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Emily Taylor Kelso

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Influences:

Name just about any country artist and I'll probably be able to tell you how they've influenced me

Favourite Singer/Songwriter:

Kacey Musgraves, Ashley Monroe, Brandy Clark, Merle Haggard

Contact Email:

emilytkelso@gmail.com

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Songs by Emily Taylor Kelso

Drinkin' You Away

The first time I walked away, I wanted you to fight for me
So I could forgive and give you another chance
But you messed with my mind one too many times
So now I'm givin' up this bad romance

And this time's the last time I say it's the last time
And this time there ain't no makin' me stay
And this time's the last time you'll ever be on my mind
'Cause this time I'm drinkin' you away

Now I've got this barstool and some old Haggard tunes
Playin' on the jukebox in the corner
But don't worry 'bout me darling, I'm doing fine
'Cause just like Merle, I'm here 'til closin' time

And this time's the last time I say it's the last time
And this time there ain't no makin' me stay
And this time's the last time you'll ever be on my mind
'Cause this time I'm drinkin' you away

And this time's the last time I say it's the last time
And this time there ain't no makin' me stay
And this time's the last time you'll ever be on my mind
'Cause this time I'm drinkin' you away

Yeah, this time I'm drinkin' you away
Oh this time I'm drinkin' you away

[Lyrics]


Free

I've said it before and I'll say it again
Only this time I really mean it
This is the end

While I'm gettin' clean, you'll be gettin' messed up
'Cause life without me just ain't good enough
And you're the one who screwed up

And maybe it's true that you're still on my mind
I gave out all my chances, but you just left me behind
So I'm picking my heart up off the floor
So you can't kick it around anymore
For all those years, I couldn't see
But now I'm free

You can try and try, oh but I won't reply
'Cause I know exactly what you'll say
And I just don't care

All this time we were living a lie
You never knew how much I needed you
'Cause you were never there

And maybe it's true that you're still on my mind
I gave out all my chances, but you just left me behind
So I'm picking my heart up off the floor
So you can't kick it around anymore
For all those years, I couldn't see
But now I'm free

Why did you have to lead me on?
What made you think my heart was that strong?
I could've given you everything
Now you're nothing more than words to sing

And maybe it's true that you're still on my mind
I gave out all my chances, but you just left me behind
So I'm picking my heart up off the floor
So you can't kick it around anymore
For all those years, I couldn't see
But now I'm free

I've said it before and I'll say it again,
This is the end

[Lyrics]


Memories on My Mind

The Song Memories on My Mind has no lyrics associated with it.

[Lyrics]


Until You Want Me

Long drives after midnight with your blue eyes on fire
Sneakin' out, runnin' 'round, we were walking on a wire

It was painfully perfect and hopelessly worth it
To hold you, even just for a while

And I got lost in your world of heartache
And I found out I am not that strong
And I know I can't just forget about it
'Cause I know I'll want you until you want me

You let me in, you dragged me down until I felt numb
But when you pulled me close, we burned like the sun

And now I don't know how to let go of everything we had
So I'll keep holding on

And I got lost in your world of heartache
And I found out I am not that strong
And I know I can't just forget about it
'Cause I know I'll want you until you want me

Remember me, lookin' at you like you were all I'll need
In your old car every night in the backseat, knowing you so personally
And in my dreams you're still right here with me

And I got lost in your world of heartache
And I found out I am not that strong
And I know I can't just forget about it
'Cause I know I'll want you until you want me

Long drives after midnight with your blue eyes on fire

[Lyrics]


What I Wouldn't Do

You left me standing on the edge, hanging by a thread
Screaming out your name just to watch you walk away

I know it's true, I shouldn't still want you
And even though you caused the pain, I always take the blame

Oooh, what I wouldn't do
To wash away the blue
And just get over you

It was you that screwed it up, it was you that broke the trust
And I'm haunted every day by the mess that you made

I won't forget, it keeps replaying in my head
The night you went too far and you made the first scar

Oooh, what I wouldn't do
To wash away the blue
And just get over you

Only a fool would still feel the way I do
After what you put me through, i know I should hate you
I wanna hate you

Oooh, what I wouldn't do
To wash away the blue
And just get over you

Oooh, what I wouldn't do
To wash away the blue
And just get over you

[Lyrics]


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Region:

Halifax, NS

Level of Experience:

ON MY WAY

Genre:

Country

I Write:

By myself | For myself | With others | For others

I prefer to write:

Lyrics | Melody | Chord Patterns

Songs Recorded:

Memories on My Mind, Free, Drinkin' You Away, Almost, Danced All Night, What I Wouldn't Do, Sweet Silver Lining, Until You Want Me, His Ghost, In Time (Something Beautiful), You Ain't Woman Enough, Golden Ring

Albums Released:

Something Beautiful

I am interested in:

Web Cowriting | Networking | Pitching Songs to Artists | Pitching Songs To Tv/Film/Etc. | Signing with a Label | Getting a Publishing Deal

Biography:

Ontario-born and Newfoundland-raised, Emily Taylor Kelso was surrounded by country music from day one. Her family loved music more than most, and most family get-togethers were centred around country music, jam sessions, and sing-alongs. At 2 years old, if you asked Emily who her favourite singer was, she would, without hesitation, tell you it was George Jones. She grew up idolizing fellow Canadian Shania Twain, whom she credits as one of her very first musical inspirations. As she neared adulthood, Emily’s appreciation for country music and its origins increased drastically. The music of Loretta Lynn and Merle Haggard resonated with her so much that she immediately knew country was the only genre for her. There could be no fighting it—country music was in her soul.

Emily first began her musical journey at a young age with piano lessons, then vocal lessons. In 2009, she discovered that aspiring singers were finding success by uploading covers of popular songs on YouTube, so she decided to do the same. Her cover of Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the U.S.A.” earned her half a million views before it was made private. That same year, Emily received her first guitar and taught herself to play. Though she’d been writing lyrics and melodies since age 9, learning to play the guitar allowed her to get serious about her song-writing. So far, she has amassed a collection of over 500 original songs, all without a co-writer, although she is eager to start collaborating with other artists in the future.

Over the years, Emily performed frequently in her hometown of Norris Arm, which is home to the Fox Moth Heritage Centre. After graduating from high school, she got a summer job as a musician at the Hann’s Point Dinner Theatre in Lewisporte, where she spent the next four summers working. At Hann’s Point, Emily got the opportunity to work with other incredibly talented musicians and share her love of country music (and some of her original songs) with audiences from not only all over the province, but all over North America. She and her Hann’s Point Players bandmates have played in various locations in central Newfoundland over the years, giving her the stage experience she desired. In her final year with the Hann’s Point Players, Emily starred Loretta Lynn in the play “Honky Tonk Girl,” a play about Lynn’s life and career. This was a dream come true for the aspiring country artist, and the show was hugely successful.

Determined to make it in country music, Emily wasn’t about to wait around for a record deal to get her music out there. She used her free time to immerse herself in the history of country music as well as the business side of the music industry. By 2017, she had formulated a plan to self-release her very first album. To honour the town that had shown her unwavering support, Emily chose to record her music in a studio in Norris Arm during her final summer at home. She put all her time, effort, and money into making sure the album was everything she ever wanted. The result? An album that pays tribute to the artists who made country music into the genre Emily fell in love with—like Merle Haggard, whose 2016 death added even more fuel to Emily’s love and appreciation of the genre. An album that rejects the inexplicably popular electronic and pop-infused country music that has recently been dominating the charts. An album that Emily hopes Merle, George, and Loretta would be proud of. An album called “Something Beautiful.”

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