Singer, songwriter, and musician Em Possible is a melodic music machine. Growing up in a household immersed around instruments and singing before she could even talk, evolving her talent into a profession was an inescapable part of her destiny.
Emily Geeves grew up in Ohio surrounded by family who also happened to be musicians. She grew up listening to a variety of different genres, which is visible in her production today. This is why genre flexibility comes naturally to Em, and versatility is one of her many talents. She can sing country, reggae, provide standout vocals on EDM production, and keep a staccato rhythm with hip-hop lovers alike.
It wasn’t until 2009 until Colorado saw the talented artist at her new home base. Since then, Em has released a full EP along with numerous singles, performed many intimate shows, and has been practicing trauma informed bodywork. You can also catch Em Possible every Tuesday on Instagram where she serenades us for #tinytracktuesdays.
We were lucky enough to get the chance and catch a moment with Emily to learn more about the past, present, and future of Em Possible.
Danielle Sparano: How did you get started in the music scene? When did you first learn to play the guitar?
Em Possible: I’ve been singing since before I could talk, so I’ve always felt a calling to music. I guess I got into the “scene” around 2013 when a friend of mine who I used to just jam/sing with at my apartment asked me to open for her at one of her local shows. I started to play guitar when I was about 14.
Danielle Sparano: Who are your biggest influences?
Em Possible: My Grandmother, my Mom, my Dad, and my brother.
Danielle Sparano: What do you feel is the best song you ever released and why?
Em Possible: I think the best song I’ve released is Monday Morning. It was a song that I co-wrote with my guitar player, and it was one of the first songs I ever co-wrote with anyone. That process inspired an entire co-writing album with all of my band mates which was such an amazing, different approach to anything I’d done with them in the past. It’s also my first original song to get over a million plays!
Danielle Sparano: When did you move to Colorado? Do you ever think you will be traveling elsewhere to live, or is Colorado your home forever? You are originally from Ohio, right?
Em Possible: I moved to Colorado from Ohio in January 2009. I think that Denver/Colorado will always be my home base, but I do think that I’ll live a few other places in my life. Forever is such a long time!!
Danielle Sparano: Do you have a favorite venue to perform at?
Em Possible: Larimer Lounge will always have a soft spot in my heart, but I think Ophelia’s is probably one of my favorite venues to play. I haven’t played the Ogden (yet) but I really love that venue as well (as far as indoor venues go).
Danielle Sparano: If you could go back in time and relive one of your shows, which one would you pick?
Em Possible: Probably South Park Music Festival when I performed with Dirty Little Thieves in 2014. It was the biggest crowd I had ever performed in front of and one of my first festival gigs as well. I was just getting started in music, I hadn’t even released my first album yet.
Danielle Sparano: Your music is so versatile. Do you have a favorite genre/sound design to work with?
Em Possible: I grew up listening to so many “genres/sounds” that I don’t think I can say I have a favorite. My mom has a very eclectic taste in music and she certainly passed it along to me, which I’m very thankful for. It’s allowed me to showcase versatility with my own music, writing, and collaborations. I think it makes me a better artist to not focus on just one type of genre. I’m sure some people would disagree but, that’s how I feel.
Danielle Sparano: This past year has been a crazy rollercoaster; however, many artists coped in different ways to seek inspiration during quarantine. Did you turn to any specific activities or new hobbies that helped inspire you?
Em Possible: I honestly didn’t do much the first few months of Covid. I forced myself to pick up my guitar mid-April after not touching it for almost a month. Once the dust settled a little bit I became inspired to workout/do yoga regularly which helped regulate my mood. I also bought a ton of new books to keep my brain busy which was great. I’ve always been an avid reader, but I definitely read more books in 2020 than I think I have in years.
Danielle Sparano: What does your creative process look like?
Em Possible: Haha, chaotic and messy, but it works. I have notes on my phone and note pads all over my house/car for the moment’s inspiration hits. It is sometimes a word or phrase, sometimes I can write 4 songs in a day, and sometimes I write one hook over the course of 3 months. It really varies?!
Danielle Sparano: If you could give one piece of advice to other producers during this time, what would it be?
Em Possible: Oh gosh… I’d say keep going. I think as creatives we have this aversion to not make music or art or whatever when we know (or think) it’s going to be shit. You have to make the shit to move through the shit to get to the other side of the shit where there is better shit to be made.
Danielle Sparano: What are you working on right now? What can we expect from you in 2021: Projects, tours, etc?
Em Possible: As much as I would LOVE to announce a tour in 2021, I think Covid has other plans for the music industry this year (again). I will say I got Ableton last year and have been taking lessons, so I’m excited to create and release some music using a different platform and to expand my abilities as a creator. I am currently working on a project with a new guitar player/sound engineer and percussion player, but that’s all I can say about it right now 😉
Danielle Sparano: I heard you are doing a Livestream soon! The first one of 2021, right? Can you tell us more about that?
Em Possible: I am doing my first livestream on Valentine’s Day! This will be my first livestream that isn’t at my house, so I’m really looking forward to being around other musicians/artists. It’s also at a venue I have never performed at, The Armory. It’s a singer/songwriter showcase of all women, and I’m honored to be on the bill. You may even hear a few new acoustic originals from me if you tune in!
Danielle Sparano: Is there someone that you want to collaborate with the most?
Em Possible: Haha, well that is a loaded question. I would LOVE to do a collaboration with GRiZ — I not only enjoy his music but I think as an artist he really utilizes his platform in a way that builds connection and community which I think is extremely important. I also have always dreamed about doing something with ZZ Ward. She’s been an inspiration to me for many years, and I think she’s underrated as an artist.
Em Outside Of Music
Danielle Sparano: Outside of music, what are your favorite things to do? Can you tell me more about EmBodymovements and how you got into the bodywork?
Em Possible: I have definitely always been a wearer of many hats. My EmBodyMovements page showcases the other passions I have which include movement, yoga, cannabis/CBD, and trauma informed bodywork/recovery to name a few. Having been to rehab for an eating disorder as well as working deeply with some therapists around my trauma, the connection of the body and the mind are just so vital. I’ve learned that when I’m disconnected from my body, everything else seems awry. When I can listen to what my body needs, whether that’s vigorous exercise, walking my dog, a yoga class, CBD for the brain fog days (I had a serious TBI at the end of 2019 and had to re-learn how to play guitar among other things), etc. it allows me to create in/from a space that is resourced and supported. Good body/connection days = better creative space.
Danielle Sparano: Where is your favorite hiking spot around the area?
Em Possible: I love St. Mary’s Glacier and pretty much any mountain trail. Steamboat and Breck were two places I spent a lot of time outdoors last years.
Danielle Sparano: If you could have any superpower in the world, what would it be?
Em Possible: I think I’d want a photographic memory to be honest. That or to fly cuz, who wouldn’t want to fly!?
Danielle Sparano: Final couple of questions here, let’s dive a bit deeper. We know you have an emotional support dog, how do they help in your musical creative process. Have you ever taken them to a show with you?
Em Possible: Dakota Bear is my emotional support animal, and he is amazing. He helped me through rehab in ways I never imagined possible. He loves when I play guitar or piano or sing — he’ll get as close as he can to me and just thump his tail and listen. It’s precious. He got to go to his first show of mine in September of 2020, I played an outdoor gig at the Walnut Room and he was front row. I definitely hope to bring him to more shows, but most likely outside only as dogs have 3x the muscles in their ears and I’d worry about that at an indoor venue.
Danielle Sparano: How do you find creativity when in a drought? What sort of creative outlets do you have besides creating music?
Em Possible: When I can’t find it, I can’t find it. There’s definitely a difference between working through the shit and just having nothing to work with. When I experience those moments, I change my medium. I really love to paint/draw, and that usually helps me move back into a creative space.
Danielle Sparano: Your performance on TedxTalks in 2019 was awesome! Would you want to do another one again in the future?
Em Possible: I have SO much love for my TedX family and would be honored to have the opportunity to perform at one again.
Danielle Sparano: Final question, would you consider yourself a party guru?
Em Possible: It’d be a damn shame not to, now wouldn’t it 😉
Photos Provided by Patrik Essy and Em Possible
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