On Friday, May 20th, Emma Peterson released her debut album titled Just for the Record.
In its first day, Just for the Record reached number 4 on the iTunes country music charts!
“I am excited and can’t believe that I’m releasing an album out to the world. I’ve always wanted to do this and release a collection of songs and to be able to be at a point in my life where I can do that, I feel really thankful,” said Peterson.
When the pandemic first started in 2020, Emma took that time to figure out what her sound was going to be as an artist and what kind of music she wanted to put out into the world.
Recording the album during that time was a challenge but it’s also made it easier to connect and collaborate virtually and in person with other people and push her boundaries.
Although it is difficult to choose, Emma’s favourite song off the album that she wrote is Backroad Dreams.
“It’s more of a slower ballad song but I just really love not only the lyrics but I love the melody in that song,” she said.
The phrase “just for the record” stood out to her as the title track for the album.
“One thing I love about music is how you take such typical phrases and change it and make it into something different,” she said.
“When you actually think of the meaning of the words ‘just for the record,’ it’s when someone is going to say their honest opinion or how they feel. That is something I try to do with my writing. I want to be honest and truthful with my writing and with other people so it felt right as the album title.”
Starting May 26, Emma starts her Just for the Record album release tour in Winnipeg and is making stops in Brandon and Dauphin, MB.
“I am most excited to see people in person. During the pandemic I did a few virtual concerts but I am so excited to perform for people in person and make those connections,” said Peterson.
The next steps for Emma after the album release and tour is to film a music video for the title track and continue working on new music.
“All I can ever hope is for my music to connect with people and that I can continue doing what I love to do,” she said.
Make sure to check out Emma’s album, Just for the Record on all streaming platforms and get tickets to see her on tour!