While many artists feel pressure to fit into a single box, Emily Faith chooses to fight against that narrative as she tells stories of faith, freedom, and persistent joy rooted in Jesus while highlighting the country styles of the Opry stages where she grew up performing.
At 5-years-old Emily began singing in the Oklahoma and Texas Opry circuit and at 8-years-old she found her love for crafting original melodies and began traveling to Nashville to write songs. From the very beginning, she radiated energy and determination as she learned gospel and country music styles, taking her joy for music to churches, community events, theaters and festivals.
Emily's entry into the Contemporary Christian space began in 2017 when she opened for the Newsboys "God's Not Dead - Rivals" tour, and shortly after, opening for FOR KING & COUNTRY when she was only 16. Once integrated into the CCM arena, Emily released a series of four singles, pressing into her pop inspirations.
"While I loved pop and it was fun, I did not want to lose my roots. That's why I wanted to bring country into the Christian music I was making and combine the two genres," Emily emphasizes, explaining the heart behind her forthcoming projects. "It's been a really awesome journey - finding the perfect mix between country and Christian. I hope it connects with people while staying true to who I am."
Openness and true connection radiate through her music and lyrics. Emily's primary purpose as an artist is to craft songs that relate to people in varying environments and circumstances. Drawing from her own personal experience with faith and culture, Emily's songs encourage listeners in their faith while bringing a sense of settled happiness.
"[My songs are] very raw, very real, connection and relationship-based, and often very fun and even spontaneous," Emily notes. "I want to form meaningful relationships with people through music."
Emily's passion for connection goes beyond making records overflowing into her community and personal life. She spends time engaging in leadership work through serving as the Children's Hospital Teen Board President working as an advocate for children's hospitals in Oklahoma. Emily also volunteers as a music teacher at Granville Community Music School in Oklahoma City, a music school for underprivileged communities, which intertwines her calling as a musician and Christian beautifully.
"That is by far my greatest passion. Working with those kids and getting to share the gift of music with them has been something I've cherished for the past three years," Emily says. "As Christians, that's something we're called to do - give back to others and be leaders in our community while shining the light of Christ. It's been a great place to connect, give the children something to look forward to each week and bring some joy into their lives."
Coming off a rich history of gospel, rock, country, and pop music, Emily lets the inspiration of her community fuel her next major project: a four-song EP titled Rebel, to be released later this year.
The EP propels Emily into the combination of country and Christian music she's been working toward for the past five years. The first single to be released April 30, 2021, titled When I Met Jesus, boldly and kindly set the stage for the honesty the songwriter conveys as she tells stories of encountering God for the first time.
Emily explains "For quite some time I've wanted to write a song that puts to words the life-changing moment when someone realizes they want to be a Christian. I can't wait to share that experience with listeners"
Accompanied by a music video, the single alludes to the many different experiences people may have when encountering Jesus - either for the first time or in a renewed way after many years of already knowing God.
"God is here. Jesus is here. He's my comfort and the place I can go when I have struggles and He'll help me through it," Emily says, describing her personal connection with the track. "The song tells that story. It's something people can relate to from all different levels and backgrounds depending on what they're going through in life."
Songs on the EP include co-writes with Jenn Bostic, Keith Smith, Tony Wood, Benji Cowart, Rebekah White, Austin Cannon, Caleb Crino, and the EP was produced by Chuck Butler and Carter Frodge. The strong writing and production team reinforced for Emily how valuable community and relationships are as she hones in on her distinct musical style.
Emily references artists such as Zach Williams and Carrie Underwood as some of her biggest inspirations of artists bringing their faith, unapologetically into their music and public life. It's that calm boldness, laced with uplifting attitudes and striking musical style that defines Emily's music and persona as an artist.
"I want to create something that everybody can love and connect to," Emily notes.
Rebel, the complete project, is uplifting and encouraging, talking about being a rebel for hope, for kindness, and ultimately, a rebel for Jesus. The songwriter pushes listeners to grapple with and accept the insecurities they may see in themselves, realizing they have been perfectly made for the Lord and looking to that reality for true peace. The tracks leave audiences encouraged in their faith to keep pushing through whatever situation they may encounter, knowing that they will come out on a better, brighter side.