Story by Sydney Fairman
Feature Photo via Emily Yob
For most, being vulnerable is a struggle. Not so for Emily Yob. A sophomore from Clare, Yob is a professional singer, songwriter and musician who placed third in the nation last year for songwriting at the Fine Arts Competition.
Grand Central: When and how did you get started in music?
Emily Yob: Actually, Hannah Montana really inspired me when I was little. I wrote my first song in 5th grade and learned guitar in 6th grade, so I’ve been writing and playing for a long time.
GC: What instruments do you play?
EY: I play guitar and ukulele, but I’m trying to get familiar with piano!
GC: Do you write your own music? EY: I do write my own music, and I usually post it on my YouTube channel (shameless plug), but I also love doing covers, because who doesn’t love a good cover?
GC: What song and/or band are you loving right now?
EY: Right now I really love Jon Bellion. I was introduced to him last fall and every song by him has so much depth and meaning but also sounds so good. I would recommend him to anyone, he won’t disappoint.
GC: Is there any genre you’d love to branch out in?
EY: I think I would like to branch out into the electronic/pop genre like Jon if I ever had the chance. I want to make something that’s fun to listen to, but also spread a good message. Right now my sound is kind of coffee shop-esque which is fun, but one day I’d like to grow in my sound.
GC: Any personal accomplishments from being a musician?
EY: I think my biggest personal accomplishment was getting third place in the country in the songwriting category for a national fine arts festival. That was about a year ago and it was so humbling, all glory to God.
GC: What’s one piece of advice you’d give to a musician just starting out?
EY: For a musician just starting out, I would say to not hold back in your songwriting. Some of the best stuff comes out when you let yourself be vulnerable.
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