If you follow the Princes Highway northeast across the Victorian/New South Wales border, as it winds up through the Biamanga National Park and over Corunna Lake, you’ll reach the clear blue waters of Narooma, NSW where our singer-songwriter heroine grew up.
Writing her first song at the age of eight, Emma Russack’s first brush with fame came in 2007, when her covers of Neil Young and Joy Division received millions of views on YouTube. Having decided a strong online presence wasn’t quite to her taste, Emma has since preferred to take a more organic approach to sharing her earthy voice and her brand of hushed folk with a hint of smoky-roomed soul and blues.
Emma’s collection of work is intensely personal and autobiographical; she writes songs about love, loss, intimacy and friendship. Moving to Melbourne in 2010, Emma’s debut LP Sounds of Our City documents her adjustment to life in the big smoke after a year in South America, about leaving someone, crossing the lines of friendship, and that it’s okay to want something more.
Her latest album You Changed Me spans the years of 2011 to 2013 and is aptly titled. It demonstrates growth, development and complexity, but also represents a significant change in Emma’s life: single for the first time in seven years and experiencing all the fun and excitement in a newly found independence. Tracked over four days in the undulating surrounds of Yowrie on the South Coast, You Changed Me is a deeply introspective and honest narrative of loneliness, exploration and the remnants of lost love.