Emme Lentino Tells Us About Her New Single and Overcoming Major Life Challenges

Singer-songwriter Emme Lentino is taking the music industry by storm. Among the Oregon native’s accomplishments are having her songs played on the hit daytime dramas All My Children and One Life to Live. She was also a co-host on Heart of Indie Radio for the Eddie & Emme Show in June 2019.

The singer took time from her busy schedule to chat with Showbiz Cheat Sheet about her new single, “Some Other Girl.” She also shared how she overcame major life challenges.

Showbiz Cheat Sheet: How did you get your start in the music industry?

Emme Lentino | Sacha Stejko/Anderson Public Relations Group
Emme Lentino | Sacha Stejko/Anderson Public Relations Group

Emme Lentino: I got my start as a little girl singing and dancing in musicals, singing at church, and appearing at special events in my hometown of Salem, Oregon. Music has always been a part of my life!

CS: Who are some of your musical influences?

EL: I greatly admire Sarah McLachlan, Dolly Parton, Crystal Gayle, Stevie Nicks, and Pink

CS: What inspired your new single, “Some Other Girl?”

EL: I was inspired to write this song after looking through some of my high school journals. Now that was interesting! I was struck by how much I longed to be loved and how much I lacked self-love and self-esteem. I felt determined to write something that would address the subject of heartbreak but also give the listener hope.

I got together with producer, songwriter, and friend, Bryan Bell. We wrote the song in a very short amount of time. This song is geared toward the younger me, the one who constantly got caught up in love and relationships and seriously lacked self-love.

Looking back at the first heartbreak, I can share my journey with my listeners and encourage them to get up when they are down and find out who they are meant to be. It’s song I really believe in! I feel the empowering message will resonate with all young people.

CS: Out of all the songs you’ve recorded, which one holds the most meaning for you and why?

Emme Lentino | Sacha Stejko/Anderson Public Relations Group
Emme Lentino | Sacha Stejko/Anderson Public Relations Group

EL: Definitely my song, “Seasons of Life.” I began writing the song when my husband was terminally ill with cancer. I was his caretaker. I was faced with immense heartache, stress and raising my 2-year-old and 3 ½ -year-old little girls. It broke my heart he would not see them grow up.

I remember singing the chorus of the song loudly, praying that I would get through the hard times. I felt so strong when I sang the words out loud. I was struck by the fact that although I was facing his passing, I needed to be strong and help others heal from hardships. I finished the song after he passed away.

The song has become an anthem of hope. Many listeners from all over the globe have reached out to me. They’ve shared their stories of loss. I am so blessed to have connected with folks who resonate with the message that we can overcome every difficulty. We must never give up. Life isn’t easy, but it is beautiful.

CS: You mentioned in an interview that you lived out of your car for a while. What circumstances led to that event? How did you get back on your feet?

EL: Now that was certainly a tough time in my life. It all happened very suddenly. I planned to move from my LA apartment to a friend’s home for a few months to save and focus. Unfortunately, that friend’s plans changed, and I could no longer stay there. I was actually in my car driving with all my stuff to her house when I got the call. I decided I was going to be OK. I never really shared this hard time with anyone.

I showed up to all my jobs and saved and saved to be able to get back on my feet. I became very thankful for everything. It was a humbling experience for sure. Around that time, I got my first paycheck for a song I wrote and recorded. It got placed in a daytime soap, wow! That definitely started a turnaround for me.

CS: What advice would you give to people who want to be a singer like you?

EL: Be wise and be sure to understand your core values. These will guide you through many tough decisions. Don’t give up! I truly believe that if you can dream it, you can achieve it! It may not happen as quickly as you’d like, but life is absolutely an adventure. Enjoy every moment and celebrate the wins when they happen.

CS: Anything to add?    

EL: I would love to remind everyone reading this that they are loved just as they are. Feel free to connect with me on social media. I truly love connecting with my listeners and feel that music is so healing and connective–especially in these times. Love, light, and positive vibes.

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