11 February 2018 – Today, multi Award-winning singer, songwriter, and artist Emine Sari returns with announcing her brand new single “Fly Me Away” will be available March 9, 2018. After teasing fans for months online, “Fly Me Away” marks Emine’s first new music since her internationally acclaimed, Award-nominated album I Love You On My Own (2017) which she wrote for Nothing But You. Emine produced the track with a longtime friend and collaborator Cihat Atlığ and brought onboard Joel Evenden [Lara Fabian, Rod Stuart, BB King…] to add final production elements. While some fans might call “Fly Me Away” a new sound for Emine, on this she explains: “I know some of this new sound was not apparent on my first album, but I think my new music helps to paint a fuller picture of who I am. As soon as I recognized I was being pinned down as ‘the acoustic girl’ I realized I knew I had to push myself musically. I want it as part of my arsenal, but I don’t want that solely to define me.” On the song, Emine stated: “Fly Me Away is about the experience of falling for someone too “hard” and being okay with how you feel and closing eyes on their faults. There is nothing I hate more than doing something I just don’t want to do. Live your life for you, not for anyone else. Don’t let the fear of being judged, rejected or disliked stop you from being yourself! My hope is that this song encourages people to embrace who they are so that there’s a little less fear in the world and a lot more love.”
Emine was born in a small city in Turkey and studied piano and foreign languages in order to fulfill her dream of becoming an international artist. Some health problems forced her to move to Japan, where she entered the Japanese version of American Idol and become the only foreign singer who made it to the final. Now, she plays the piano, sings in 6 different languages and is the European cultural ambassador! Since her debut was released in 2008, Emine has won and been nominated for countless awards.
(Interview by Tim Brown)
1-When and why did you start writing music?
I think technically I started writing songs when I was 9 or 10, but (fortunately) I don’t remember any of those songs.
When I started playing piano, that’s when I got a little more serious… When I first started out, I wrote mostly pop music on guitar. Now I do most of my writing on piano. My style has changed a lot – there’s a lot more alternative/blues/rock influence in my newer music. However, it took some years to be proud of my own compositions. I think that it’s a matter of practice and experience as everything in music. You have to compose, compose and one day you start to make cool things…
2-Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
As a writer, it’s all about the words for me. I mean, the music has to have a catchy melody, of course, but I have huge admiration for artists who write clever and inspiring lyrics. For example, indie singer-songwriters like Jay Nash and Ray LaMontagne. Not only do they write heartfelt, catchy songs, but they have built their careers from the ground up without a record company backing them. I also admire Elton John, Billy Joel, The Beatles because they’re composers, songwriters, and storytellers.
3-Have you been in competitions? Fleadh’s? Any prizes?
I was on the Best Singer of Japan 2008 in Japan, the Japanese version of American Idol.
One time because of the health problems I was forced to go to Japan. I heard about some music competition in there and fold “BEST of SINGER 2008” contest in Japan. I became to work 10 hours a day with my music and singing… and I degreed. I was the only foreigner who performed in the finals in the Japanese city of Osaka. I sang in the traditional Japanese enka style.
Later with my first single “I Changed My Mind” I was nominated as the best female singer ( The People Music Award UK) and was hand-picked from thousands of demos. That was the moment that I realized that I was born to do this…
‘WHO ARE YOU’ single won BEST UNSIGNED ACT at MP3 MUSIC AWARDS… SO many actually and countless nominations…
But as a songwriter I am really proud of the album I wrote for Nothing But You “I LOVE YOU ON MY OWN” which single “On My Own” won Global Music Awards lyrics /songwriting category last year! (www.nothingbutyou.org)
4-Why did you choose to write this kind of music?
My whole thing is about being the best musician I can be. I feel like the best thing you can do is create new music, new sounds, and new energies. I’m interested in how my music makes someone feel and act, rather than what genre it is.
I’m just trying to create a story and a good energy.
5-Let’s Talk about your music and your last work…
I’ve written all songs coming out on Nothing But You Nicky’s new album “I Love You On My Own”, which is coming out in a few months. She’s one of my favorite artists – we did a session last year so I’m really excited about it coming out! She’s so wonderful and my best friend. I’m so proud of her.
I’m releasing a new single “Fly Me Away” (March 9th) which is available for pre-order, new lyrics video is available now:
I know some of this new sound was not apparent on my first album, but I think my new music helps to paint a fuller picture of who I am.
I’d also love to write with other artists again now that I’m finishing up my own EP. One way or another I’ll always be doing music, whether it’s writing or performing.
6-When you decide it’s time to make a new record, is that more exciting or stressful?
It’s exciting, every new record is a new opportunity to show my growth. Every day I learn something new or take in new content so I’m always excited to see what I’m gonna end up saying on a record.
7-Could you briefly describe the music-making process?
First comes the idea or title of the track followed by a concept, create the instrumental track followed by the vocals…
8-Now that you’re an independent artist, what have you learned while working in the industry?
I think you really have to know what you want if you want to be an artist. Otherwise, you just kind of end up in space, just floating around. Working out what you want to say and being who you [want to be] are really important—unless you just want to cut other people’s songs and you don’t want to get involved in the creative part, which is totally cool as well. I really wanted to find my own thing and writing an album is really meaningful to me.
9- Is there anything else you would like to say to people reading this in hopes of convincing them to check out your music?
I hope people can feel something from my music or relate to my songs. I write about real situations so it’s always nice to hear people experiencing the same thing. I also love when people say that they are inspired after hearing some of my songs, it’s a great feeling.
I hope to keep the full force of creating unique music!
Thank you for your great interview!
Discover new music on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/tr/artist/emine-sari/639596164