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EMMA WALSH – THE NEW INGENUE

At nineteen years young, Al Johnson Performing Songwriter Contest finalist Emma Walsh may be only teetering on the precipice of formal adulthood, but her music is rich in maturity and sophistication.  Having recently completed her first year at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University (Percussion Performance) we caught up with Emma to learn a little more about this blossoming musical ingenue.

Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival:   What song inspired you to become a songwriter?

Walsh:  In second grade, my parents got me two Norah Jones albums “Feels Like Home” and “Not Too Late” for Christmas. It was while listening to these two albums non-stop that I first realized that writing songs was a thing and that it was what I wanted to do. I’ve always loved creating new things, and through songwriting I can do that. I was always intrigued by how everyone kept coming up with new things to write about and sing about in songs, this fascination then became somewhat of a challenge for myself to write songs and then I ended up falling in love.

WAMFest:  What is your genre of music?

Walsh:  I would consider my music to be of the folk singer-songwriter genre with hints of classic rock and country.

WAMFest:  Your tracks on Reverb feature a large sound, do you play an instrument?

Walsh:  I began playing piano at age 4, then began learning percussion at age 11, and guitar at age 13. On the recordings on Reverb, I play the rhythm guitar parts.  I have always had a formal education of piano and percussion, yet took guitar and vocal lessons periodically throughout high school, learning things from both formal training and personal research.

WAMFest:  What else inspires you to write? 

Walsh:  Everyday life, honestly. More specifically, I am inspired by my sisters and friends lives and experiences, as well as, my own. Most of all, I’m inspired by love.

WAMFest:  What makes you unique as an artist?

Walsh:  Part of what makes me unique as a songwriter is the wide range of music that I have studied, from the amount of instruments that I’ve studied and the amount of styles that I’ve studied, some being jazz, Latin Jazz, Latin American, Classical, R&B, and Pop. When writing songs and performing, I think it’s important to incorporate all of the aspects of my past whether this means lyrically or stylistically. I also think it’s really important to be as authentic as possible when writing songs and when performing.

WAMFest:  What song can change your mood in moments?

Walsh:  “Where Are You Now” by Mumford and Sons will always put me in a calm introspective mood and “Come Down” by Anderson Paak will always put me in a good mood because it impossible to listen to without dancing.

WAMFest:  What song can make you cry?

Walsh:  Every time I hear “Lonesome Tonight” by Elvis Presley I cry. Especially at the part, “Honey you lied when you said you loved me, and I had no cause to doubt you. But I’d rather go one hearing your lies, than go on living without you.”

WAMFest:  What is the one guilty pleasure song?

Walsh:  “Dude Looks Like a Lady” by Aerosmith.

WAMFest:  What are a few of your favorite songwriters?

Walsh:  Norah Jones, Maren Morris, and Lyle Lovett.

WAMFest:  Best live show you’ve seen?

Walsh:  Indigo Girls at the House of Blues in Dallas, Texas. I went with my mom because she is the one who introduced me to their music and it is one of her favorite bands. They sang “Closer to Fine” as their closing song, and there was not one person in the audience who wasn’t singing along, and it was at that moment when I knew that I wanted to perform.

WAMFest:  If you could play with any artist, alive or dead, who would it be, and why?

Walsh:  If I could play with any artist it would be Norah Jones because she has been my idol since I first saw her perform on tv when I was six years old.

WAMFest:  How did it feel to hear yourself on the radio for the first time?

Walsh:  Hearing myself on the radio was unreal. It’s easily one of the top five moments of my life so far.

WAMFest:  If you win a Grammy one day, who will you thank?

Walsh:  First, I would thank my parents for driving meet to all of the music lessons and for putting up with years of constant noise in the house from practicing. Secondly, I would thank Laura Huffman, my first (and well, only) piano teacher, but more importantly she’s the woman who introduced me to music. And then Tyler Orbison, my percussion teacher, for teaching me the importance of persevering through times of failure or rejection. I’d like to thank my sisters, best friend Avery, and grandparents for always being there to support me and to listen to every single draft of whatever song I’m working on at the time. And lastly, I’d like to thank the man up stairs for giving me something so wonderful to share.

Emma Walsh – Top Finalist in the Al Johnson Performing Songwriter Contest

WAMFest:  Do you have any other talents?

Walsh:  I can make really good doughnuts from scratch! My signature doughnuts are Blackberry Fritters.

Emma Walsh will compete for one of four $500 prizes including the Michael Terry People’s Choice Award on May 19, at 11:30 a.m. on the United HealthCare Singer Songwriter Stage in the Eisemann Center.  Emma is also performing on the CityLine Stage at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the 26th Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival. Tickets and more information is available: www.wildflowerfestival.com.

Twitter: @emmawalshmusic

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/page/894915563869839

YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChLqR-S-ZDBtIcPhXjk6k_w

ReverbNation:  http://www.reverbnation.com/emmawalsh

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GATES OPEN AT 6:30PM AND WILDFLOWER! STAGES TO ROCK ON SATURDAY

It’s been a wild weekend here at Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival! We are so excited to update that the gates are going to open at 6:30 p.m.. The festival has been partially open since this morning and indoor performances inside the Eisemann Center have continued as scheduled throughout the day.

Unfortunately, Blue Oyster Cult had to cancel its appearance at the Festival due to its flight into DFW International Airport being cancelled because of the severe weather. All acts prior to 6:30 p.m. set to perform on outdoor stages have been removed from the schedule.

Want the good news? The Methodist Richardson Amphitheatre Stage, Plaza Stage, and Bud Light Stage are ready to rock (after a lot of hard work by the festival folks).

Methodist Richardson Amphitheatre Stage
8:15 p.m. The Guess Who
10:00 p.m. Grand Funk Railroad

The Guess Who

Plaza Stage
8:45 p.m. Judah & The Lion
10:30 p.m. Fitz and the Tantrums

Bud Light Stage
6:45 p.m. Devil’s Sooty Brother
8:15 p.m. Joshua Ray Walker
9:45 p.m. Big City Outlaws

Aeromyth

Hill Hall
9:00 p.m. Aeromyth

UnitedHealthcare Singer Songwriter Stage
6:00 p.m. Jason Castro
7:45 p.m. Darrell Scott
9:15 p.m. Crystal Bowersox

The Plaza Stage viewing grounds consist of solid concrete but you’ll want to bring a lawn chair for the Methodist Richardson Amphitheatre Stage area, or wear comfy boots to navigate the soggy grass. The wet conditions have created high humidity of 94% and cool temperatures in the 60’s.

Due to schedule changes caused by today’s severe weather, all Saturday general admission tickets to the festival will be honored for use, either today or tomorrow. We scan it once and you can decide whether that will be for Saturday or Sunday. Ticket prices for Saturday have been dropped to $30 at the gate. On Sunday, children 12 and under will be allowed free admission.

Street performers scheduled to appear on Performance Row have been cancelled for today. Due to wind damage, the WF! Kids area is closed for the rest of the weekend.

The schedule for all acts is updated and posted on the website. www.wildflowerfestival.com

Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival Announces Revised Saturday Schedule Due To Severe Weather Impacts

All gates to open at 6:30 p.m. with most national acts set to perform

The Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival will open all gates at 6:30 p.m. The Festival has been partially open since 11 a.m. this morning, with indoor music performances taking place as scheduled on Eisemann Center stages.

Weather Impacts On Performances
With the exception of Blue Oyster Cult and Quiet Company, all performances set for this evening on outdoor stages at Wildflower! will perform as scheduled. Blue Oyster Cult had to cancel its appearance at the Festival this weekend due to its flight into DFW International Airport being cancelled because of severe weather. Tonight’s 7:15 p.m. performance by Quiet Company on the Plaza Stage has also been cancelled along with all other acts scheduled to perform on outdoor stages prior to 6:30 p.m.

Weather Impacts From Today’s Storm
At approximately 1 p.m. and again at 3:30 p.m. this afternoon, severe weather passing through North Texas impacted the festival grounds causing limited wind damage. Festival staff are in the process of cleaning the grounds and all six gates at the festival will reopen at 6:30 p.m.

Patrons Asked To Prepare For Wet Conditions
People planning to attend the festival this evening to enjoy the outdoor stages will want to prepare accordingly for wet conditions. Bring water resistant clothing and lawn chairs are recommended.

Saturday Passes To Be Honored Today Or Tomorrow
Due to schedule changes caused by today’s severe weather, all Saturday passes to the Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival will be honored for use either today or tomorrow.

Saturday Pass Dropped To $30 For Saturday Performances / Children Get In Free Sunday
Ticket prices for Saturday have been dropped to $30 at the gate. On Sunday, children 12 and under will be allowed through the gates free of charge.

Other Updates
Street performers scheduled to appear on Performance Row have also been cancelled for today and, due to wind damage, the Children’s Area on the festival grounds is closed for the rest of the weekend. Information on the performance schedule for all acts is available at www.wildflowerfestival.com.

WILDFLOWER! FESTIVAL TO PARTIALLY OPEN DUE TO THREAT OF SEVERE WEATHER

Festival grounds expected to fully open at 5 p.m., or once area storms pass; performances on Eisemann Center stages continue as scheduled

(Richardson, TX) – Richardson’s Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival will partially open at 11 a.m. due to the threat of severe weather in the area. Gate F, located on the north side of the event, is open for patrons to directly enter the Eisemann Center to enjoy performances on the Singer Songwriter and Hill Performance Hall stages. The closest parking area to Gate F is the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas parking garage. View the Festival Map for locations.

All six gates on the festival grounds are expected to reopen at 5 p.m., or once the threat of severe weather has passed. People planning to attend the festival to enjoy the outdoor stages this evening are asked to prepare accordingly for wet conditions. Bring water resistant clothing, umbrellas and lawn chairs. All afternoon performances scheduled to take place on outdoor stages prior to 5 p.m. have been cancelled.

Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival has historically had bouts with rain over the past 27 years of its history in Richardson, but the event has always been held rain or shine. Richardson’s Emergency Management team consistently monitors the weather, and public safety personnel have plans in place to shelter people if necessary.

Tickets available online or at the gate.

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