Emily Burns writes modern, ambitious, frank pop songs about relationships, spite, love and revenge. Born and raised in the Midlands but moved to London 2 years ago to focus on music, first getting a job as receptionist at Abbey Road Studios where she used to use her down-time there to record her self released tracks.
We caught up with Emily ahead of her performance on our Future Stage at this years Birmingham Pride Festival…
Tell us a little about yourself…
I’m Emily Burns. I write about my most intimate and personal experiences and then put them into songs. I think listening to my music is kind of like opening my diary and reading through it.
What is one thing you can’t live without?
Cous Cous. I eat cous cous at least once every day, it’s becoming a bit of a problem.
What has been the biggest influence on your career?
So far, I’d say moving to London has been the biggest influence. I moved to London when I was 18 and it just opened up a world of opportunities to me that I don’t think I’d have been given otherwise.
Describe your personality in 3 words…
Passionate, Cheeky and Sensitive.
Who is your dream collaboration?
I’d LOVE to collaborate with Pink. That would be a dream. Her music was a huge inspiration to me growing up and to sit in a room with her and a guitar would be everything to me.
What are you most excited about performing at Birmingham Pride?
I’m going to be performing my next single … And it’s so fun to play live. It’s always nerve wracking playing songs that no one will have heard before, I get such a thrill out of it.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
My Grandpa always says to me – “Emily, get on with you’re own knitting” which I love! He’s always tried to encourage me to focus less on what other people are doing and more on what I’m doing. It’s so much easier to feel proud of your own achievements when you stop comparing yourself to other people and what they have going on.
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