According to Emily Reid, her music can be described in three simple words: “bold, energetic, and indie-fun-cool. And that’s like a hyphen word.” Inspired by the stylings of the Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill, Martina McBride, and Sara Evans, to name a few, the 27-year-old multi-instrumentalist country singer has come a long way from her humble beginnings in Victoria, B.C. Since her move to Nashville, then Toronto, then Nashville again, Reid has proven that she is keen, determined, and, perhaps most importantly, ready.
“I’ve been writing songs ever since I could remember; like 8 or 9 [years old],” excitedly says Reid of her lifelong passion. “As a little girl, I wasn’t very good at processing my emotions, but they always tend to come out in song… it’s sort of my therapy.” That unexplainable pull towards music-making took small-town Reid to the Hollywood of country music: Nashville, Tennessee. While reminiscing on her first stint down South, Reid can’t help but laugh at the perception many (she, too, once upon a time) have of the city and region, at large. “I thought Nashville was going to be people in overalls, and then when I got down there, it was a bunch of people like me who also loved songs and wanted to be writers and artists for a living.”
And so, she began: writing, singing, performing. “[We were] testing things out and putting it on the internet and seeing what people thought of it. Slowly but surely, I started to get better and better and started playing shows and realized this is the only career path for me. I’m all in.” The pieces were finally falling into place. In 2014, she released her first EP, Drifter, which, in 2015, gave her the push she needed to catch the attention of Sarah Knabe, and secure a publishing deal with BMG Nashville. One of the early songs she wrote as a published writer, If I Wanted Wine, was the original hook and catalyst for the passion of Universal Music’s Director of A&R Shannon McNevan (James Barker Band, Reklaws, Jade Eagleson, etc) which ultimately led to her major label deal with Universal in 2018.
Influenced by her big dreams, her dad’s unwavering support, and the superstars who came before her, Reid’s first official single — “Good Time Being A Woman” — is an ode to all the good parts of an often complicated female life. In spite of, gloriously, Reid is fun-loving, unfiltered, and full of spunk. She’s confident, optimistic, and forward-looking. Perhaps, most importantly, she’s ready.
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