EMILY OSMENT BRINGS OUT ALL THE RIGHT WRONGS ON HER NEW EP IN STORES NOW!
EMILY OSMENT BRINGS OUT ALL THE RIGHT WRONGS ON HER NEW EP IN STORES NOW! (By: Bessie Sorge)
Last week Hollywood Teen’Zine was given the opportunity to catch up with Emily Osment to discuss her venture into the world of music. Emily is best known as Hannah Montana’s sidekick Lilly Truscott on the Disney Channel, and has even performed a few songs for various Disney soundtracks. But what many of you may not know is that music is something Emily has been passionate about all of her life. For as long as she can remember music has been a huge part of her upbringing, having watched her mother and brother play the guitar at a very young age. Emily recalls picking up the guitar for the first time when she was in Elementary school and has been playing it ever since. “I don’t think there was a clicking moment where I was like ‘this is what I want to do, this is what I am going to do,’” she rationalized about her budding music career. “I was always writing when I was little and when I learned to play the guitar it just sort of all went together.”
Having recently signed to the popular indie label Wind-Up Records, Emily is gearing up for the release her debut album and is currently promoting her newly released EP “All The Right Wrongs.” One may ask why this young and talented Disney starlet opted not to follow in her castmates footsteps and the answer is simple; Emily is not a follower and she takes her music seriously. “I wouldn’t want to emulate anybody’s career. If I emulate someone else’s career then I’m not going to be interesting because you already know what’s coming,” she explained.
“I don’t want to just come out of a box and sell a bunch of records, I want to come out of the box and be like ‘hey, this is music, appreciate it,’ and I think they really gave me that opportunity,” she said of her decision to ink the deal with Wind-Up. Emily was quick to say that one of her musical inspirations is alternative rock icon Beck, who is best known for his creative lyrics and catchy tunes. “All his albums sound completely different, but concise within the same album,” she told us. “That’s what I want to do. I know my music is going to change and that’s why I went with a label like Wind-Up because they supported me with that.”
The passion she possesses for her music is exactly what attracted the label to add Emily to their renowned client roster. “After meeting her and listening to her demos, it was very clear that she is extremely passionate about her music, is a talented songwriter and has a certain edge to her vocals that will distinguish her from her contemporaries,” noted Edward Vetri, President of Wind-Up Records.
Emily promises that the music found on “All The Right Things” comes from personal experiences having co-written all six of the tracks. In fact, the title of the EP explains just that. “The name of the EP came from the inspiration of the songs,” she explained. “I’m a kid, you know, I make mistakes. It’s the wrong choices and how you overcome them and what you learn from them that makes you who you really are.”
Hours upon hours were spent in Max Collins living room eating Chinese food while collaborating on the music for “All The Right Wrongs” and the forthcoming album. “Inspiration comes from everything. I mean, you just sit down and you think of what would be a good idea, or an interesting lyric, and that kind of thing, and the music just comes from there. Usually, if it is a good song you really don’t even have to try; it just comes naturally,” she explained of her personal experience writing music. So, where exactly did Emily get the inspiration to write her music? “All of the songs are really pretty much about somebody or something personal to me. So, I was able to pull from personal experience which makes writing even easier because you know where you’re coming from,” she confessed.
The first single “All The Way Up” is already climbing up the charts at Radio Disney, currently sitting in the number nine position. The lyrics of the song show a maturing young woman trying to breakout of the life she has been leading; “It’s a temporary life, it’s a ride that takes you all the way up, all the way down, never look back, it’s time to breakout.” With her new music career already creating a buzz in Hollywood fans can look forward to seeing Emily’s career take off to new heights next year when her debut album officially drops in Spring 2010!
This fall you can catch Emily opening for fellow Wind-Up artists Push Play at various venues along the East Coast. When Emily first met the all-boy band in Nashville she was excited to find out they were close in age. “A lot of people on Wind-Up are like Creed and Evanescence, so they are in their 20’s and 30’s and we’re still kids, which is great. We really connected through that,” she gushed. Being two of the youngest acts from the label makes for the perfect tour, and Emily couldn’t me more excited about it. “We knew that Wind-Up kind of had a plan for us to go out (on tour) together because their music is kind of similar and we hit the same age range because of our music,” Emily explained. “I love those guys and it’s going to be so much fun.”
Be sure you stop by our On The Road section to find out if Emily Osment will be appearing in a town near you. Get to know a little more about Emily by reading select excerpts from our interview below, and stop by Amazon.com today and download her brand new EP available now.
How far along are you from finishing the final product, the album that is scheduled to be released in March 2010?
That is a common date. I mean, it is going to be Spring, we don’t know if it’s actually going to be March. It’s still October, so we’re working on it. I’m here in New York and we’re working on the record right now. I’m going into the studio at 3PM and we’re going to work on it some more.
Do you have a specific venue you are looking forward to performing at?
That's funny you say that, I actually go to the East coast a lot but when I do I spend my time mostly in New York or down South. So, I really don't know or haven't been to a lot of the venues or even States that we are going to. It will be interesting. I think it's going to be smaller clubs and maybe some big venues. And I am playing a Walmart show again at some point. It's very fun, very crazy. Life on a bus will be interesting, I haven't done that yet.
Speaking of "life on a bus" how do you plan on passing the time? Because you are going to be driving place to place and that is a lot of time to be sitting there doing nothing on a bus!
Exactly! I'm kind of struggling on that note too. I'm like, 'what will I pack, what will I bring?' I don't know. I mean, one bathroom, ten guys and me, basically. It's going to actually prep me for college pretty well because I am going to be spending a lot of time in a very small dorm next year. So, it will be good; it will be fun. I'm just going to pack a bunch of stuff. And I'm a girl so just get used to it, because I am going to bring a lot of stuff and you are going to have to deal with it.
What do you plan on majoring in?
You know, that's a question that I can't answer because I honestly don't know. I am a senior so I am doing my applications right now and everything, and its crazy busy. But I think any college is going to give you the experience that you want to get out of it. It's not what college you go to; it's what you take away from it. I want to write. I am taking Psychology this year and I love that, so maybe some of that. I don't know. Anything. Some theatre probably. We will see what happens.
Going back to the tour, what is one thing that you have on your checklist that must have with you?
My computer probably, just because it has everything; books, lots of good books. That's going to be a big one, because there's going to be a lot of downtime. My guitar so I can write on the road would probably be good. I'm just going to pack a bunch of stuff and see what happens.
Do you have a favorite book that you have read recently?
It's funny you say that because I actually just picked up a book yesterday, "On The Road" by Jack Kerouac, which I am reading right now. My brother and a bunch of my friends were like "you have to read this book, it's so good," so I am reading that right now. I am only on Page 5, I started like 10 minutes ago, so we will see.
Do you have a studio band that you use that is different than what you have on the road?
That's a great question. Yes, I do. Even with established bands today, the established bands don't actually play on the actual record. Sometimes it's not even a band it's just people that you hire to play certain instruments that you know are going to kill it.
How do you get ready for performance day, and choosing an outfit?
That's the hardest part. That's really funny. You would think that there would be something harder. That's legitimately the hardest part about getting ready for the show, it's choosing what the heck I am wearing because honestly shoes are very important because you just don't want to trip, and making sure your monitor pack is in a place where you can reach it, so you're probably just wearing jeans which is boring. Sometimes it's hard, but besides that it's just vocal warm-ups and a small rehearsal and soundcheck.
Have you had any embarrassing moments on stage?
Not yet. I don't want to jinx it.
What is the craziest fan encounter that you have ever had? Or the craziest thing a fan has ever done to get your attention?
One time at a signing I signed a baby. I literally signed a baby. The parents were like "sign my child." That was kind of strange, you know?
Laura wants to know if you are a Twilight fan and if you are Team Jacob or Team Edward?
(Laughs) Of course, I read the books who hasn't? I love them. I don't think I could be a "Team Jacob" or a "Team Edward," but I think I would have to say "Team Edward," and not because of Taylor Lautner or Rob Pattinson at all, they have nothing to do with it. It's just that I like that character way better.
Christine wants to know what your most used cell phone application is?
Oh wow you ask some good questions! Probably AIM. I use that a lot. When I am away from my computer I just log on that. It's actually very useful.
Comment by Daan /
on 2009-11-10 13:51:27 Cool...I would like to hang out with her.. :) but that is impossible i guess...
Comment by steven parnell/romeo_parnz@hot on 2009-12-31 06:55:55 would u ever tour the uk cos i love ur music and think u are beautiful and would love to see u in concert
on 2010-07-11 17:02:25 Querida Shea. É um grande prazer estar escrevendo para uma linda e grande artista,te admiro muito. Muitas felicidades e mil beijos.
on 2009-12-09 16:53:36 would you ever come to Alabama??
on 2010-07-11 17:00:18 Olá querida. Como vai a linda princesa de olhos lindos e brilhantes como diamantes. Shea,desejo a voê
on 2010-07-11 17:03:41 Querida Shea. É um grande prazer estar escrevendo para uma linda e grande artista,te admiro muito. Muitas felicidades e mil beijos.
on 2010-10-30 11:06:15 lol i like you better than hanna montana on the show when i get to watch it. i just think thats funny.
on 2010-10-04 08:14:07 I love how u sing!!!!1
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Comment by Anonymous on 2010-12-02 12:54:05 Yo the beutifllu in the Brazil