My name is Emily Ann Roberts and I’m from Knoxville, Tennessee.
I learned how to sing in the backseat of my parents car by singing along to songs off 3 particular records that shaped me as an artist from a very young age: Ricky Skaggs’ “Soldier Of The Cross”, Patty Loveless “Mountain Soul”, and The Dixie Chicks “Fly”.
Those albums taught me about great songs, how to sing harmony and what singing from your heart sounded like. So it goes without saying, I’ve been hooked on grassy country music since I was in a carseat.
When I was in the 6th grade, I made my first public performance at my church singing “Blessings” by Laura Story. Later that year, my friend and I auditioned for our middle school talent show and though we tried our best, we didn’t make it in the competition. I decided to ask the teacher what I could improve on so I could have a better chance of making it the next year. My teacher said, “Maybe if you would’ve played an instrument you would’ve made it in the Talent show.” I went home that same night, got an old guitar out of the closet, and started playing it every day. My dad would take me to music stores on the weekend and I would sit and watch and learn from other players. A day didn’t go by that I didn’t pick up my guitar at least once. I fell in love with playing and after one year, I auditioned again for the talent show and I won.
It may sound silly, but winning that talent show in the 7th grade lit a fire in me and made me want to perform everywhere I possibly could.
My first steady gig was at a Mexican restaurant in Knoxville called “El Charro’s”.
After playing there for a year or so I started playing at restaurants all over Knoxville and singing in any and every competition I could get in. I started writing songs in the 8th grade and it was such an outlet for me to pour my heart in to. It was then that I discovered that music was more than just a hobby but a calling and my purpose. I didn’t realize it then but every single gig, small town competition, and every night of pouring myself into my music was preparing me for the biggest opportunity of my life.
Fast Forward to February of 2015 my dad got an email response to one of my YouTube videos. It was just a simple video recorded on an iPad of me singing Carrie Underwood’s, “Something In The Water” but it caught the eye of a casting producer from NBC’s “The Voice”. She invited us to come to Atlanta, Georgia for a callback audition. The opportunity literally fell in our lap so we had to pursue it, and a few months later I was on my first plane ride flying from Knoxville, Tennessee to Los Angeles, California to do a blind audition in front Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, and Adam Levine. It was crazy y’all. I sang LeeAnn Womacks, “I Hope You Dance” and Blake and Adam both turned their chairs for me and I picked Blake as my coach. I ended up coming in 2nd place at the end of the competition, which is still mind blowing for me to think about because I never even imagined to turn a chair. It’s amazing to look back and see God’s faithfulness through the whole journey and how it all started with a simple video of a little girl singing about a heart and life changed by Christ on YouTube.
“The Voice” ended in December of 2015 and I was back at my High School in January to finish out my junior year. I decided to double up and take my senior year classes online at night so I could graduate a year early and I graduated in May of my Junior year and started working full time in Nashville in June of 2016. I started cowriting every week which taught me so much and playing shows all over the place. I headlined my first show at the TN Valley Fair, performed a half time show at Neyland Stadium with the Pride of The Southland Band, made my Grand Ole Opry debut, and played hundreds of other shows in between. I had the opportunity to be on a gospel tour called, “The Gospel Through Girls & Guitars” which was such a blessing and I recorded my first gospel album titled, “Bigger Than Me”, in August of 2017 to play and sell at all my live shows.
After three years of writing and performing, I released my first original country song, “Stuck On Me + You”, in September of 2018 which hit top 40 on the iTunes country charts. A month later, I released my second country original song titled, “I’ve Got Forever”.
My latest release, Someday Dream, is a song that I’m beyond excited about because it encourages everyone to follow their biggest dreams. I want my career to show that if a simple girl from Knoxville, TN can live her dreams then everyone else can to.
Although it felt like I was waiting forever to release my original music, I’m so thankful I took my time. I wanted to make sure that my first releases were songs that I was proud of and that represented me 100%. I can’t thank my fans enough for sticking with me all this time since “The Voice” and for being so supportive. Most of all I’m thankful that the Lord has allowed me to do what I love for a living and given me the opportunity to share my music with the world.
My story is still being written and I know this is just the beginning of my journey as a Country Artist. I can’t wait to see what’s ahead but for today I’m thankful we get to travel this road together.
Thanks for coming along for the ride and letting me be me,