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Emmeline Announces Single, "Empire"

“Empire”, the new single from singer-songwriter, Emmeline, crashes like a tidal wave of self-confidence and positive conviction. Vocal melodies tower like a path of trees guiding the way to a magical scenery at the end of a dark, quiet forest. Captivating piano arrangements await at the end of the forest, extended and peeking towards the sky. Sprinting towards the mountainous landscape with self-doubt in hand, “Empire” lures insecurity to the rocky edge where it falls down into oblivion. The single is off of her upcoming album, RISE, out March 15.


Emmeline wrote “Empire” as an inspirational saga of finding fulfillment within. Roaring vocals erupt in each chorus with smooth sophistication, delivering a message far beyond the limits often placed on individuals by society. She sings, “I’m not a box that you check in, I’m not a name to be given, I am an empire.” Swooning strings and dazzling chimes sway through the bountiful forestry abyss. A humming choir follows behind the protagonist’s path as they carve out their destiny amongst the fallen branches. Grandiose vocals sweep the treetops like chilling gusts of wind. Each crescendo rustling the leaves like a blustering tunnel of energy creates a dramatic overtone.

Each song on RISE encompasses its own complete voice. The discoveries are endless, telling the listener different stories each time a track is explored. Extensive production sets the album apart from Emmeline’s previous releases. Like “Superheroes”, the instrumentation on the album builds and grows with an outpouring of emotions in times where one feels like they are truly being tested by the world. Five years in the making, it wasn’t completed without hindrance. Finishing the album felt like spraining an ankle in the last seconds of the race and limping determinedly towards the finish line. This perseverance permeates every track and ultimately inspired the album’s title. Emmeline states, “This record is about getting past your pain by working through it and realizing that there is so much joy on the other side.”

RISE Track Listing

  1. Empire
  2. If You Can’t Love Me
  3. Rapunzel
  4. Superheroes
  5. Orlando
  6. Reasons
  7. On Your Side
  8. Stop The World
  9. Lead With The Hands
  10. I Will Wait
  11. Something More

About Emmeline

Emmeline is a singer-songwriter from Dallas, Texas who began her career as a pianist at age four. Her extensive classical training is what has her acclaimed as a "piano-centered Joni Mitchell" by Dallas's revered Ghost of Blind Lemon. Having honed her live skills in venues such as Dallas’s legendary Opening Bell Coffee, and the House of Blues, Emmeline has developed a stage presence as intimate and personal as the stories told in her musical repertoire. Consisting of four EPs, Early Morning Hours (2010), Someone to Be (2011), Ramblings and Rarities: The Live EP (2012), Beautiful Scars (2013,) and her upcoming album, RISE, out March 2019, Emmeline writes or co-writes every song under her name.


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Paul Corsi

When he’s not playing a show or practicing with his band Go Tiger, Go! he can be found at one of Detroit’s best new restaurants or taking in the sights and sounds that the area has to offer. He loves running, coffee houses, playing with puppies, and the occasional vortex of video games.

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