Back in 2014, I happened to catch a wonderful song that played during a commercial on HDNET (movies). HDNET didn’t have normal commercials, they just had clips from movies that it was showcasing, changing each month. I loved the song but, had no idea what the name of it was, other than what I could glean from the lyrics. I desperately wanted to know who the singer was because she had a beautiful voice. I could find nothing, so, I contacted HDNET for help. Her name? Emily Hackett. The song? A Heart Worth Saving (and I wasn’t the only one asking). It is the third track from a short compilation album called Girl Electro Pop, released July 11, 2014 (as best as I can tell). There is no chart information on the album or the song and what lyrics that are on the Internet do not match all of the words she sings. That being said, I was overjoyed to find it and download it.
That brings me to Bad Weather (no chart information on it, either). In digging around for data on Emily, I found a demo video of her singing the song with a guitarist. Then, I found the album it was on…The Raw EP, released July 24, 2015. It’s a beautiful, sad song that reminds me of a stripped down Carrie Underwood piece.
“I started this song in California when I was making lunch one day at my parent’s house. My boyfriend, Mikey, was goofing around on the guitar and I stopped him like, “What is that? We are writing that. It’s awesome.” It wasn’t until we got back to Nashville, a couple months later that we sat down with our friend Adam James and poured out this song in a couple of hours. It felt so right, we just went with it. It’s one of my favorites I’ve ever written.”
Daily Discovery: Emily Hackett
She was born in Cleveland, Ohio and was in high school in Georgia when she took off with a friend to visit Belmont University. Headed for the University of Georgia, she fell in love with Nashville and interned in the music industry:
“Here I was in Nashville at school. I had no idea that there was this whole world of music where you could have careers. I didn’t realize there was so much to it. It was cool to be studying the music business at college. I thought I could always be a writer and in Nashville, writers actually get to perform.”
Music Spotlight: Emily Hackett
The Tennessee Star
October 17, 2018
Some months ago, I commented on one of Music City Mike‘s blog posts, regarding interviews of local musicians in Nashville. I told him about Emily but, I don’t know if he ever got the chance to chat with her. Give her a listen. She is a different genre from Lissie but, just as talented.
Thanks, Hans, for the invite to participate. Much like the movie draft, picking favorites is a tough go. There is SO much good music out there. I look forward to sharing more in the upcoming 2022 Draft. ~Vic
Emily Hackett Looks To The Past & Future On “Nostalgia” (Taste of Country/Sterling Whitaker/08-10-2017)
CMT’s Next Women Of Country (People Magazine/Katie Kauss/11-16-2018)
Cleveland Native Emily Hackett Comes To Beachland (Cleveland Scene/Jeff Niesel/12-04-2019)
Emily Hackett Releases Heartfelt “Handle” (The Virginia Star/Bethany Bowman/05-29-2020)
Emily Hackett Is Creating Magic (The Aquarian/Debra Kate Schafer/05-31-2020)
Demo In The Attic
Royals Cover With Megan Davies
Happy Christmas Cover
“Bad Weather” is a nice tune. I also like Hackett’s voice. I had never heard of her.
While I’ve become much more appreciative of country music over the past five years or so, it was mainly because of non-country artists I dig, who incorporated country elements in their music like John Mellencamp and Sheryl Crow.
I still don’t listen to “pure country” very often. Coincidentally, I just featured a new song by country artist Cody Jinks on my blog. Again, while it has elements of traditional country, his sound is more rock-oriented, more edgy.
Most of today’s country artists are way different from the country music of past decades. Just the difference between father & son…Hank Williams & Junior…is striking. Recently, the Applebee’s commercial that was so popular with the song “Fancy Like” is nothing close to, say, George Jones or Conway Twitty.
Then you have Shania & LeAnn Rimes starting in country & becoming pop stars.
In Emily’s case, A Heart Worth Saving is nowhere near country and Bad Weather could also be covered by Crow.
Wasn’t familiar with her- I like the tune!
Glad to introduce you!
I can hear why you like her and the song.
She is very versatile and could sing me the phone book.
Sounds good Vic…I don’t know it but I like it. I have heard of her but that is about it.
I thought you might have heard her name since you are close by, relatively speaking.
That is probably how I heard it….plus a blog I’m sure
Nice songs, and she has a really pleasing voice. Her music style is more folk-pop/Americana.
Great choice Vic and I love the backstory. Agree her voice makes you want to stop and listen – really like the Bad Weather song – great lyrics as well
Glad to introduce.
Never heard of her, but it’s a nice tune. I often wonder how some of these artists just never seem to break through….this was certainly radio worthy….
She seems to be surviving on downloads, streaming, songwriting credit and tours. Being recognized by CMT ain’t bad, either.
It’s a whole different music world than the one we grew up in, a la WKRP.
I’m glad to know of Emily Hackett. Her voice is lovely. Her Happy Christmas is very nice.
Thanks for posting these songs. I listened to them all and loved every one. What a lovely voice she has.
She has a beautiful voice. One of the things I’ve enjoyed most about the draft is learning about new music.