“Like I say in a line of a new song that hasn’t come out yet, “Don’t judge a book by its cover. We’re all sisters and brothers”, ALWAYS stay true to yourself. Don’t change your personality for others. If it’s not you, just don’t do it. And stay away from people who try to bring you down and that only bring negativity to your life. If someone is bullying you or making fun of you, just know that it’s not because your doing something wrong. It’s because something wrong is going on in their life. And if you need any help, please ALWAYS talk to someone. There is always someone there for you.”
I had the pleasure to interview Khadija Emma. Born in Geneva Switzerland and raised in Los Angeles California, Khadija Emma grew up to find her love for music. Since she was a little girl Khadija Emma was fascinated and inspired by artists such as Whitney Houston. As she came to be older her love for Whitney Houston hasn’t changed but she has come to love Zendaya and Billie Eilish. They are all her major inspirations. Khadija Emma first started getting into music when her godfather, the producer, Dallas Austin brought her to his studio in Atlanta at the age of three. He gave Khadija Emma her first piano. This was the beginning of a new journey. Khadija Emma wrote her first song EMPIRE at the age of 9 and fully produced it at 12. The song expresses her sad and confused feelings after being bullied by other kids. She says “The lyrics just came in my head when I was sitting alone at my piano. I wondered how I could make a way to express my feelings while still being able to help and heal other people with my music”. “Empire” is a message for all young kids and teens, trying to find their true selves and not doing something just because someone wants you to. To find their own “Empire”.
Thank you for having me! I have always had a big love for music. I just followed my dreams and that’s where that brought me (With the help of my parents ofcourse). If you want to achieve something, you always need to have support, no matter who it is. If you just stay positive and believe in yourself, anything is possible. Don’t tell yourself that you can’t do something or that your not good at something. Don’t even let anybody say negative things about you. I say in the bridge of my Original song, Empire, “Life means we can do anything”.
An interesting story that happened during this career was while I was recording. I was so used to recording in my little closet in my house that when the time came and I recorded in ATL with producer, Dallas Austin, I was so shocked on how large the recording room was. It was literally 5 times the size of my closet.
When I was recording my very first song, Empire, we were almost done for the day until my producer told me that we have to record the bridge next. The only thing was that I didn’t have a bridge. So right then and there, I wrote one which managed to be the most powerful line in my song. The lesson I learned was to ALWAYS be prepared and to know what you have to do. Even if you forget something there is always a way to fix it.
Right Now I am working on 3 new songs with producer, Dallas Austin. I am so excited to be working on these because they all have to do with my theme of Anti-Bullying. It is very important to me because I was bullied all throughout my life and I want to make a change by spreading awareness.
Some of the most interesting people I have interacted with are Dakota Lotus (Coop and Cami On Disney Channel), Krystian Lyttle (Grey’s Anatomy), Sharlize and Shariah True (Dancers), and Brooklyn Queen (Rapper and Finalist on Brat’s “The Talent Show”). I have met all influencers throughout events and shows. They are so encouraging and sweet and they are so fun to hang around with.
Like I say in a line of a new song that hasn’t come out yet, “Don’t judge a book by its cover. We’re all sisters and brothers”, ALWAYS stay true to yourself. Don’t change your personality for others. If it’s not you, just don’t do it. And stay away from people who try to bring you down and that only bring negativity to your life. If someone is bullying you or making fun of you, just know that it’s not because your doing something wrong. It’s because something wrong is going on in their life. And if you need any help, please ALWAYS talk to someone. There is always someone there for you.
I would make a movement to fight bullying. Like I said before, I have been affected by it. It’s not a good thing to do and if you see it, you should always try and help.
1. The industry is NOT easy. It involves a lot of hard work, but at the end it pays off.
2. Have a team. Make sure you have people you trust on your side.
3. Stay Positive. No matter what, you can’t bring yourself down because of the actions of others.
4. Take your time. Hard work always takes time. Weather it’s writing a song or learning a script, it takes time to get it to how you want. It’s not magic.
5. Don’t take everything so seriously. It’s good to have fun sometimes. You can have your serious moments, but you can also have your fun moments. And those are usually the moments you will remember.
Your life is a result of the choices you make… If you don’t like your life it is time to start making better choices.
This quote made me aware about how much thought you put into your actions.
My family. We work as a team. That is what I love about a family team. We are always there to talk and we always have each others back.
I would LOVE to eat a private breakfast with Zendaya and Billie Eilish. They are my idols. They inspire me and motivate me to be as good as them some day.
YouTube: Khadija Emma
Tik Tok: @khadijaemma
Thank you so much for sharing my story.
Originally published at medium.com