Nashville-based Emily Hackett has been on a stratospheric rise since the release of her two-part EP By the Sun and By the Moon, which drew much critical acclaim from Rolling Stone and Billboard and saw her tipped as the next woman of country.
Recalling the classic songwriting-via-pop production of the likes of Taylor Swift, Hackett’s new EP My Version of a Love Song displays an observational maturity that works to mirror the lives of listeners in a way that will surely find her music soundtracking many moments whilst nurturing a growing, dedicated fanbase.
Hackett spoke to Secret Meeting about some of the influences she holds dear…
Three albums I love
Michelle Branch – The Spirit Room
This album literally lived in my candy apple red walkman disc-player on a West-Coast Spring Break road trip with my family when I was 12. It was my first time in California too, so I was definitely day-dreaming about fame and making music like that.
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV
The fourth record. I’ll just keep flipping the record over and over. The way Robert Plant sings truly seduces me. The music they made was art and it still makes me feel more than a lot of music does.
Harry Styles – Harry Styles/ Fine Line
I still can’t decide if I like the first or the second album better, but they both have been played a hundred times over since they came out. He is doing exactly what he wants and I respect it so much. Never trying to fit the mould.
A film I love
Almost Famous is my all-time favourite movie. I can pretty much quote the whole thing, and I do often! There’s so much depth to that film and I really enjoyed celebrating its 20th anniversary this year by listening to a killer podcast on it, called Origins, where James Andrew interviewed the cast members and Cameron Crowe.
One book I love
Anthony Doerr – All the Light We Cannot See
I am such a book nerd, it’s really hard to pick one! I am big on fiction though, and really great descriptive writing, as it helps inspire songs oftentimes. The one that stands out over the last couple years is All The Light We Cannot See, a WWII novel. What an incredible angle to a story we have heard many times.
One song that’s important
Fleetwood Mac – Landslide
Landslide by Fleetwood Mac will never not gut me. It came on the other day from the speakers at an outside restaurant while I was with my family and we all reacted to it the moment we heard it. It hits me differently every time I hear it too, depending on where I’m at in life.
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