Here at AwakenMag we like to keep you up-to-date on up-and-coming artists/worshiper leaders. The minute I heard the music created by Emily Cole, I knew I had to spread the sound. Don’t let Emily’s youth fool you, her lyrics are full of deep wisdom beyond her years combined with a refined sound. The below interview is our attempt to pick her brain!
AMAG: What spurs you to create music?
EC: Jesus and his love for me, haha. I know it sounds like a typical answer, but it’s true! He’s done so much for me and I can’t help but write songs about his love! I would say also seasons of life spur me to create music, I’m an introvert and I don’t really talk to people what I’m going though so putting what I’m feeling into a song is my way of dealing with certain things.
Sitting outside around tall green trees inspires me as well and walking barefoot in the grass, feeling the wind blow against my face, hearing rushing rivers, maybe even walking in the river. Haha probably the best place for me to write. That’s why you hear me talk about nature and adventures a lot in my songs. Other than that I would say playing a real piano inspires me to write, the weight of the keys and the raw sound gets me every time.
AMAG: What was your goal behind this piece? Why create an album?
EC: I just wanted to share my music that came from the deepest most honest part of my heart, in the hope that people would encounter Jesus the way I did.
AMAG: How have you developed your artistic style? It feels whimsical, mystical and full of life just like chasing fireflies on a summer night
EC: I think it honestly comes from the music I listen to. Which ties into the question on who influences me in music. I’ve been listening to a band called “Sleeping At Last” for a few years and he has a similar magical feel to his music. I guess if you listen to someone enough they start to rub off on you.
AMAG: Ok, the song “Everything to Me” hits the depths of the soul! Did you write it and what birthed this song?
EC: Yes I did write it! I wrote it while I was having time alone with The Lord during my outreach in Turkey for my Discipleship Training School(DTS). I started singing and the words just kept coming! It came from an honest place while I was so desperate for God and everything around me was trying to get me to believe that he wasn’t real and he didn’t care for me. But I knew better and for six months it was this battle of wanting only Jesus and I knew that life without him would be meaningless. That’s where the song came from, a desperate heart for God’s love, pushing away the world and it’s lies.
AMAG: What advice would you give artists who want to create music?
EC: Write from your heart, write about what you are going through. The world doesn’t need more worship songs that are just words they don’t need another hit song that says Jesus 15 times. They need real, raw songs that lead them into the place of connecting their hearts to Jesus. You need to bring people to the place you were at while writing the song. You can only do that by being real and transparent.
AMAG: I’ve heard your music is getting recognition and worship leaders are singing it, did you ever think the album would have reached as far as it has?
EC: Hahaha not at all! I thought maybe a few of my Youth with a Mission (YWAM) friends would buy it, and possibly a few of my International House of Prayer (IHOP) friends, but I never thought that people would actually start leading my songs! It has been fantastic and wild. Even now it still doesn’t feel real, it still feels like I’m the only who knows my songs and I’m just singing them to Jesus.
AMAG: Who has been you biggest influence for your music? for your life?
EC: Sleeping At Last like I mentioned before I love how is song are quite poetic and there’s such emotion behind the words. But above all there are a few people that really influence me in my life. My family is the first, they have been there for me through thick and thin. They have showed me how much Jesus love me. They love me no matter what I do with my life or what mistakes I make. They mean so much to me. They are all my best friends and I mean that with all my heart.
I look up to Mother Teresa in many ways, and I hope that one day I will be able to touch even a portion of the people she touched with her love.
I would say the second group would be the saints/mothers and fathers of the faith that have gone before me. When I read their books and quotes, I just feel so inspired to know Jesus more and know him in the depth that they knew him. The one who has influenced me the most out of the fathers and mothers of the faith was, Mother Teresa. Her main heart’s cry was to be known amount the poorest of the poor and the lowest of the low. She said everytime we touch or take care of an ill person (in her example she was talking to a nun who was taking care of a leper) we are touching the broken and beaten body of Jesus Christ. That totally transformed me, I want to love Jesus as much as she did. I want to have that deep understanding of who he is.
I look up to Mother Teresa in many ways, and I hope that one day I will be able to touch even a portion of the people she touched with her love. You can make grand speeches, write good sermons and songs, but it means nothing if you do not love when you are not in front of people. Will you give a cup of water to a random dirty child in a third world country even if it means you have to share your own water with them. Will you love those that are sick and take care of the broken hearted when you are tired and there is no one else to love them? That’s what she has taught me, but the most important thing was how she really understood she must love the widow and the orphan no matter the cost. If I could meet her today I would give her the biggest hug (probably cry in her arms) and I would thank her, because even though she is no longer living I can still feel the love in every word she wrote. She loved like Jesus loved. That is incredible.