Watch List: Emma Marie - Don't Go
We love the talented artists coming out of the UK here at TheNext2Shine, including an artist we have featured before, Emma Marie (Emma Marie Parkes), a singer who says 'I just love story telling through song'. She is back, courtesy of P110HD Media, with her original take on a classic, the beautiful, rich tone of her voice, infused with raw emotion and vulnerability, and just a touch of defiance, plaintively asking her lover 'don't go, don't leave me, please stay with me' over the classic Ski Beatz produced, and Lonnie Liston Smith 'A Garden of Peace' sampled, instrumental for Jay-Z's 'Dead Presidents'. She acknowledges the contradiction of wanting an errant lover to stay, saying of the premise of the song 'women love the song telling a cheat to get out... but what about when that woman doesn't really want him to leave?'.
A Birmingham based singer/songwriter who was raised in church, Emma Marie, who recently appeared at the Birmingham ILUVLIVE showcase, says 'I have been singing for years but just never took the bold step to put any of my material out there in a consistent fashion. Up until recently it has just been a random video and open mic here and there whilst I pursued a career...and focused on my duties as a mum. But I have got to a point now where all I want to do is sing/songwrite...My aim for this year is to build my following and release an EP towards the end of the year. I hope to continue to write and sing music that I can be proud of and that contributes positively to my community and the world'.