Emily Burns: 16 Quick Q’s for Your New Musical Crush!

Looking for a new musical crush? We got you covered! Meet the rising UK pop artist Emily Burns!

Emily Burns // Press
Emily Burns // Press

Your new favorite song or lifelong musical crush is always right around the corner, and it’s our job to keep bringing you amazing new tunes and artists with that very goal in mind. That’s why we got in touch with the one and only Emily Burns!

Gay Times calls it “carefully considered pop full of vulnerability” and Vogue describes it as “honest, accessible and captivating pop music”. UK singer and songwriter Emily Burns is definitely one to watch this year!

Picture yourself working in the most legendary studios in the world – the Abbey Road Studios – and see the biggest stars pass you by everyday as a somewhat utopian promise that dreams can come true. That was what Emily Burns did when she spent years working as a receptionist in the studios, where acts like Shirley Bassey and Aretha Franklin recorded history decades ago, before names like Amy Winehouse, Frank Ocean and Lady Gaga found their way to the mythological building.

Emily Burns is still on the rise with her emotional and extremely catchy music in which she touching upon themes of sexuality, vulnerability and her own experiences of being part of the LGBTQ community. And just to get a sense of full circle, she previously returned to the Abbey Road Studios to participate in a live-streamed fundraiser show in aid of AKT Charity which supports young and vulnerable LGBTQ+ people faced with homelessness.

With tracks like “Vanilla Sundae” and breakthrough single “Is It Just Me?”, she’s already collected millions of streams worldwide and with her latest offering “I’m So Happy” she’s added another captivating pop song to her musical catalog.

We’ve reached out to Emily Burns herself to make her finish a few sentences for us, so you can get to know her a bit better before you jump on the pop-train and join her on the journey of a promising career.

Hi, I’m Emily Burns and I’ve been making music since… I was 10! I know that sounds bizarre but I wrote my first song then and knew it was what I wanted to do forever.

I started making music because… I grew up in a really musical household. My parents were always listening to music and my brother played in bands so I just naturally took an interest in it as well. I loved music and words from a really young age, so writing songs felt like a perfect way to express myself.

If I were to describe my music, I’d say it sounds kind of like… story-telling, but in song form.

I feel the most inspired when… I’m relaxed… I find that if I’m really busy and stressed, I struggle to be creative. It’s always when I’m in a calm and chilled environment that the best ideas come around.

I’m really proud of… how my sound has developed over the years… I feel like as I’ve matured, so has my music and hopefully people can hear that in the songs.

The first time I heard “Cut You Off” by Selena Gomez, I felt… like dancing… and that to me is the sign of a perfect pop song, because I NEVER dance.

I’ll never forget when… I went to see the spice Girls when I was 5 years old and Scary Spice winked at my friend’s Dad. It was all very exciting.

When I hear the word “egg” it makes me… squirm.

16 quick Q's | Emily Burns

“It’s important to empower women because… we are still under-represented in so many industries… and we still have to work and fight harder than men do, in order to be regarded in the same light.”

I feel the most empowered when… I’m on stage… there is no feeling quite like playing live and hearing people sing back lyrics that you wrote.

My latest release is “I’m So Happy” and it’s… about the fear that comes hand-in hand with overwhelming happiness.

When people listen to my music, I hope they... want to dance/cry/sing/scream/smile … as long as it makes them feel SOMETHING then I’m happy.

It’s important to empower women because… we are still under-represented in so many industries… and we still have to work and fight harder than men do, in order to be regarded in the same light.

My biggest role models are… my family… cheesy answer but, I love my family so much and they really do make me extremely proud. Especially my older brother, he’s someone I look up to very much.

Looking back at this time of my life 10 years from now, I’ll remember it being… WEIRD and happy. What a strange time we’ve all gone through together… but I feel very fortunate to have wonderful people around me who make me smile every day.

If I met my 14-year-old self I’d tell her… never to try and be like anyone else. The thing that’s going to make you stand out and get you noticed, is being unapologetically yourself, because no one else can be that.

I want you to know that… you should stop worrying, because whatever you’re worrying about, might never happen. I really should learn to take my own advice on this one!!

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