Jennifer Emard Releases “Beautifully Unbroken” With Its Message That Even if You’re Broken, Never Give Up on Yourself
Jennifer Emard is a singer-songwriter hailing from Terrell, Texas. She describes her music as Indie Pop, but she has an appreciation for all genres, growing up listening to every genre from Roy Rogers to Celine Dion. She likes using instruments and melodies that lead you through the emotion of the story of the song.
I’m not sure what the Rocking L Guest Ranch is. I would take them to Buc-ee’s Gas Station or anywhere other than Terrell.
Read that you’ve been performing and studying voice for more than 24 years, and also book voice lessons. What advice would you give to a new artist looking to book lessons?
Find a real job. Just kidding. Learn the art of the story telling. Anyone can sing. Not everyone can tell the story.
“Write exhausted edit when you’re smart.” The evolution of a song — from the raw emotions to the seasoned artist mindset. How does a songwriter keep what the heart wants to say but make it sound polished?
Just write honestly.
From the 1913 opening as the Martin Theatre (drawing crowds to see moving pictures) to 1985, when it was remodeled to include a live stage and renamed Pleasant Jamboree. You said “it’s a church now, but it was my music sanctuary growing up.” Recently you took your 13-year-old daughter to see where you played classic country at the same age, a place where you “learned humility, how to be an entertainer, how to be flexible, and where we ‘paid our dues.’” Can you describe a favorite memory from playing at the Jamboree?
There was a floor fan in the second story dressing room. It was open and running for the longest time. I always made my mom go with me to make sure I didn’t fall in.
Do you see your daughters following their mother’s footsteps and pursuing a career in the music industry?
No, I don’t. They said they wanted to move out someday so them being able to afford that implies that they are not going to go into the music business.
“Beautifully Unbroken.” How does the instrumentation, consisting of only keys, horn, flute, and a slight bass line, help the listener better feel the full effect of the emotional lyrics?
It’s not too busy. The lyrics aren’t covered by overproduction.
“Embrace the path that is beautifully unbroken.” Facing life’s obstacles head on, not giving up, allows us to rebuild and move forward. What tools help you positively refocus after going through difficult times?
Having faith and surrounding myself with encouraging and wise friends.
Last year you decided to go solo, change your genre and sound, and totally reinvent yourself — even learning the keyboard so you wouldn’t have to turn down gigs. What’s ahead in 2021?
I hope this year was just a beginning. More releases, more shows, writing… everything gets bigger in 2021…