Still coming down from a inspiring Coachella high after witnessing Beyoncé’s monumental headlining performance, singer/songwriter Emanny continues reaching for the stars and grabbing them, with the hopes of working with the Queen, as he progresses within his own sound.
A former Boys Choir of Harlem member, Emanny still cherishes the opportunity which allowed him to travel across the world. Other authentically trained vocalists, and himself, performed in front of thousands of people, and gave him that new feeling of excitement each time he does so, which never goes away.
Since then, the multi-talented musician has made it a goal to keep R&B alive and relevant through his own music. He uses the influence of Michael Jackson, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Babyface and Usher, to implement the real quality of music the roots of R&B should give. “Anytime you start to loose the real source, and the real start of any genre, you start to lose it, and I would hate to see R&B get to a point where we start to lose it as a whole. There’s a lot of dope R&B out now, but it doesn’t really speak as a whole to the actual meaningful thoughts, and the love, and the sorrow, and the different things that comes with rhythm and blues. I just would like for more people when it comes to the writing aspect, to speak from their personal experiences.”
Emanny’s family was also an influence to the music portion of his identity growing up. His mother was heavily indulged in the classics, from James Brown, to Jackie Wilson and Tina Turner. Whereas his father, who carried his Hispanic heritage of DNA, took pride and immersed in that, with classical spanish artists.
Now, he’s in an continuously growing process of maintaining his own family, being a full-time father and newly engaged fiance. With these top priorities, Emanny is able to find a balance between his personal life and making time for his passion. “Being a father has been the most difficult thing I’ve ever done in my life. It’s something that you’re learning everyday. I’m still learning how to be a better father, there’s still so many things that I gotta improve on, and so many different things I want to teach my son, but it’s just an everyday process, an everyday growing process and it’s just the hardest thing, but it’s the most loving thing. As far as working on being the husband that I want to be at some point, it’s a balance in a sense of you have to be with someone who understands this is your craft, and it’s an art and everything that I put in my music isn’t what’s happening in my life. As long as you’re with someone who’s willing to understand the music side of it, and the real side of it, then things should work. Me and my fiance are building that bond, and we’re working toward that full understanding. It’s not 100% but we’re getting there.”
“Anytime you start to loose the real source, and the real start of any genre, you start to lose it, and I would hate to see R&B get to a point where we start to lose it as a whole.”
At the beginning of the year, Emanny released “Aaliyah,” the first single from his upcoming third installment to his “Songs About Her,” mixtape series, which embarks on past relationships, and how they’ve carved him into the man he strives to become.
The first tape allowed Emanny to express heartbreak, a feeling he admitted to knowing all to well, and how music helped him cope. And as a follow up, the content took a new direction, still carrying the soulful and seductive sounds, but more so focusing on the singer’s reflective stage of past relationships and how he could improve within himself. “I think everything I have put out has been a matter of speaking from growth, and how I’ve tried to change, how I’ve tried to surround myself with better people, not just women, but better people in general. So it’s definitely been a growing process, and knowing myself and knowing who to love, and knowing just because you love someone, they’re not meant to be in your life forever.”
I’m still learning how to be a better father, there’s still so many things that I gotta improve on, and so many different things I want to teach my son, but it’s just an everyday process, an everyday growing process and it’s just the hardest thing, but it’s the most loving thing.”
Emanny is dedicating this year to working on two new projects; one in the form of an EP and the other a full length piece. He said he differentiates himself from other artists, in the matter of not being as consistent, whereas one project a year is normal to most people, while he sees more satisfaction in time.
As an independent artist, Emanny said he’s fighting an uphill battle, and believes he has more work to do, and ground to cover. This, being something he hopes fans will dissect with the gracious position he’s at in his life now. “If you’re doing music, you should really understand music and what it is to make it, and it has to comes from the heart. So as long as it comes from the heart and have a message with it, you should be fine.”
“I think everything I have put out has been a matter of speaking from growth, and how I’ve tried to change, how I’ve tried to surround myself with better people, not just women, but better people in general.”
Practice makes perfect and that’s one thing Emanny holds a promise to. His dedication to being open to change, self-growth, and perfecting his musical craft with every inch of passion in his body, is what makes him an elected candidate toward the legacy of R&B.
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