Happy New Year’s Eve, dear Bright Siders! We are so excited to introduce you to our Honorary New Year’s Ambassador of Sunshine: Annalise Emerick. Annalise is an absolute force when it comes to living your dream and “Do what you love, love what you do.” Today’s Ambassador brings a soundtrack with her as well! But, first, let’s meet her…
1. Please introduce yourself to our readers and explain a little bit about who you are and what you do.
Hey I’m Annalise Emerick, a singer/songwriter currently based in Boston. I’m originally from Austin, Texas by way of Seattle, went to college in Nashville and after 5 years I moved up here to explore the New England music world. By day I’m a nanny/waitress (depending on the day) and by night I’m a songwriter/performer. I also do all my own booking, management, publicity and everything else that comes with being an independent musician in today’s world.
2. We believe that one of the ways to achieve happiness is to “Do what you love, love what you do.” How does this philosophy apply to your life?
It’s funny you ask that because a couple nights ago I was heading home from work and I had this moment when I said to myself “oh my gosh I am so happy right now.” I feel like in the past year since my EP, Starry-Eyed, came out I have spent thousands of hours plugging, promoting, booking, while working full work weeks to pay my bills with other jobs, but at the end of the day, I’m making my dream come true. With the release of my music video last week a lot of people have come out and told me how proud they are and how the hard work is paying off and I’m finally realizing this myself. I love writing songs but in today’s music industry you can’t just write songs and expect anything to happen. There is a massive business side that you also have to take care of until someone comes along and offers their professional help. Until then, you’re on your own. I have discovered that all that work I do never really feels like work. I think it’s because I’m always working toward the greater goal, booking a show takes time, and effort, and countless emails but if I get to play that one show at that one coffee shop, it’s totally worth it. I recently did an interview for American Songwriter and they asked me what are your words to live by, my answer? Work hard for something you love and it will never feel like work.
One of the most common places I get lyric inspiration is in my car. This can be a bit inconvenient but I’ve learned to sing everything into my phone and listen to it later when I get home. Also, I get to hang out with a 5-year old and an almost 3-year old, 5 days a week; they are the coolest kids ever. They totally keep me on my toes. If I’m having a rough day and the time comes to pick them up from school, they are always there to snap me right back to reality, and they don’t even know it! They remind me that I need to take one day at a time. When I’m with them I don’t think about music or try to send important emails, I make sure they are fed and happy and feel loved. We go to the park a lot. Yesterday we went to see Santa, what a beautiful thing. They are both on the nice list this year of course.
4. On a dreary day, what do you do to infuse your life with a bit of sunshine?
Play music. Listen to music. Read a good book. Call an old friend. Call my mom.
5. What are you most grateful for?
What an impossible question! I’m grateful for so many things. I’m grateful to be doing what I love everyday, to have a supportive family that is always there for me when I need them, for the most supportive and loving boyfriend I could ever ask for. I’m grateful that we live in a time where hard work still pays off and if you truly want something you can make it happen. I know that times are tough for people, trust me, but I’ve seen with my own eyes how hard work and complete determination are the qualities that make things happen. I’m grateful that we live in a world that is big enough to keep us completely overwhelmed and small enough to make us feel special.
And, dear friends, here is a special view of Annalise’s video for her song “This Love Won’t Break Your Heart.” I have a feeling this will be on repeat tonight and we hope you’ll share it with your friends and loved ones. Be safe and have a wonderful New Year’s Eve!