Emilia Quinn's #WMYC

Today’s #whatmadeyoucountry comes from Emilia Quinn! Emilia released her stunning single Mistakes back in April and now she’s talking all about her country roots. Emilia is also one of three artists taking part in our ‘Help From My Friends’ challenge, so if you haven’t submitted some words for that yet, get on it – right after reading this, of course!


Country music is like a whole music industry in itself. I feel like the country music umbrella is so massive and it’s growing more and more every day. I see a lot of trying to define what country is, or how it should sound and even some rather mean comments on artists who aren’t to certain peoples’ tastes. But at the end of the day, you can choose to listen or not to listen to any music. Bottom line I think country comes from somewhere rooted in history, and personally, if it has a story and makes me feel something, I’m here for it.


I’m not really sure what the first country song I heard was or if I knew it was country, but one significant moment in relation to country music was (and this is super cringe but I was a kid, okay!) when I saw the Hannah Montana movie and heard Rascal Flatts play Bless The Broken Road.


Those harmonies, the whole sitting on the front porch vibe, like a big family, the storytelling in the music. It spoke to me! I just didn’t know it at the time, but it planted a seed for a love for all things country. I love the togetherness you get at UK Country gigs and festivals, like meeting up with friends you’ve known your whole life.


If we’re going all in 100% country through and through, then my first country gig was only the queen Dolly Parton! When she spoke to the audience it’s like she was talking straight to you. She captured everyone like nothing I’ve ever seen before, it was mesmerising. Not to mention how she can play literally everything!


It was a mix of Aubrie Sellers, Cam and Brothers Osbourne. I found them on playlists and started seeing the variations of Country music and how it didn’t have to be one specific thing. I think this drew me to try my hand at making country. It was also a small step from my previous musical project, which was a blues-rock band.


If I could only listen to one country album for the next ten years? What. A. Question. Hate you just a little bit for asking! I think I’d go for one I’ve been a bit obsessed with lately which is Country Fuzz by The Cadillac Three. It’s got the badass tunes and the mellowed out ballad-y feels so a decent balance for me! If you go cruisin’ – whack on Slow Rolling. Getting ready to party – Crackin’ Cold Ones With The Boys. Dancing on a bar? – The Jam. Chilling with your girl (or boy) – Dirt Road Nights. Sorted! Plus with 16 tracks, it’s a good length for variety haha!


These are my five most influential songs. These change all the time too, so don’t hold me to it in a couple of weeks time!



You can find Emilia’s music on Bandcamp and stream it on Spotify and Apple Music.  Follow Emilia on Instagram @emiliaquinnmusic and on Facebook at Emilia Quinn Music.