At a time when seemingly everyone is releasing music online and aspiring to full-time careers in the music industry, even today’s most talented artists consider distinguishing themselves a daunting task. On her new single “Falling,”folk pop singer-songwriter Emma Charleston captures both the angst and the optimism of an extraordinarily gifted musician in an overly saturated market. Based at the prestigious and intensely competitive Berklee College of Music, the multi-instrumentalist Charleston delivers a dreamy ballad of a tune that touches on themes of self-doubt, determination, and individuality. “Falling” will be available digitally on February 17 via iTunes, Spotify and other online sites. More information on Charleston is available on her official website.
According to Charleston, “Falling” originated in the rough and tumble world of a challenging Berklee classroom: “I wrote this song after an exceptionally difficult day of classes. It was a day that pushed me as both an artist and a person. I went through the day feeling like I had to compare myself to other aspiring artists.” With feelings of self-doubt creeping in, Charleston allowed herself to express her feelings in a way that was both musically and emotionally healing.
However, as the songwriting process evolved, “Falling” turned into a hopeful ode to persistence and self-confidence: “In the end, “Falling” became a song about finding yourself in a world of people just like you. It’s an urgent reminder that you have to retain your individuality and find your own way.”
The most recent member of a musical family spanning multiple generations, Emma is influenced by her mother, the award-winning jazz singer, lyricist, and songwriterRondi Charleston. Charleston’s grandmother, Elsa Charleston, was, in her day, a leading contemporary classical singer based in Chicago.
Emma grew up in a music-filled house, one that fostered creativity. Starting early at violin and piano in the Suzuki method, she made her musical debut at age five. At age eight, she made guest appearances at Lincoln Center, singing background vocals with her mother’s jazz quartet. Charleston has since created, performed, and interpreted different styles of music, resulting in her development as a classically trained singer who can also belt out pop, R&B, jazz, and rock anthems.
Emma has always combined her musicality with her theatrical talents. Her wide array of skills has allowed the multi-talented Charleston to star in, direct, and produce local and regional theatre productions of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Hair, Sweeney Todd, Avenue Q, and Urinetown. She is currently producing West Side Story at Berklee. Fueled by a seemingly endless passion for and commitment to her music, Charleston is also currently promoting her new EP on SoundCloud, posting cover songs on YouTube, and studying performance and songwriting.