Nashville Singer-Songwriter Emily Weisband Makes Artist Debut With Warner Records Deal

Emily Weisband first made a name for herself as one of Nashville’s most talented new songwriters. She earned a Grammy for her work as a co-writer on “Thy Will,” for Hillary Scott and The Scott Family, and has penned songs for artists including Camila Cabello, BTS, Dan+Shay, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Natalie Grant and Danny Gokey.

Now, she has released her debut music for Warner Records, “Identity Crisis,” a song that stemmed from a conversation Weisband had with her therapist.

“I was telling her, ‘Man, I feel like I have to be so many different people for so many different people’,” Emily explains. “I go to my church and I’m the overly sexual hot girl. I go to the bar and I’m the overly spiritual girl. They all feel like me but none of them are me’. So she says, ‘Listen. Emily is a conference table. Sitting here right now is sexual Emily and spiritual Emily, confident Emily and scared Emily. All of these Emilies are here. They’re all you. You were made to be all these things. But you’ll be living your most authentic life when you realize that in every place you go and to every person you talk to, you get to decide who heads the meeting.’”


“We are made up of layers and dynamics and gray area for days,” Emily summarizes, “and I’m proud to say that I will spend every day of the rest of my life in a total Identity Crisis, learning to pick which side of me to let shine that day.”

Weisband, a Virginia native, moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University. In 2014, she signed with THiS Music Publishing/Warner Chappell and began accumulating cuts for other artists. It wasn’t until 2015 that she had three distinct opportunities to look at doing her own music.Within the course of a few days she was approached by two different A&Rs to record her own work, but it didn’t feel right until she got a third call from Mike Elizondo, whose producer credits include Dr. Dre, Eminem, Twenty One Pilots, and Keith Urban, and he bought her a ticket to L.A.

“He was just like family right away,” she remembers. “The fact that he believed in the same things I do made me feel peace about crossing that line.”


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