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Get To Know – Emma Kate McLain

SCMG – Who are the members of your band?

EKM – I’m more of a “one man show”, but when a venue requests that I have a band, I always have some people in my back pocket. I’ve had Cory Plough, my producer, on drums. Brian Conner on bass. And normally my dad Bruce Smalley plays lead guitar with me which is always fun, but I have also had my prior producer play lead guitar with me as well, Brent McDonald!

SCMG – What genre do you consider yourself?

EKM – I consider my originals to be country/pop, mainly because that’s what we were aiming for through the production. However, I listen to and cover songs that have a more alternative/pop feel. I plan on gradually evolving into an alternative artist, just because that’s the kind of music I truly connect with and love.

SCMG – What was your biggest accomplishment in 2017?

EKM – My biggest accomplishment of 2017 would definitely be my EP, Almost a Whisper. It features 5 of my originals, and has a country/pop vibe. I’m so proud of it and how it turned out. It was a lot of hard work, and I love that I get to share something so meaningful with the public.

SCMG – What are your plans for 2018?

EKM – I have big plans for 2018! I actually have something huge coming up that I can’t really speak on just yet. I look forward to expanding my audience through shows and social media. I also hope to get some new music out there that shows a different side of me as an artist!

SCMG – Where and when can we find you?

EKM – You can always find me at locals restaurants and festivals around the Columbia area. Look for me at this years City Roots Festival! Also, fans can always stay up to date on my gigs by keeping up with me through social media.

SCMG – Who would you consider your biggest local influence?

EKM – There are so many talented musicians in the Columbia area. I would say Brian Conner, lead singer from Villanova, has been a big inspiration to me. I remember I was searching for a bass player for a performance over the summer but had no luck, so my producer calls me up and asks if Brian Conner could play. “Of course he can, he’s famous!”, I said. Brian and I still keep in touch, and he’s given me some much needed music lessons. Another local inspiration, Dave Britt from the awesome band Ashes of Old Ways. Dave and his band are so talented and fun to watch. I had the pleasure of singing back up to one of their new songs, which was lots of fun.

SCMG – What would they say about you?

EKM – Hopefully they would both have good things to say( lol). I think they’d say I’m easy to work with/mature for my age, and someone who works hard for their goals

SCMG – Who would you like to work with but haven’t yet had the chance?

EKM – That’s a hard one, I don’t really have a specific person in mind at the moment. I’m always open to working with new people and try to surround myself with different types of artists/genres so that I can stay more musically “diverse”. I think it shows in my music.

SCMG – What are your favorite albums of all time from any musician?

EKM – Melophobia by Cage the Elephant, In between dreams by Jack Johnson, Cardinal by Pinegrove… I could go on forever! Those albums are some of my absolute favorites, and have shaped me into who I am as a musician. I love all types of music and listen to it all. My playlists go from Jack Johnson, to Wiz Khalifa, to Jason Aldean… I’m weird

SCMG – If you could meet any of your favorite musicians, who would you choose and why?

EKM – I would have to choose Jack Johnson, even though my music is really nothing like his. He’s always been my favorite musician, and I’ve always been that annoying fan who sends fan mail to him. His music will always have the power to put me in a good mood. I’d love to ask him what inspires him and get to watch his song writing process. Maybe someday!

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