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Meet Emley Sowell

Today we’d like to introduce you to Emley Sowell. 

Hi Emley, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I’m an electrical engineer, an independent singer-songwriter, and model living in San Diego, CA. Music is in my DNA. My grandparents were opera singers. At age 3, I was captivated by my grandfather singing to me. Ever since then, I was either in dance, choir, musicals, or singing for events, especially the national anthem. I also grew up listening to a variety of music, anything from the 50s to current-day music. 

I stopped going for my dreams when I was 18 when I was rejected at, what I considered to be, a big audition, American Idol. 14-15 years later, I did some self-development work and finally realized that I can go for my dreams no matter what and there is no one size fits all. Plus, I knew I’d regret it if I didn’t at least try. It was doing what I was told and my limiting beliefs of thinking I’m not good enough that were the main reasons that stopped me. 

In Sept 2018, I declared that I was going for my singing career, and in 2019, I started searching for people who could teach me, mentor me or at least help me get started down my singing path, and I finally did. I’ve been officially working on writing and recording my music since Jan of 2020, and now about 2.5 years later, I’m releasing my first EP Sept 23, 2022, and I already released my first music video, “Phoenix,” on Aug 15th. I’m celebrating my “Phoenix” EP with a release party on Saturday Oct 8, 2022, at Spark Encore Event Center in Kearny Mesa, at 7:30p. I will be performing live with dancers and I have an opening singer and a DJ after to keep the night fun, as well as a raffle and potential costume contest. I’m inviting everyone so please come out and have a fun time. It will be a 21 and up event and will have a cash bar as well as tacos available for purchase. All other information is on the Release Party tab of my website.

My ultimate dream with my music is for people to become inspired and empowered by who they are and to have the freedom and strength to fulfill the life of their dreams. My dream also is to impact causes like Bullying and Mental Health. I was bullied and made fun of a lot as a child, especially the time where I had to leave 8th grade early before graduating because the school wouldn’t do anything about it. I’ve battled with mental health as well, so these causes are very important to me to help others, especially when it comes to mindset. 

In reference to bullying, in 2019, I put on an open mic fundraiser for Anti-Bullying and partnered with the charity, Act Like You Matter (ALYM). This amazing charity empowers children and teens to believe in themselves, stand up for themselves and others, and change the way their generation treats each other. They teach tools, and strategies students can use immediately to build resilience and manage encounters with rude, mean, or bullying behaviors, so schools and communities are places of acceptance and tolerance, where empathy and kindness are second nature and where each child can rise to their full potential, without fear of being bullied. 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Currently, at this point, I still work full-time at my job as an electrical engineer, so learning how to structure and balance my life not only at work but with my singing business career outside of work, as well as my workouts and food habits to stay fit and healthy, networking at events, and then finding time to be a wife, friend and daughter has been challenging. My life has to be very structured and disciplined, and I also have to make sacrifices of not going out or meeting up with friends on the weekends, even when I really want to. I still am trying to work this all out. As for the music itself, it is also financially challenging. There are a lot of things to account for. Singing lessons, mixing/mastering, recording studio time, courses/conferences/industry events, managers, mentors, producers, tickets to any events with the possibility to network, websites, equipment to buy, laptop, music videos, videographers/photographers, CDs, USBs, other tech things, studios/event spaces for photography/music videos/parties, everything that goes into a release party, choreographers/dancers, outfits/costumes, makeup and hair artists, stylists, etc. Yes of course, sometimes you can trade things such as time, exposure, or opportunity, but overall, most people want money as payment which is understandable. We all have to live somehow. 

Also another challenge is that my husband and I have to wear multiple hats. For example, I write my own music and melodies with a track, perform as an artist, model with photographers I reach out to, plan my own release party, book my own shows/events, network out in public or online, I send out my music to distributors, create my own content or story, reach out to media for exposure. My husband is my manager, so he goes everywhere with me. He is my sounding board for everything and helps me network when talking to others. He also creates and runs my website, my crowdfunding, my tech, and socials, so it’s easy for people to find me (creates my popl), writes emails, coordinates, and helps plan my photoshoots, music videos, release parties, and is in charge of everyone involved in all of those. He also is the behind the scenes (BTS) filmer and photographer for everything. 

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I work on my singing career as an artist/performer and as a model as well while being a full-time electrical engineer, where I program machines to test the boards that the company I work for produces. 

What do you like and dislike about the city?

Mean/negative people or people purposely trying to bring you down or hurt you, hangovers, high pitch or sharp sounds, nasty smells, financial debt, flakey people, being late, how long it takes to get ready, people who always have to be right and can’t listen to anyone else, when I’m in pain or not feeling well, being tired, scammers, that I have to research too much to find healthy ingredients in products. 


Making music, traveling, eating good food, dancing, working out to feel energized and feel better about self, energy, researching things I like to gain more knowledge, sleep, meeting new people, going to festivals/concerts/music events, impacting someone’s life, doing unique or bougie experiences, hanging out with friends and family, lots of color and brightness, meditation, being pampered, wearing unique outfits. 

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Dan Graham
Aaron Hall

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