Sadé Emoni is an emerging singer-songwriter from Jersey City, New Jersey, a state where she received The Hal Jackson’s Talented Teen award of Middlesex County. She has performed for Harlem Week, The NY State Marathon, and Circle of Sisters, which is the largest expo for women of color in New York City. Her voice is enchanting and her music is soothing.
We sat down with Sadé, to discuss her life and music, and this is what she had to say.
Examiner: Please introduce yourself.
Sadé Emoni: Hello, my name is Sadé Emoni. I am 21-years old and currently living in New Jersey. I absolutely love it here because there are so many talented people that share the same love for music as I do. And Jersey is super close to New York City, so that’s always a plus.
Examiner: When did you start taking singing seriously?
SE: I’ve been serious about music for as long as I can remember, but I went on my first singing audition at the age of 13. But getting started in the music business, there was really no set path. I just began writing and recording from my heart in hopes of touching others. Luckily, the people who have heard my music love it.
Examiner: Who are some of your musical influences?
SE: I have a ton of musical influences, ranging from Jazmine Sullivan, Beyoncé, Jhené Aiko, to Rihanna, Jill Scott, and Kim Burrell.
Examiner: Please describe your sound.
SE: Good vibes. My sound is a product of so many different genres of music, so it’s difficult to explain. It’s just me. A lot of R&B, some Gospel riffs every now and then, with a slight touch of today’s Hip-Hop.
Examiner: How important is music to you?
SE: Music is very important to me. It gives me a voice and a freedom to express whatever I’m feeling, whenever I’m feeling it. It also allows me to freeze time, or a memory. I can listen to a song that I wrote and automatically go back to what I was feeling and who I was in that moment.
Examiner: What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
SE: Keep God first and stay consistent.
Examiner: What’s your most-memorable studio moment?
SE: Being in the studio with the late producer/songwriter K2. He was an amazing guy with an amazing spirit, and studio sessions with his presence are ones that I will never forget, may he rest in peace.
Examiner: What’s the greatest obstacle you had to overcome?
SE: Rejection, which is something I am going to run into a lot during my journey. I have a hate/love relationship with rejection. It’s something no one wants to face, but something that strengthens us more than anything, if we allow it to.
Examiner: Which artist would you like to work with in the near future?
SE: I would love to work with many artists, but my main one would have to be Beyoncé because she has had such a huge impact on the music industry. Her work ethic and dedication is inspiring, and she is truly an icon.
Examiner: Years from now when people say Sadé Emoni, what will they say?
SE: O.M.G. I love her!!! (Laughs out loud). Her music helped me during a most-memorable time in my life. And just watching her makes me want to go after my dreams and goals, because, if she did it, I know I can too.
Examiner: What five songs can’t you live without?
SE: They change every now and then because I just love music, but I would have to go with Andre 3000, Prototype; Alex Isley, Into Orbit; Rihanna, Get it over with, Future, Perkys Calling; and Jill Scott, Comes to the light.
Examiner: What’s the best way for people to get in contact with you?
SE: They can contact me via Instagram, Twitter, or SnapChat @Sade_Emoni; Facebook @Sadé Emoni; or through my management team at SadeEmoniMusic@Gmail.com.
Examiner: Anything else you would like to say?
SE: Thank you for this interview. It was a pleasure and stay tuned for new music on the way.