Emine SARI is an Awards winning Turkish musician that has a very colorful and beautiful life story. She began to teach herself the piano and study foreign languages as a young child because she loved music from different cultures and regions of the world.
What makes Emine different from other artists is the fact that she recruits an arsenal of songwriters and only performs her own compositions.
“Her ability to sing and write in six different languages
makes her very versatile and a global star.” – Bravestar Entertainment
We were quite impressed with her unique blend of pop, jazz, and swing. And her jazzy pop rendition of Radiohead’s “Creep” was easily one of the most original covers we’d ever heard. Naturally, we were curious about this fascinating artist and wanted to know more.
And so our editor-in-chief Jeremiah Foster immediately set about interviewing her…
3 things you like/ 3 things you dislike?
Sing in front of thousands of people
Sing in front of the mirror
Neighbor’s loud music
What motivates you in your career?
I’ve always been motivated by my family. Without them, I’m nothing. One thing that I say to myself is “be good all the time”.
I motivate myself by saying I can always improve, which actually makes a difference. I always want to be number 1. I always say to myself that I can’t afford to fail.
I understand that you speak six different languages. Do you find it easy to learn new languages or is it difficult?
I would think you must have a natural gift for learning languages to be able to speak that many. You need to trust that your brain will learn. As long as you are motivated enough and enjoy what you are doing, you will succeed. Just don’t expect to be fluent in any language over night. It takes time, but it is all worth it. Music and singing have made a huge difference in my language learning progress! Learning the lyrics of a song helps you expand your vocabulary and teach you some slang/typical phrases.
Singing can actually help you reduce your foreign-sounding accent! I think music is a great way to learn a language – it doesn’t feel like work at all.
Have you written songs in all of the languages that you know?
Yes, sure. I started to learn foreign languages for my desire to sing and write foreign songs…
I think, that when you’re writing in a language you don’t ordinarily speak, you’re more likely to find creative ways of aligning the words. It is just so much easier for me to make something make sense in English or Russian, for example.
Have you released any songs in Turkish? If not, do you have any plans to do so?
Yes, I have some songs I released before and I will include one Turkish song to my next album too!
“I make music to make people happy!
When I record music I always think
about my fans. I appreciate the
positive responses from my fans.”
You released your single, “Who Are You,” and the video did very well. When will you be releasing new songs? Are you recording a full-length album? Tell us about your upcoming music.
I’ll be releasing a new single in a few months and we keep working on finishing up the songs for NOTHING BUT YOU new album to be released next year! We are working on new CD with great producers from UK and Turkey and we are planning to record at The Abbey Road Studios in the UK.
What motivates you in your career?
I’ve always been motivated by my family. Without them, I’m nothing. One thing that I say to myself is “be good all the time”. I motivate myself by saying I can always improve, which actually makes a difference. I always want to be number 1. I always say to myself that I can’t afford to fail.
Ever thought in your career to give up music?
The way I am going is stony and difficult (especially as a woman)!There are a lot of highs and lows and I am always asking the questions: “Am I good enough? Am I pretty enough? Am I too old?” and all the other things.
Now I am getting closer to my dreams, but sometimes slower than I would like!! But I NEVER think that is going to stop me. Music will always be a driving force in my life…I will never give up!
It’s true that when you feel you should give up, it would be the worst thing you could do!