Emily Hatton - Singer Songwriter Performer
Emily Hatton - Singer Songwriter Performer
Emily Hatton - Singer Songwriter Performer

As told by the pros:

Emily Claire “Em” Hatton was born by the sea in Williamstown, Vic in 1992 as an only child to Diana and Antony Hatton.  Her name was attributed to her due to its meaning ‘industrious’ and as such Emily’s path was set towards pursuing a dream.

Emily’s parents were an instrumental part of her creative upbringing and fostered a healthy love of music and performance from an early age. Emily recalls that  “I moved between two worlds, but in both, was constantly immersed in music – My mum played Fleetwood Mac and classical music while she worked around the house. She used to move the furniture out of the way, to make space so she could teach me how to dance in the living room. Dad always had music playing in the house, in the car, and used to sing, and drum on the steering wheel. He listened to full albums at a time – James Taylor, Phil Collins and Genesis, Sting & The Police and Elton John.”

From before the point at which Emily was able to talk, she found ways to express herself, singing in the bathtub at full volume and possessing a cry so clear that her mother claims to have know from the start that her daughter was destined to become a singer.

Emily’s first taste for performance came at the young age of 5 years old, when she developed a love of musical theatre and would perform on every stage she could get her feet on. Her vocal training began at the same time and continued throughout her high school years including involvement in the choir, concert choir, doo wop group and further study in group and solo performance. At 17, Emily’s singing teacher was the first to remark her voice possessed the qualities of a true Country singer and her focus and inspiration shifted towards the likes of The Dixie Chicks, Lady A and The Band Perry.

By 19 Emily had self-taught the guitar and discovered a love for song-writing, stemming from her desire to channel her emotions into poetic messages about her own experiences. She recounts her immediate obsession with the instrument and its ability to become ‘a vehicle to transport my voice’.

Emily’s musical influences developed across a range of country and pop genres, evolving from her family’s traditional gatherings in the Mid-West – Batesville, Indiana, USA – as well as her time spent with her peers, whilst living on campus at Washington State University. Her early years listening to 80’s pop, Billy Joel, Avril Lavigne and Maroon 5 became the staging post for her own vocal and songwriting style.

Despite her extensive education and deep roots in the music world, like many young artists Emily recognised that her craving to perform wasn’t always matched with the necessary confidence that it takes to be a stage presence. As a youngster she came up against criticisms about her height being a limiting factor if she ever wanted to be an actor/dancer, with messages to the tune of “Just don’t hope for lead roles – you’ll only ever be “The Tall Girl.” being imparted on her. True to her name, Emily turned these messages to her strength, and harnessed them as fuel to her fire.

Her determination to succeed has been matched with a growing love for her music and the industry of which she has sought to become a part. Her involvement with the Country Music scene she describes as being ‘Full of hard-working, generous and focussed creatives’, and as such her place within it seems entirely appropriate.
An extension of her own self, Emily’s music is something that possesses a tangible sense of who she is and what her life experiences have taught her. Fans of her music see her songwriting as a positive message that has relevance and relatability to their own experiences. Emily’s motivation and love for the music feeds heavily off this ability to convey a sense of hope and triumph over adversity as expressed through her lyrics.

Her approach to the musical journey is a holistic one that involves a deep seated ambition to expose her music to a wider audience in Australia and overseas, but also maintains its connection to her roots. She describes her experience with the process as being ‘All about the feeling for me. The lyrics, melody, and the ability for someone to connect to the story. I want to stay true to my own self-expression and the vision I have. I want to stay grounded and humble and thankful, no matter what happens. I will never take a single moment for granted, and am filled with gratitude every step of the way. ’

With new music due to be released, one thing remains clear in Emily’s mind, and that is the driving force behind her love of capturing authenticity in performance and music:

“Music is something that transcends language barriers and remains timeless. To be able to share my own experiences and honest thoughts about life and love, and have a growing number of people resonate with that, to feel heard, understood, and healed…that’s fulfilling my life’s purpose.”

Heidi Flumm. 2019. Edited 2022.
The B Side Agency. Feb 2019.

As told by Em:

Oh hey. My name’s Emily, but you can call me Em. My biggest obsession is songs; writing them, singing them on stage whilst strumming my Martin guitar. (It’s about the only time I can do two things at once. I’m surprisingly terrible at multitasking). It’s my dream to perform songs I’ve written on a stadium stage, while the crowd holds up thousands of little lights, and sings those lyrics with me. I have a dimple on my right cheek when I smile, and I used to write poetry in my grandfather’s apple tree. What gives me goosebumps? Being outdoors, living in the moment, being immersed in experiences & adventures, Murder Mysteries (but I can’t do horror). Another obsession of mine: Puzzles: jigsaw, word, riddles – you name it. There’s something magical about the combination of purple and gold, for me. You’ll tend to see it a lot when I’m involved. My mini lop rabbit, Popcorn, likes to steal my chocolate. I steal it back.
I fangirl over paramedics. I think it must do with how much respect I have for them casually saving lives on a daily basis. My skill set doesn’t lie in being a surgeon or a doctor; but I try to bring healing through music, because that’s what it brings me.

Building my second home at Washington State University for student exchange (Go Cougs!) was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and one of the hardest things to leave behind.

Deep conversation is what I gravitate toward, but at the same time, throw me some sarcasm and witty banter, and let’s both laugh until we cry.

And… I love people. Discovering what they’re passionate about. Their biggest dreams. What they yearn for. What lights them up. And if I can make someone feel like they’re hearing the words their heart has been wanting to say, then I’ve done my job.
I write music for people like you.

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Emily Hatton - Singer Songwriter Performer

As told by the pros:

Emily Claire “Em” Hatton was born by the sea in Williamstown, Vic in 1992 as an only child to Diana and Antony Hatton.  Her name was attributed to her due to its meaning ‘industrious’ and as such Emily’s path was set towards pursuing a dream.

Emily’s parents were an instrumental part of her creative upbringing and fostered a healthy love of music and performance from an early age. Emily recalls that  “I moved between two worlds, but in both, was constantly immersed in music – My mum played Fleetwood Mac and classical music while she worked around the house. She used to move the furniture out of the way, to make space so she could teach me how to dance in the living room. Dad always had music playing in the house, in the car, and used to sing, and drum on the steering wheel. He listened to full albums at a time – James Taylor, Phil Collins and Genesis, Sting & The Police and Elton John.”

From before the point at which Emily was able to talk, she found ways to express herself, singing in the bathtub at full volume and possessing a cry so clear that her mother claims to have know from the start that her daughter was destined to become a singer.

Emily’s first taste for performance came at the young age of 5 years old, when she developed a love of musical theatre and would perform on every stage she could get her feet on. Her vocal training began at the same time and continued throughout her high school years including involvement in the choir, concert choir, doo wop group and further study in group and solo performance. At 17, Emily’s singing teacher was the first to remark her voice possessed the qualities of a true Country singer and her focus and inspiration shifted towards the likes of The Dixie Chicks, Lady A and The Band Perry.

By 19 Emily had self-taught the guitar and discovered a love for song-writing, stemming from her desire to channel her emotions into poetic messages about her own experiences. She recounts her immediate obsession with the instrument and its ability to become ‘a vehicle to transport my voice’.

Emily’s musical influences developed across a range of country and pop genres, evolving from her family’s traditional gatherings in the Mid-West – Batesville, Indiana, USA – as well as her time spent with her peers, whilst living on campus at Washington State University. Her early years listening to 80’s pop, Billy Joel, Avril Lavigne and Maroon 5 became the staging post for her own vocal and songwriting style.

Despite her extensive education and deep roots in the music world, like many young artists Emily recognised that her craving to perform wasn’t always matched with the necessary confidence that it takes to be a stage presence. As a youngster she came up against criticisms about her height being a limiting factor if she ever wanted to be an actor/dancer, with messages to the tune of “Just don’t hope for lead roles – you’ll only ever be “The Tall Girl.” being imparted on her. True to her name, Emily turned these messages to her strength, and harnessed them as fuel to her fire.

Her determination to succeed has been matched with a growing love for her music and the industry of which she has sought to become a part. Her involvement with the Country Music scene she describes as being ‘Full of hard-working, generous and focussed creatives’, and as such her place within it seems entirely appropriate.
An extension of her own self, Emily’s music is something that possesses a tangible sense of who she is and what her life experiences have taught her. Fans of her music see her songwriting as a positive message that has relevance and relatability to their own experiences. Emily’s motivation and love for the music feeds heavily off this ability to convey a sense of hope and triumph over adversity as expressed through her lyrics.

Her approach to the musical journey is a holistic one that involves a deep seated ambition to expose her music to a wider audience in Australia and overseas, but also maintains its connection to her roots. She describes her experience with the process as being ‘All about the feeling for me. The lyrics, melody, and the ability for someone to connect to the story. I want to stay true to my own self-expression and the vision I have. I want to stay grounded and humble and thankful, no matter what happens. I will never take a single moment for granted, and am filled with gratitude every step of the way. ’

With new music due to be released, one thing remains clear in Emily’s mind, and that is the driving force behind her love of capturing authenticity in performance and music:

“Music is something that transcends language barriers and remains timeless. To be able to share my own experiences and honest thoughts about life and love, and have a growing number of people resonate with that, to feel heard, understood, and healed…that’s fulfilling my life’s purpose.”

Heidi Flumm. 2019. Edited 2022.
The B Side Agency. Feb 2019.

Emily Hatton - Singer Songwriter Performer

As told by Em:

Oh hey. My name’s Emily, but you can call me Em. My biggest obsession is songs; writing them, singing them on stage whilst strumming my Martin guitar. (It’s about the only time I can do two things at once. I’m surprisingly terrible at multitasking). It’s my dream to perform songs I’ve written on a stadium stage, while the crowd holds up thousands of little lights, and sings those lyrics with me. I have a dimple on my right cheek when I smile, and I used to write poetry in my grandfather’s apple tree. What gives me goosebumps? Being outdoors, living in the moment, being immersed in experiences & adventures, Murder Mysteries (but I can’t do horror). Another obsession of mine: Puzzles: jigsaw, word, riddles – you name it. There’s something magical about the combination of purple and gold, for me. You’ll tend to see it a lot when I’m involved. My mini lop rabbit, Popcorn, likes to steal my chocolate. I steal it back.
I fangirl over paramedics. I think it must do with how much respect I have for them casually saving lives on a daily basis. My skill set doesn’t lie in being a surgeon or a doctor; but I try to bring healing through music, because that’s what it brings me.

Building my second home at Washington State University for student exchange (Go Cougs!) was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and one of the hardest things to leave behind.

Deep conversation is what I gravitate toward, but at the same time, throw me some sarcasm and witty banter, and let’s both laugh until we cry.

And… I love people. Discovering what they’re passionate about. Their biggest dreams. What they yearn for. What lights them up. And if I can make someone feel like they’re hearing the words their heart has been wanting to say, then I’ve done my job.
I write music for people like you.

Emily Hatton - Singer Songwriter Performer
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