Annalise Emerick Looks Beyond “The Simple Life”


Annalise Emerick spends a lot of time on the road as a performing songwriter, and she’s made it a point to stay actively involved in booking her own shows. That determination to forge her own path, despite its innumerable challenges, is what inspired one of her new songs, “The Simple Life.”

“I’ve reconciled the fact that I’ll never live a simple life, and that’s all right with me. This is the life I chose for myself,” Emerick says. That confidence can be heard in “The Simple Life,” cushioned in a lovely arrangement that falls somewhere between folk and country.

When Emerick was a child, her family moved often, and that transitory approach has carried over into her adult life as well. Although she’s still in her 20s, she’s lived in Seattle, Austin, Boston and now Nashville (for the second time). She also spent a few summers as a camp counselor in Maine and New Hampshire. Her debut EP, Starry-Eyed, arrived in 2011.

Since that release, she’s maintained a steady tour calendar of listening rooms and living rooms. She’s currently playing gigs in the Pacific Northwest, with dates scheduled well into November.

“It’s all about building on something and getting out there in front of people. If you’re going to do it, then you have to really go for it,” she says.

Emerick’s latest album, the autobiographical Field Notes, will be released on Tuesday (Sept. 16). Listen to “The Simple Life,” which Emerick wrote with John Flanagan.