Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Q-an-A: Emotion Brown lays her grooves all over town
She lets us in on a little bit of that Sweet Emotion.
Writer, poet, novelist, teacher. This woman does it all, and she does it with a style all her own.
Brown has been laying down her grooves all over town, but music isn’t the only thing the songstress is good at. In between making sweet soulternative sounds, she's become a published novelist and poet.
Just before a performance at the Common Table in Dallas, we caught up with Brown to talk about her forthcoming album, her writing, and just what JTNL has in store for this year.
PegNews: What are you working on now?
Emotion Brown: I did a song called “Kiest & Polk” with my cousin that has a video, and I am going to release that as a single hopefully by August. I was going to try and put it on my next album, but I think it works well as a single.
I am also heavily involved in the second recording of the next Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights’ album. I have a song in that will hopefully get accepted and get on there. You guys are going to love it. It is called “Do My Thing.” Me and JT wrote it, and it is a party song.
When do you expect the next JTNL album to be released?
Emotion Brown — “Kiest and Polk”
That is a good question. We are currently recording it right now, but once we have a set amount of songs, we will be able to tell you when to expect it. But we hope to be finished by the end of May -- like fully recorded and off to the label by the end of May.
As far as another Emotion Brown project, I am working on it. I just want to keep doing live shows and work on it. I want to say by November of this year I would like to have another five-song project available.
What should fans expect from the tentative new album?
They should expect to have a good time. They should expect to be heard. To know that there is an artist out there that can connect with some of them with how they feel about relationships, how they feel about themselves. How they feel about the world, how they feel about politics.
Do you think Dallas is a good scene for music?
What I have always, always said about Dallas is that it is not a launchpad. It is where you come to practice. It is where you can develop your sound. Whatever your sound is, Dallas is that place. It is not a place that determines whether you are going to make it or not. Dallas is the kind of place that will kick your ass musically.
Tell us about your writing and poetry.
I am actually 70% done with my fourth novel. I have had three published, and I am not in those contracts anymore. This next one may be self-published, but I don’t know. Once I get it done, hopefully someone will come out of the woodwork and offer me money for it, but if not, I am well-equipped to publish it on my own. That is how I have started everything. Everything has started from an organic, grassroots place.