We had the good fortune of connecting with Emma G and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emma, how does your business help the community?
Music is the 6th sense. It allows us as humans to really feel deep within our soul, and connect with people beyond the physical – or even the emotional,
I’ve been an artivist [artistic activist] for a very long time now – I wrote and released my first song [Look Around] when I was just ten years old about environmental awareness and economic equity, and my business has just grown, developed and flourished since then.
Having moved from New Zealand to Washington, DC in late 2015; I now use my artivism to advocate for racial and gender equity, self love, resilience, empowerment, the strength of diversity, the power of resilience and the importance of mental, physical and spiritual health. But it’s about more than just writing songs and singing them:
– I authored my first book “My Life, My Songs, My Healing – Turning Life Stories into Song” at the beginning of 2020; which discusses the healing impact that songwriting has had on my life as I’ve struggled to overcome my trauma. I
– I’m now an edu-tainer: using music and songwriting to empower people through speaking engagements and group coaching.
– I launched three podcasts throughout 2020: most notably “REALTALK with Emma G” where I had conversations with difference makers and superheroes in their own field from around the world about how they use their magic to make the world a better place. I spoke with everyone from other musicians to comedians to volcanologists to activists to psychiatrists to Muay Thai kickboxers.
– I also established a new branch to my business: “Youth Empowerment through Music” coaching: mentoring teenagers to channel their struggles, overwhelm and anxiety through songwriting. My firm believe is that every successful child is one caring adult away – so to be able to coach teenagers in this way is incredibly fulfilling.
At the end of the day, my entire life purpose is to save the world one song at a time; and I choose to do that by writing songs of healing, self love, resilience, radical compassion and stepping into your power.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I decided when I was 5years old that I wanted to be a singer/songwriter. Given that by age 5, I’d already had 5 brain surgeries; I was never really a “normal” kid. Songwriting and music helped me to express myself in ways that conversation simply couldn’t. More than that; music helped me to connect with, and understand myself better. By the age of 10, I’d already written over 300 songs, and I was blessed to be given the opportunity to represent New Zealand’s youth at a worldwide symposium at DisneyWorld Florida as a result of my music and how I’ve been able to use it as a tool for overcoming.
Of course, when you’re born with a condition like hydrocephalus, you don’t want to be considered different, so it’s really only been in the last 18months that I’ve realized how lucky I am to have the condition. It has taught me resilience – to be there for myself – and to never take a day for granted. When you’ve stared death in the eye; your perspective changes.
Add to that: being confronted with all other traumas and struggles that young women in Western culture face, and I’ve had some pretty big battles that I’ve had to fight, so I’m really excited to be able to use my voice – my lyrics and music – to not just tell my story, but to hopefully inspire and empower everyone else going through their trials and tribulations. That’s exactly why I wrote a song a day during February, 2021, and documented that process with both a film and an album. Because at the end of the day; our character is built upon how we respond to what happens around us. It’s our responsibility to take the bullshit, turn it into fertilizer, and use it to plant our garden.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Where would I even begin? Washington DC is RICH with culture and things to see and do. Beyond the copious number of museums and art galleries, in no particular order, I would take them to visit:
– The Wharf DC: specifically I’d take them to shows at The Anthem, Pearl Street Warehouse and Union Stage
– U Street and Adam’s Morgan night life: because DC would not be DC without U Street and Adams Morgan
– Stand up paddle boarding on The Potomac River
– Hiking the Goat Trail by the Potomac
– A Krav Maga class with Krav Maga CDK
– A manicure and pedicure at Solar Nails in Takoma Park
– Record shopping at Byrdlands in NOMA
– Shopping in Silver Spring and PG County mall
Dining wise, however:
– Olive Lounge in Takoma Park [their burgers, wraps, and rice pudding are all amazing]
– The Pie Shop on H Street
– Pow Pow on H Street
– Sticky Rice on H Street
– Urban Butcher in Silver Spring
– Abyssinia [cos you need to try Ethiopian food at least once]
– Busboys and Poets [it’s a DMV classic]
– Ben’s Chili Bowl [it’s a DC legend]
and he rest: home cooking, baby!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I can never thank just one person, but obviously, the most influential person in my life has always been my mother. I was born with a rare health condition called hydrocephalus, for which I’ve had 10 brain surgeries – and 24 surgeries in total – and it was my mother that discovered how powerful music was at helping me to overcome the brain damage that came as a result. She was forever fostering and supporting my brain health; whether through music, or games and puzzles, or taking me to specialists. I wouldn’t be who I am today – or where I am today – if it weren’t for the immense support my mother has poured into me.
Other honorable mentions, however, must go to
– Members of The Hug Mafia – and Emma G Nation – which are my music community and inner circle
– Flightboy Music – my producer
– Dr Angela Lauria of The Author Incubator – one of my biggest mentors since moving to the States
– The Capitol Groove Collective – a musicians collective that I founded in 2018, whose members have been beyond supportive of my journey and my career
– Melinda Wittstock – founder and CEO of Podopolo, who has been instrumental in helping me with all things podcast
– And, of course, my partner DJ Stephens, who has been a pillar of strength, love and inspiration for me since the day I met him.