There's a songwriting powerhouse behind many of today's biggest bops — and her name is Emily Warren.
The 25-year-old singer-songwriter has worked with countless artists, including Dua Lipa, The Chainsmokers, Charli XCX, Shawn Mendes, and Little Mix just to name a few. She helped pen Dua’s breakup anthem "New Rules," along with The Chainsmokers' Grammy Award-winning single "Don’t Let Me Down." Emily has been releasing her own music since 2016, with singles including "Capsize," "Hurt By You," and "Something to Hold on To." And now for her brand new single "Paranoid," Teen Vogue has a first look at the music video for the soulful earworm.
"It’s so exciting and fulfilling," says Emily about working on her solo project. "I love writing with other people but putting out my own music and expressing myself is a whole other world that I really enjoy dipping into." She continues, "When I’m writing with other artists my job really is to help shape their truths, but when I’m writing for myself it’s always from my own personal experience."
As Emily prepares for the release of her debut full-length album later this year in August, "Paranoid" gives us a little tease of what's to come from the musical talent. The black-and-white noir-style video features a man (played by Brandon Reese) who is haunted by the vision of a past lover: Emily, clad in a vintage-inspired, one-shouldered, floor-length gown, complete with a pearl necklace, long black gloves, and a fascinator featuring a bedazzled fishnet veil. Throughout the video, Brandon runs through an apartment trying to get away from Emily's eerie presence as she sings, "Don't listen to that voice / Darling, there's no need to be paranoid."
On the inspiration for the music video, Emily explains, "My longtime friend — and the director of the video — Matt Porter, is the one who came up with the concept. We knew we wanted to do something that played on the idea of paranoia, [like] some kind of horror-movie, and since both of us are fans of Alfred Hitchcock and noir or black-and-white style [movies], this is what we landed on."
The darkness of the video perfectly counterbalances the seemingly-upbeat production of the song, and her raspy alto voice is equally haunting and captivating. The song, which was released as a single earlier this month, has racked up over 240,000 plays on Spotify. If this song is any indicator of what the rest of the album will sound like, we can't wait to hear the rest of it.
Watch the full video below:
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