“I’m pretty sure that most folks expect me to write and sing about rainbows, butterflies and unicorns, but that’s just not me. I like to write about things that are real and life just isn’t pretty sometimes…that’s just the way it is.”
From Madisonville, Tennessee reigns 13-year-old singer-songwriter, Emilie Sunshine Hamilton, better known as Miss EmiSunshine. A child prodigy and gift to the country music world, EmiSunshine is as true as her name describes- a ray of “sunshine” from the moment she walks into the room to when she opens her mouth to sing. The multi-talented instrumentalist captured the nation’s attention just four years ago when her performance of Jimmie Rodgers’ “Blue Yodel No. 6” went viral on YouTube, garnering over 1 million views. Since then she has been featured on the NBC Today show, earned a feature in Rolling Stone magazine, and has performed 14 times at the Grand Ole Opry. Between EmiSunshine’s 150 touring dates, she found time to catch up with us during a recent visit to Nashville, TN. She shared with us what it was like touring with her father (Randall Hamilton -bass player) and how her family has had a huge influence on her music. She states, “Without them, I don’t know what I would be doing right now.”
EmiSunshine’s current album Ragged Dreams was just released in August and can be found on all major digital streaming platforms. Stay tuned for more on EmiSunshine because I feel certain we will be hearing music from this lady for years to come!
ABOUT EMISUNSHINE: Best described as a youthful Janis Joplin meets Carter’s Fold, EmiSunshine is natural-born singer, musician and songwriter with exceptional and inexplicable talents. Influenced by legendary trendsetters (Loretta Lynn, Tanya Tucker, Emmy Lou Harris, The Dixie Chicks, The Louvin Brothers, Porter Wagoner and Patty Loveless), Emi’s signature style encompasses her own unique blend of roots music that embodies Americana, Bluegrass, Gospel, Country and Blues intertwined and steeped in Appalachian influence. EmiSunshine has cemented her place as a career artist. She has appeared on some of the most prestigious stages including the “Today” show, The Grand Ole Opry (on more than a dozen occasions), at the Ryman Auditorium, Stagecoach Festival and Merlefest. EmiSunshine has amassed over 14 million views on YouTube, a half-million FaceBook followers and nearly 25,000 Instagram fans. The teen has become a sought-after song crafter for film, television and books. Most recently, “Danny Ray,” (RAGGED DREAMS), was featured in Eugene Jarecki’s “Promised Land.” The documentary screened at the world-renowned Festival de Cannes (May 2017). Emi wrote “I Am Able” and “Little Blackbird” as spotlighted in the “More Than Words” film (produced by Grammy Winner and Founder of the Documentary Channel, Suzanne Homes); “I Am Able” also appears in the Amazon/Barnes & Noble Bestseller “The Ables.” Emi plays more than 150 dates per year.