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Emma G - Single/Video Review: King For A Day

04 Jul 2017 // A review by Corinne Rutherford

Metaphorically speaking, I have been travelling beyond the fine shores of Aotearoa to check out what some of our expats have been doing musically overseas or more specifically the USA, and I can say without a doubt they are writing, arranging and performing some mighty fine music. Emma G is no exception. King for a Day is the second studio single from the 28 year old former Hamiltonian. 

Leaving New Zealand in mid-2015, Emma Ghaemmaghamy or G for short, based herself in Washington DC and is working full time as a street performer, she is widely known as the "Kiwi girl who plays great songs and gives great hugs". Prior to heading overseas Emma had established a profile in NZ as vocalist for hard rock bad Static Era. In 2012 she gained the New Zealander of the year Local Hero Award for inspiring others through music. Having just completed her second California tour, just this month Emma was recognised in The Best of DC musician’s category in Washingtonian Magazine. She has played various community events at the White House, Kennedy Centre, The National Cherry Blossom Festival and Smithsonian Folklife Festivals. You can also find her performing in clubs. 

King for a Day is a soulful pop rock track, incorporating piano with a beautiful beat and unforgiving lyrics, the lyrics however cynical and "unapologetic" are softened somewhat by her sweet smile in the music video the smile lights up your screen and takes the edge off her words, "I'd break you anyway". The videography captures her delightful energy which is as sunny as the Californian sun it was shot in, providing me with a brief interlude to the dreary wet day I see out my window.

And if you are listening to this track without the visuals, her charismatic presence still sparkles through.

Research unearthed some outstanding acoustic tracks including a beautiful rendition of November Rain by Guns N Roses, showing a glimpse into how impressive Emma's vocals are, this is evident on King for a Day. Her voice is mesmerizing, powerful and clear. It is obvious; when I did a bit of snooping around that she is well respected and supported by the community and the people in the DC music scene.

Recorded by Baltimore-based producer Flight Boy Music, King for a Day is soulful and sweet but at the same time, in your face with a “don’t mess with me” attitude. The lyrics on closer inspection are also slightly apologetic and refreshingly honest. Life inspires her writing.

Emma G is doing great things in the American music scene, with her lovely voice and infectious smile; she has an exciting future ahead of her. “Life is an adventure. The best adventures have unknown outcomes.”

emmagmusic can be found on all major social media sites and @ www.emmagmusic.com


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