Park City High School’s Emily Terran records new album
Park City High School student Emily Terran is about to get personal.
The 16 year old will release a five-song extended play album "Thrive" on May 27 and the songs are culled from her life’s experiences.
"I think that’s one of the scariest things about all of this," Terran said during an interview with The Park Record. "I tell some crazy things about myself and put all of those into words."
The five songs are "Baby Back," "One Last Time," "Tainted," "Perfectly Lonely" and "Thrive."
"I really didn’t pull anything back," she said. "There is the song ‘One Last Time’ that is extremely personal to the point I don’t know how people are going to react to it. But it’s real and authentic and I put my heart into it and am excited to release it."
The album will be available on SoundCloud, iTunes, Spotify and YouTube. It will also be available two days early on May 25 at Molly Blooms when Terran performs at a CD release party from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m.
"I will have a friend of mine accompany me on guitar and I will play one song on guitar," she said. "We will perform all five songs from the album, and a few covers."
Terran has been recording the album since January at Craig Poole’s Flo Recordings Studios in Salt Lake City.
Poole, a veteran producer, has worked with artist such as Kaskade, the Dixie Chicks, Donny Osmond, SHeDaisy, David Archuleta, Kurt Bestor and Sam Cardon.
"I wrote the songs myself on piano or guitar and Craig provided the recording equipment and did the production for it," Terran said. "I went in with all of my music and told Craig what I wanted from the beginning, which was to capture the sounds and meaning out of my songs. He did and it turned out exactly what I wanted."
The biggest challenge was mastering the vocals.
"The overall goal was not having it auto tuned so people will be able to hear my natural voice," Terran said.
"Thrive" is Terran’s first recording of her own original material.
"I worked with a rapper in Salt Lake named Jay Scott Rap on some of his songs and he pushed me into doing my own album," she said. " It’s been really rewarding and a lot harder than I thought it would be. But it’s been awesome and I’m really excited to have the album out."
Terran started singing when she was two and picked up the guitar and piano when she was 9.
Her earliest influence was her grandfather Tony Terran, a stalwart studio and live musician who has worked with everyone from Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Diana Ross, Benny Goodman, Michael Jackson and Frank Sinatra.
He introduced her to the music of Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin.
"Those were some of the artists I listened to growing up, and I hope to show that soulful and real influence in the songs on my album," Emily Terran said.
Terran said she also finds inspiration in modern music.
"I love Tori Kelly, Ariana Grande and Rihanna," she said.
Before committing solely to music, Terran cut her live performance teeth with theater.
"I performed at Pioneer Theatre in Salt Lake and excelled at that, so, I’ve always loved performing in general," she said. "Singing is a whole different thing and to perform my own material is crazy and rewarding. And the biggest reward is to get this album out there, because I need to do this."
Emily Terran will perform at a CD-release party for her new album "Thrive" at Molly Blooms, 1680 W. Ute Blvd., at Kimball Junction, on Wednesday, May 25, from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.emilyterran.com.
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