their car over while they sit sobbing…I want to move the needle point and make country music interesting like it was when artists like Loretta and Tammy were singing on the radio. I want to be a part of a genre of music and make it timeless and real again.

Did you manage to accomplish all of that?

Emily WestEW: Wow–I had some high expectations for myself, didn’t I? Back then, I was so focused on making a record that was real and authentic. I didn’t want there to be any emotional crumb left out of what I was going through, musically and emotionally. I didn’t want to be a clique and sing about something or someone I knew nothing about. I was hard on myself to make a record that made sense to me and to my emotions. I wanted to be the one who could listen to it and relate with it enough to pull my own car over and sob (or laugh). I wanted to be able to do that with my own music…not even in a vain way, either. As an artist, you could say that there were times of me growing impatient with the record process, but now I am so thankful that it was not rushed and put on the shelves just to be ‘put on the shelves.’

I also didn’t want to grow old one day, look back in the archives of my music, and be too embarrassed to let my own grandchildren listen and appreciate the songs I chose to write, cut and eventually, be performing in casinos. I can honestly say that I have worked so hard on this record, and I am proud of it’s debut. In fact, I look forward to my grandchildren (and the fans of country music), hearing this one day.

JM: Tell me, in more specific terms, about your approach to recording your debut album. What can we expect, artistically? Was there a specific sound or “feel” you were aiming for in the studio?

EW: What can I say? I am a ‘super fan’ of anything melodic. I am lyrically driven as well. I just really worked closely with my producers and writers to create real, honest, uninhibited music. As a writer I tend to work toward a good haunting, strong melody with words that say something different than how the next broad would say it. I’ve always loved classic oldies and contemporary rock. I guess you could say I have my honky tonk moments, with a little bit of emotional rock moments a la carte. It’s all real, and very melody-driven with strong lyrics. It’s not worth wasting my vocal nodes on something that doesn’t speak back to the listeners and rock at the same time. My producers (Jeremy Stover and Mark Bright) knew what they were doing, too. And the musicians, they were key. I wanted to marry all of them.

JM: Of all the songs that made it onto the record, which is your favorite (and why)?

EM: Last time I checked my name wasn’t Sophie. This isn’t Sophie’s Choice and I can’t answer that question. Either way, my favorite song changes on a regular basis. It’s like mood swings with girls–I will change my answer by the time I am through answering it. Plus, it’s like picking between babies. I’m a good mama, and I don’t play favoritism, although, I will say that “Blue Sky” may one day get me out of me renting and actually have me owning.

Emily WestJM: In another one of your MySpace blog posts, you wrote about spending four years,…developing, waiting, holding [your] breath.Was there ever a time, during that period, when you just felt like packing everything up and going home to Iowa?

EW: Hell no! I was just feeling sorry for myself and wanted some blog attention over MySpace. That blog was written before my mom had the infamous “big-girl panty” talk with me, which was the inspiration for my single, “Rocks In Your Shoes.” Ironically enough, that talk–when my mom told me to “put my big girl panties on and deal with it” (and I guess I did)–got me out of the pity phase and got me on the charts!

JM: When you first got signed to Capitol, did you have any idea it would take so long for things to start rolling?

EW: No…but the wait was worth it.

JM: Going back to everyone’s favorite social networking site…in your “storytellers” blog about the song “Annie Gonna Get A New Gun,” you wrote that, after a breakup, you sometimes like toeat chocolate and MySpace all night.Which is better for a bad case of the blues, chocolate or MySpace?

EW: Hips? MySpace. Heart? Chocolate.

This is the last MySpace question (I swear!): As I read through your insightful, candid, frequent, and usually hilarious blog posts, I sometimes find myself thinking, “Emily West is completely crazy.” Are you, in fact, completely crazy?

EW: Yes, but only the ‘good’ kind.

JM: Your given name is Emily Nemmers, right? Why did you change it to Emily West? Was that at the prompting of your label, and did you have any reservations about the switch? Did you ever feel like you were sacrificing a part of your identity?

EW: I changed my name right before I made the big move to Nashville. I just felt like it needed to be done. I debated with myself on whether or not I was going to keep it on the DL or not, but I am such a loudmouth, my plan of keeping it on the DL didn’t pan out. In the beginning, I guess I felt a little guilty for changing it, but not anymore. I’m still, and will always be known as Nemmers to my friends and my family. Heck, I’m kind of like Miley Cyrus and Hannah Montana…without the wig change!

JM: Recently, you were invited to perform on the Opry. What is more overwhelming–hearing yourself on the radio for the first time, or hearing yourself being introduced by Little Jimmy Dickens?

EW: Hearing yourself on the radio will never get old. I’ve only heard myself on the radio once when I was in West Palm, on WIRK, and I’ve only been on The Grand Ol’ Opry once. A girl can only experience so much. To process that all of this is happening in my life now is ridiculous. Both are twisted, surreal dreams that have come true for me. Little Jimmy Dickens kissed my hand, and I was invited back. I am in Heaven and I can’t choose between the pearl gate and the singing angels. All of this is too much. Don’t do that to a girl.

JM: Country music hasn’t been especially friendly to new female artists in recent years. Why do you think that is, and what do you have to do to compete in the currently male-dominated market?

Emily WestEW: There are a lot of new females coming out and I can’t wait until the day we start proving people wrong about ‘chick singerism’. I just think that it’s all about entertainment, great songs and having the “it” factor, which leads to “staying power.” It’s easy to be a trend and have a nice run for a couple months with a hit single, but the “staying power” for women seems to have slacked a little in the past years. It’s been depressing. We haven’t seen anyone rule since Faith, Reba, Martina, and The Dixie Chicks. These women have made it and are already fabulous. I want to see someone break though like these amazing women did, and keep their bullet, enough to become a “high status” act. I am proud to be a chick singer because I know who I am as a woman, and I know that I am more than just a trend sporting a new set of ‘blocks on my chest,’ posing. People want to be entertained in music. The male acts out there are unbelievable, but they can’t compete with us, just like we can’t compete with them. If you ask me, it’s not about if you are a man or you are a woman, it’s if you are bad-ass enough to bring it. I think the industry might have forgotten what the word ‘entertainment’ means for a while. But no worries–we girls are starting to ‘Barbara Mandrel’ our way back into show business, and I am so excited! My emotional batons are ready and waving. Bring it.

JM: What is the hardest part–personally, professionally, or creatively–about being a major label recording artist?

EW: I don’t know yet. I am just starting out. But my first thought from my experience so far would be getting homesick for the simplicity of running errands with my mom in Bellevue. Those times are getting fewer and far between lately.

You’re earning quite a reputation in certain circles for your impersonations of artists like Cher and Celine Dion. Personally, I think your Reba is amazing. Is there anyone you can’t “do”?

EW: Matt Lauer.

Speaking of “Dos” (and “Don’ts”), you were recently called a “Don’t” at the CMT Music Awards. I have no idea what that means. But my question to you is this: When you were a “struggling artist,” you enjoyed anonymity. Has it been difficult adjusting to being in the public eye and opening yourself up to criticism?

EW: No. High school would have eaten me alive if I let it. So I am going to be just fine dealing with the gossip-talk in this business. I was called a “Don’t” by some irrelevant fashion critic that obviously doesn’t know style, because I felt pretty that night. And I don’t care who said what about me. All that is just ‘fun famous people gossip column buzz talk’. You can call me the Bjork of Country Music Bad Fashion–as long as I am not on the “Don’t” list for records, I am floating on a highly fashionable first-class cloud, sippin’ on gin and juice.

JM: Vocal impressions aside, if you had to pick one artist to model your career after, who would it be (and why)?

EW: Linda Ronstandt with Bette Midler on the side. Linda, because her voice was so versatile. She took adventurous chances and cut records that were so different from each other. She sang traditional country, made a ton of rock records, folk, rocked a couple Spanish records, wore roller skates on the cover of one record and sang duets with Aaron Neville! Bette, because she is ‘Bette’. She was “Every Woman” before Whitney was singing about it. She’s so talented and has always been innovative. She’s taking Celine’s stage on Broadway this year, too.

JM: Artists are often defined, at least a little bit, by the company they keep. Who do you hang with? (Here’s your chance to plug one of your friends–give me the name of a singer or songwriter who you really dig that our readers might never have heard of. It has to be someone you know personally).

EW: I have a mixture of friends. I have a fish tank full of people that I enjoy writing with. As I brag and name them, feel free to stalk them on Myspace: Kelly Archer, Kate York, and American Bang…I could go on, but my butt hurts and I’m tired. If you go on my Top 18, you will see a lot more! Go friends!

JM: What’s the single most important thing that the world needs to know about Emily West?

EW: I have an overbite that I adore. I also love to sing Patsy Cline in the bathtub because of good echoing acoustics chiming off my Bellevue tile that’s starting to rust. I love my family and my dogs in a very huge way.

JM: That was three things, but I’ll let it slide. This time. Next question: What is country music?

EW: Shut up.

Country music has been, for a long time, the only genre of music people have felt a need to protect, and to set boundaries on how far a newcomer can go with it. It’s almost like defending your little sister, or not letting anyone mess with your brother. People are proud of country music and are a little hesitant to let anyone take over and change it. But, just like everything else in the world, things evolve–songwriting evolves and production evolves. I am proud that we stay so protective of country music’s integrity, and I do feel that there are different kinds of country music. We are now not afraid to admit that. As far as my definition of what I think country music is, all I can say is what I know–and all I know is that country music, if you need it to, can stab the emotional vein right when you are needing it to bleed. And it’s the only music ever to be able to hit people like that. That’s why I think people are so protective of it. It’s the best music out there. In a world compacted with artificial, plastic emotions, country music still holds up (even with it’s changing evolution) as being the ‘big brother’ that never lets us go through our heartache alone.

JM: I have to say, you have one of the brightest personalities I’ve ever encountered during my time writing about country music. How do you manage to stay so gosh-darned cheery all the time?

First of all, thank you. Secondly, I am my mother’s daughter and she has taught me a lot. I always remember my mom having a smile on her face. Even if it was in the middle of a crowded room, where no one was talking to her, she would still be smiling. Even if it was at a wall. I would walk up to her and say, “Mom! Stop smiling,” and she’d then say, with a smile, “What?” and keep on smiling. She was always so cheery, and I think that just bled down into my personality. If I sleep over at her house, she still wakes me up by clapping her hands and singing, “Rise and shine and give God the glory glory.’

I’m just like her, only I have more of a ‘demented’ personality. In a ‘good’ way. Thank you again though. Actually, ‘Thank my Mom’.

JM: I’m very lazy–so please ask yourself, and then answer, the final question.

What’s your earliest memory of music in the house growing up?

My earliest memory would be me dancing around to Sandi Patty and Annie The Orphan Soundtrack. My sister and I would put our Can Can Slips on and prance and twirl around our old house on Columbus Drive. Ironically, we weren’t aloud to listen to music with too much ‘beat’ in it because we were strong Baptist Church-goers and my folks, becoming new believers themselves, thought it was too much…’beat’, I guess. “Heavy beats” led to provocative thoughts or something. They should have known better, though, because I became what I’ve become today–a Country Music Rock Star chasing ‘beats’ and making ‘beats’. My religious beliefs are having no religious beliefs. I just love Jesus and know that he loves me too. He even lets me ‘beat’ as loud as I want to at my shows. He’s the greatest.

Visit Emily West’s MySpace Page

  1. Rick
    April 24, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    Great interview, Jim. Now that’s the kind of material I want to read in Country Weekly! (lol) During that interview the thought crossed my mind that Carrie Underwood should hire Emily to do Carrie’s interviews as a stand in replacement…..

    Emily has a lot going for her but it all hinges on whether or not Top 40 mainstream country radio decides to embrace her singles. There is such a “me too, follow the leader” mindset in the radio programmer community that if a few large trend setter stations adopt a new artist others are more likely to follow suit. Emily has the talent it takes to succeed, but these days that often has very little to do with whether or not Top 40 country radio will support a new artist.

    Somehow I get the felling Emily would do a bit better than Kellie Pickler on “So You Think You’re Smarter Than a 5th Grader”…….

  2. Leeann
    April 24, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    Great interview!

  3. Chris N.
    April 24, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Oh, start your own damn magazine already!

  4. diver
    April 24, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    Great interview!! Looking forward to seeing her with Bucky Covington. Tickets on sale tomorrow!!

    “HI-99 WTHI in Terre Haute proudly welcomes American Idol finalist Bucky Covington to the Indiana Theatre on Friday, June 20th. The season five finalist will be joined by special guests Jeff Bates, Emily West, and Katie Armiger.

    Tickets go on-sale Friday, April 25th at the Indiana Theatre from 10:00am — 5:00pm (EST). Tickets will be available during normal business hours at the HI-99 Studios and Indiana Theatre box office, beginning Monday, April 28th. Ticket prices are $26.50 for the floor and lower section, and $19.50 for the upper section. This will be a reserved seating show!”

  5. Lynn
    April 24, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    She sounds like a lot of fun. I like a girl with a big personality who can make fun of herself! I’m listening to her EP on iTunes. She’s got a big voice. She reminds me a little of Jo Dee Messina (with a little of the old Martina thrown in).

  6. Jordan Stacey
    April 25, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    I Love her, and I agree that her personality is what sets her apart. Well that and her great voice. I’m hoping that radio catches on to “Rocks In Your Shoes” but it’s already starting to struggle.

  7. Barbara Langford
    April 26, 2008 at 6:36 am

    Wow,what an interview!! I am so relieved to see that her album will be out very soon. Can hardly wait!!

  8. Tami Williams
    April 27, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    Great interview with one fun-loving person! Emily West has the voice, emotion and personality to take her all the way. Can’t wait to watch her make it!!!

  9. caitlin
    April 28, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    emily’s awesome!
    i was in her ‘rocks in my shoes’ music video and it was so much fun and she was so nice:)

  10. Suzanne
    April 29, 2008 at 7:44 am

    I think Emily is adorable and funny! She is so real and is obviously comfortable in her own shoes…even if there are a few rocks in them!!! She’s got the voice, personality, and looks to make it big in this business. It’s about time we had someone like her to entertain us!

  11. Double-L
    April 30, 2008 at 5:20 am

    She’s the coooooolest Emily of all time, ever.

  12. Debi
    April 30, 2008 at 9:06 am

    Emily, I absolutely love your video! It is a real pick me upper’ type song. I love all of the running you do in the video while singing, lol I hope you go far in country music. Your fan – Debi

  13. Carol
    April 30, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    It’s so nice to see someone become successful the “real” good old fashioned way- not from American Idol, Nashville Star or some other national show with 3 judges! That is true stamina and patience! YOU GO GIRL!

  14. Hollerin' Ben
    April 30, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    It’s so nice to see someone become successful the “real” good old fashioned way

    getting signed to a major record label and having huge sums of money put to the purpose of making you a star?

  15. Dan G.
    April 30, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    That’s cute, Ben.

    When you think of another ‘real’ good ol fashion way to get a record out to the masses, let us know. I’m sure all of the top selling major LABEL artists would love to know the answer to that as well.

    (PS: It takes money to get a record up off the ground, and it’s been that way ever since God was a boy, along with the day you decided to pull the ‘rebellious indie card’ and ‘dumb down’ MAJOR labels.

    Again, cute.

  16. Hollerin' Ben
    May 1, 2008 at 12:15 am

    trust me man, I am fully aware of how much dough it takes to bring someone to the big show.

    I’m not disparaging her, she seems like a sweet girl, good for her. getting the major label deal and the major label push is like winning the lottery and it’s way easier than struggling to finance your own progress or having an indy decide which costly promotions to roll the dice on.

    but come on now, it’s not a little silly to say how refreshing it is to have someone gain national prominence because their record label spent a bunch of money (most of which was probably wasted)?

    In a lot of ways, competing in a national talent contest that is open to the public to enter and is voted on each week on the basis of performance is more democratic and rigorous than getting the attention of a music professional (lawyer, manager, producer, etc etc) who then pitches you to a major label who spends tons of money on you.

    I’m all for Emily West’s success, but refreshing would be if Eleven Hundred Springs hit it big after spending years on the road, honing their craft, and showing a complete dedication to their art; superstardom or no superstardom.

  17. Dan G.
    May 1, 2008 at 11:44 am

    I think what this woman was trying to say, is: Emily West is not a cop-out artist, who tried to get a record out by doing a reality based tv show, like we see today on EVERY CHANNEL. In fact, it seems like Emily has spent YEARS being dedicated to her music, and she deserves a shout out for finally getting a little bit of the pie.

    That’s all this woman was trying to say in the comment above. And it’s not a silly thing to say to give credit to someone’s dedication. I am positive, Big Ben, if 1100 Springs had a chance on a Label like Capitol Records, they wouldn’t pass on it.

    The Beatles didn’t , and the last time I checked, they were dedicated, true artists, that would have stuck it out, ‘stardom or nothing’

    I am done with this conversation.

  18. Funk
    May 1, 2008 at 11:58 am

    “HI-99 WTHI in Terre Haute proudly welcomes American Idol finalist Bucky Covington to the Indiana Theatre on Friday, June 20th. The season five finalist will be joined by special guests Jeff Bates, Emily West, and Katie Armiger.

    There it is again. I don’t mean to get back on Bucky Covington but I wonder if it is part of his recording contract to mention American Idol? Here it is in sales promotions but when I saw him in concert, he took the most inopportune time to mention his place on American Idol that night too. It was so weird and out of place, I turned to my date and wondered aloud if it was part of his contract. Anybody know these kinds of things?

  19. Chris N.
    May 1, 2008 at 11:59 am

    “In a lot of ways, competing in a national talent contest that is open to the public to enter and is voted on each week on the basis of performance is more democratic and rigorous than getting the attention of a music professional …”

    More democratic? Yes. More rigorous? No.

  20. Hollerin' Ben
    May 1, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    Dan G.

    I think that you’ve perceived aggression where there is none, which is one of the pitfalls of internet communication.

    I completely agree that achieving national prominence via a major label record push does not make one a “cop-out” artist.

    But I’ll also say that I think its HUGELY unfair to say that Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler, Josh Gracin, Bucky Covington, Buddy Jewell, or Jason Meadows are “cop-out” artists because their entrance to the national spotlight was via a televised talent contest.

    All I’m saying is that the notion that it’s somehow more admirable to be successful the “real old fashioned way” of getting a major record label deal rather than having fans vote for your performances week after week in a televised talent contest is silly.

    It’s not refreshing that someone got a big record deal and now has an album out. It not offensive either. It’s just entirely conventional is all.

    p.s. trust me, if I had the power, I would extend big record deals that come with massive promotional budgets to all of my favorite artists, 1100 Springs included, and I would certainly hope they would accept those deals.

  21. hairandtoenails
    May 1, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    I find it a bit ironic in a country where we believe the best way of picking our leaders is to hold elections that people object to popuarity contests in the field of popular entertainment. If elections are a good way to pick Presidents, why not Top 40 Country singers?

    I admit that popularity does not equal quality. Sometimes the most qualified politicians lose elections. Sometimes the best singers can’t find a big audience at radio.

    But the name of the game in Top 40 country radio isn’t quality, its ratings (which is another way of saying popularity). The best we can hope for is that the listening populace demands quality, although that hope is often unfulfilled.

  22. Funk
    May 1, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    If elections are a good way to pick Presidents, why not Top 40 Country singers?

    The electoral college picks presidents of the USA. Remember 2000? Al Gore won the popular vote and lost the election. I’m not trying to be nitpicky here. It’s a bit of a historical event and one we should not forget.

  23. Hollerin' Ben
    May 1, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    well, in that case, the Supreme Court picked the President, but I think we’re getting off topic….

  24. Lucas
    May 1, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    Senators, house members, plus three representatives from Washington D.C.

  25. Dan G.
    May 1, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    Hollerin’ Ben,


  26. diver
    May 2, 2008 at 9:13 am

    I will see Bucky Saturday at a meet and greet and will ask him if he is obligated to mention AI in his promotions. I doubt it as he has no affiliation with Clive Davis or his record label that signed Carrie and Kellie, who also are always thanking AI. Bucky mentions AI in his show because he is making fun of being “invited to leave” and then sings a song that he was planning for the week he was cut, thus unable to perform, Elvis’s “Suspicious Minds”. In my opinion, Bucky who is the ultimate southern gentleman, is always appreciative and grateful for all things that helped him get out of his ten year stint at the family owned body shop .

    As Kerri pointed out on another thread, Bucky started out just like other artists did, the “old fashioned way” playing for ten years at receptions, small fairs, and bars up and down the Carolinas. Bucky by no means is an overnight sensation and worked very hard to get where he is today. American Idol was a way for him to possibly get discovered, just like a record producer that discovers someone as a backup in a band. The person that found Bucky was Mark Miller from Sawyer Brown, another great country group from a talent show in the eighties, Star Search . Bucky is paying his dues right now by touring non-stop and playing everywhere, small and large venues.

    I think he and Emily will put on one heck of a good show!!! Best of luck to both of these rising young artists.

  27. Mimi
    May 6, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    I saw Emily on Opry Live on GAC. It was stunning. I loved this article too on her!!

  28. Bob
    May 21, 2008 at 10:18 am

    Just wondering….How old is this “girl”? She looks a little long in the tooth in her video. She also seems a little bit bitter based on some of her answers she gave in an interview I read. She comes across as angry because some other singers have had an easier climb to the top.

  29. Emily West
    May 22, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    Dear Bob,

    Me, and ‘my tooth’ are 26 years of age. (I will be 27 in July.) I am so happy to be where I am, in fact, I consider it to be a BIG blessing that I have come this far! Thank you for saying that I look more mature than I actually am too! I would also like to apologize to you if you felt I came across angry or bitter in this certain interview you spoke of…. I must have had my period that day or something.

    I HEART 9513!!!

    Emily West

  30. Chris N.
    May 22, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    Yep, that’s Emily.

  31. Kelly
    May 22, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    I HEART EMILY WEST!!! Dont tell my wife!!

  32. Dale
    May 22, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    Man this girl is refreshing. I love her matter of fact demeanor and what i believe to be sincere approach to achieving her lifelong dream. She certainly seems to have the goods to back up the promotion effort of the corporate machine (Capitol Records). I, for one, am thankful to see a young act getting a shot at the big time that actually has talent, integrity AND intelligence. Good luck Emily!!

  33. Leeann
    May 22, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Holy Crap, Emily West just gave me the best laugh I’ve had all week!! I’ve needed one due to the never ending stresses of buying a house.

  34. Chris N.
    May 22, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    Wait ’til you read her bio. I hear it was written by a total genius.

  35. Leeann
    May 22, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    Chris, I can’t begin to imagine who that genius may be.:)

  36. Funk
    May 22, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    I must have had my period that day or something.

    Emily, if your period makes you cranky or uncomfortable only one day, are you available for a commitment ceremony? And yes, I mean with me.

  37. Courtney Elise
    June 7, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    i love her songs “pretty girl” and “annie’s gonna get a new gun.” she’s hilarious too.

  38. Rich
    June 13, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    Met Emily West at the CMA Fan Festival. There isn’t a nicer person on this planet. Hope she makes it BIG time! Best wishes Emily!!!

    See her picture on my blog



  39. Jim Malec
    June 13, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    Em’s dress in the picture is simply off the hook.

  40. Chris N.
    June 13, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    (Insert innuendo here.)

  41. Stew Pidd
    December 27, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    I love Emily West! Great interview…. she is so sweet! I went to school with her cousins and so I know her pretty well. I’m so happy for her progress in the ‘country music world’!

  42. Britt Billick
    August 1, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Well Emily, I wouldn’t of heard about you unless we stumbled into Carpenters restaurant this morning and I saw a photo of your lovely mother! I heard alot about you and it all sounds great!
    Say HI to SueB for me.

  43. Taylor
    April 19, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Emily is so entertaining! I love following her interviews because she is so amusing, I look forward to hearing what else she’s got!

  44. Amanda
    April 23, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    my goodness she is such a great person! so funny and incredibly talented!

  45. Trish
    May 9, 2010 at 5:59 am

    I like Emily personally but unfortunately her voice leaves a lot to be desired. This is the main reason why her career is going nowhere despite all the publicity attempts from her label.

    None of her singles have done anything on the charts and her album sales are totally non-existant. Emily’s newest single Blue Sky appears to have peaked in the high 30′s on the charts and is now fading away despite a big assist by Keith Urban.

  46. Mark Singles
    June 15, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Dear Trish, Emily West is one of the best all around singers in Nashville. You have clearly never heard her or seen her live. The reason none of her singles have “peaked” higher than the 30′s is not her fault. Radio is very difficult and picky about who it adds to it’s playlist and unfortunately for Emily the common census among PD’s these days is that their audience, made up of “women” , don’t want to hear other “women” sing.

    None of that is Ms. West’s fault. I applaud her courage and persistence to put herself out there and go for a dream, even at the risk of being criticized by bystanders who have never or will never be in her shoes.

    I have a feeling you may be an artist yourself, so may I suggest going to see her live. I think you may change your tune ;)


    Mr. Mark Singles

  47. Juliann
    June 16, 2010 at 11:29 am

    I had never heard of Emily West until I was sitting in the front of the house at the Ryman last fall and heard her sing on the Opry. She’s got pipes and she seems likable in interviews and gratitude is part of her stage presence. It’s a tough business and many many many talented people work at it for years and never find success. Personally, I don’t think the songs they’re picking for her albums are all that great. Blue Sky is ok, but kind of a yawner, even with Keith Urban.

  48. trish
    June 29, 2010 at 10:07 am


    If all these PD’s are women how come they just seem to pick on Emily West?

    It seems like plenty of other female country singers are not having problems getting their music played.

    Her is just a little check of the facts:

    Carrie Underwood – Twelve consecutive #1 singles since she recorded her first album in less than five years. I realize this comparison might be tough for Emily because I’m comparing her to one of the greatest singers alive today.

    Miranda Lambert – Two consecutive #1 singles.

    Reba McIntyre – Still recording #1 singles in her mid 50′s.

  49. Leeann
    July 22, 2010 at 7:37 am

    You realize this article is over two years old now, don’t you, John?


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