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article imageEmily Hackett talks 2018 CMA Fest, 'Nostalgia,' 'Good Intentions' Special

By Markos Papadatos     May 26, 2018 in Music
Singer-songwriter Emily Hackett chatted with Digital Journal about her new country single "Good Intentions," which will be released on June 8, and her upcoming appearance at CMA Fest.
Regarding her upcoming single "Good Intentions," Hackett said, "It has been a long time coming, but I am super excited to get some more music out to the world. The song is a little bit of fun. The idea behind 'Good Intentions' is that you are allowed to have a little fun, and you are allowed to live your life and nobody is going to judge you for it. We are all trying to be good people, where we all have those good intentions."
On June 10, Hackett will be performing at Radio Disney Country Stage at CMA Fest in Nashville, where she will be sharing the stage with Cassadee Pope, RaeLynn, and Jillian Jacqueline, among others. "I am thrilled. I can't believe it is almost June, and my birthday weekend. I am looking forward to CMA Fest," she said.
"Nostalgia" is available on iTunes. "'Nostalgia' definitely leans more to the poppier side of my writing. The acoustic video gave the song a whole different life," she admitted.
Hackett listed Ryan Adams and Eric Church as her dream male collaboration choices in music. "Ryan Adams is just awesome, and it would be really cool to do something with him, especially from a songwriting perspective," she said. "Ryan can do rock and roll, pop and the whole Americana thing. In terms of country music, I have loved and admired Eric Church since I first heard his very first record. Eric has such a cool voice and such a unique sound."
Digital transformation of country music
On the impact of technology on the country music scene, Hackett said, "Change is always difficult, especially when nobody seems to be on the same page in terms of what is good for the industry as a whole. The record labels continue to make money from the streaming services, where the writers aren't making the same money. It is a great thing that we have made art so readily available to the people, since that is important and necessary. Art is needed to thrive. It is just going to be a process of figuring out how to round it out so that it works for everybody, so we can continue to make art and make a living out of it."
Regarding her use of technology in her music routine, Hackett said, "I am listening to music all the time, and I do use all the streaming services. I use Alexa, Apple Music and Spotify. It's good for us as songwriters, since I get to discover new artists through the play-lists. It keeps me up-to-date with new music and people who are trying unique things. Technology gives me the good competition that everybody needs in this industry. That is really fun for me."
She admitted that vinyl never left her house. "My dad was a huge vinyl-head, and we probably have over 1,000 records at our house," she said.
To learn more about country singer-songwriter Emily Hackett, check out her official website.
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