Since the success of "Don't Let Me Down," Warren has had no shortage of offers to write for other popular artists, but she's ready to flourish as a singer on her own.
If you've turned on the radio in the last few years, you've probably heard a catchy tune or two -- or six -- written by Emily Warren.
Her first big hit, The Chainsmokers' "Don't Let Me Down," won a Grammy, which means she won a Grammy. She's gone on to work with Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart on nearly every song they've done after that. Warren's also written "New Rules" for Dua Lipa and "Boys" for Charli XCX, just to name a few of the chart toppers you might've heard.
The nomadic singer-songwriter -- originally from New York -- stopped by TooFab to put her multifaceted chops on display, and we were floored. As TooFab's TooGood Artist of the Month, Warren also sang us an original song off her debut record, "Quiet Your Mind" -- and it's still stuck in our heads. Don't believe us? Take a listen below.
But beyond having a knack for writing, Warren has a knack for people. She told TooFab her writing process is 100 percent reliant on the bond she's able to form with an artist.
"I always find that you get the best stuff from just getting people to be really honest and open," she told us. "It's just so much easier to write a song about a real thing than trying to make something up."
"Now that lyrics and story-telling are becoming more important in pop music, people are doing it more -- and you can hear it more," she continued. "But it's something that I picked up a year or two into writing with other people because I used to go to sessions with a list of song titles that I would try and make work."
Once Warren meets an artist, they sit down together to discuss everything from their mood that day to what's going on in their love life -- or lack thereof. Once we heard that, we just had to know if Dua Lipa's "rules" for dating were true to life (and if they worked).
"Actually, I wrote that with my friend, Caroline," Warren explained. "She was going through the exact same thing at the time. We decided in the session that we would write a song with rules that she could follow to not keep going back to the same person. It was the same [with Dua Lipa], like a digging-for-the-truth situation."
Since the success of "Don't Let Me Down," Warren has been pursued by a plethora of artists, managers and producers across a span of genres. And although she has every intention to keep writing songs for other people, she's ready to flourish as a performer on her own.
"I started off as an artist: I had a band first, and then got into songwriting and fell completely in love with it," Warren explained. "But I always had the bug in me. I wanted to sing my own stuff, even if just kind of for fun."
"And then there were two songs -- one called 'Just Click' and one called 'Ready to Dance,' which are both on my album -- that I had just written while I was writing for other people," she continued. "And every time someone was interested in them, I was kind of resistant and thinking, 'I don't want them to sing that. I kind of want to sing that.'"
Warren said that was the moment she knew she needed to make a name for herself as a singer, too. And after listening to her album, it's hard not to root for her.
To witness the magic of Warren's "Quiet Your Mind" live, purchase tickets to her Los Angeles show, which will take place Monday, November 5 at 9:30 p.m. at Moroccan Lounge.
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