Meet Emma Jayne – “music is the best way to encompass everything I’m feeling.”

Welcome to 52 Songs Of Happiness, a collection of unique music from around the world brought to you by Coca-Cola. Each week we’ll be introducing some of the world’s best new artists, featuring dance, rock, hip-hop and everything in between. Each of these amazing new acts has crafted a one-off song for Coca-Cola based around a treasured location, as well as a Placelist with the music that makes that place so special. We can’t wait to share it all with you in the coming weeks and months!

We continue our journey with the fantastic new American singer-songwriter Emma Jayne. Chicago-based Emma has been playing music her whole life, with the piano and ukulele just two of the instruments she balances against her delicate voice. We met her to discuss her song, ‘Individual’ and the location she’s chosen for the Placelist.

Hi Emma, nice to meet you! Please introduce yourself and tell us about your music?

I write acoustic pop but you’ll find bits and pieces of other genres too. I tell a story with my songs, and when people listen, maybe they can learn a thing or two about themselves. My music gets stuck in your head, and it’s best to listen to when driving in the car with the windows down.

What are your songs about and what motivates you to make music?

I write my songs such as ‘Individual’ about my life: I find that they help me make sense of a situation or a confusing time. When I finish a song, I not only get a feeling of fulfillment, but a sense of clarity as well.

Tell us about the location you have chosen for your Placelist?

The location I’ve chosen for my playlist is Lake Delton, where I’ve going to sleepaway camp since 4th grade, and slowly learned year after year how special it is. I learn more about myself than I ever have in just four to eight weeks. The friendships I’ve made are unbreakable and the community at camp cannot be compared. The thing I love is that even if weeks or months pass, there’s never a doubt in my mind that camp will always be there for me.

Why does this location inspire you to make music?

Camp encourages me to get out of my comfort zone and to learn more about myself and the people around me. Not only is the incredible community an inspiration and support group in and of itself, but the experiences and memories I’ve had at camp are so profound, that I find music is the best way to encompass everything I’m feeling.