Emmett Skyy's Alchemy Of Music

Singer/songwriter visits The Recording Academy
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    Emmett Skyy performs at The Recording Academy
September 09, 2011 -- 3:38 pm PDT

Singer/songwriter Emmett Skyy was the recent guest for an installment of The Recording Academy's 5 Questions With … series. Held at The Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., Skyy discussed topics including music education, social media, his songwriting process, musical influences, and advice for aspiring musicians, among other topics. Followign the discussion, Skyy performed a brief set.

"I'm all about music alchemy," said Skyy on his songwriting process. "It's all about changing the music [and] making it fit to how it makes me feel. Sometimes I can just have words that I think are powerful and I write [them] down. Later on those words may resurface and I throw them into a song and sometimes it comes out to [be] a beautiful masterpiece."

Born Emmett Spooner II in Baton Rouge, La., Skyy began singing at age 3 and performing in church choirs at age 12. He started a local R&B group called THRU until the unexpected death of the youngest member forced the group to part ways. Skyy began teaching himself to play acoustic guitar, eventually crafting a repertoire of more than 100 original songs combining elements of soul and rock. Skyy eventually met singer/songwriter/producer Antonio Neal and the two spent time recording and producing Skyy's first few tracks in Nashville. Skyy later decided to relocate to Southern California where he is currently working on his full-length LP.

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