J-14 is scouting out the hottest music around... and this week's pick is Emii.
Here are five things you need to know about Emii, whose album Magic and song "Mr. Romeo" are available on iTunes now!
Singer Emii grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, where she joined theater, took the bus back and forth to New York City for open mic nights and auditions, and wrote and recorded songs on her family's computer. "It didn't matter if no one believed in me yet or that there was no money," she tells J-14. "If someone told me, 'No', I would shake it off and keep moving. I was, and still am, obsessed and completely in love with what I do. The love keeps me going."
Emii's current single, "Mr. Romeo" is currently at #3 on Billboard's Breakout Dance Club chart. She says the song, which features Snoop Dogg, is about passion, discovering a lust for life, and having fun along the way. "When I heard that Snoop was digging the song, I knew he'd be the one to add that bit of magic to it," she tells us. "He really is the coolest. He's also the tallest! I had to stand on an apple box while wearing four inch heels just to come close to evening out our height difference while filming the music video. He is an incredibly awesome person to work and chill with."
The most personal song to Emii is the title track off her album Magic. "There are so many intense emotions of mine bottled up in that song," she explains.
One of Emii's celeb crushes is Unstoppable's Chris Pine.
The first CD Emii ever bought was Michael Jackson's Thriller.
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