Like all musicians in Brandon and the Westman area, singer/songwriter Emma Peterson has been missing out on performing at live shows and the interaction she shares with those who flock to her performances.
“The feeling of connecting through music” is what Emma told bdnmb.ca she misses most about live performances. “The reason I make music is to make other people feel the emotion I’m trying to convey in my music. There is nothing like connecting with others in person.”
Emma estimates she had to cancel upwards of 20 shows since the Covid-19 pandemic hit, including getting the opportunity to open for High Valley, Manitoba Summer Games and the Manitoba Country Music Association Awards. While she was able to play 2 small shows when restrictions were loosened in the summer, her last major live performance was at Houstons in Brandon opening for Petric (February 28, 2020).
Usually in the summer the country music artist expects to plan 10+ shows in Manitoba at different street fairs, family fun weekends, and festivals. As an emerging artist, opportunities often come up last minute and performing is an essential part of building on her craft and connecting with others.
Emma, who has been performing live in Brandon venues for the past 3-4 years, has put her downtime to good use. “Writing, writing, and more writing. The slower year has given me the opportunity to develop musically, but also professionally, behind the scenes” she said. “I have had more time to grow and become a better writer and musician. I have also been able to learn more about the music industry. I think that this time has given me an opportunity to learn and do things I wouldn’t have been able to otherwise.”
“One of my favourite parts of performing is thanking everyone after the show for coming and hearing how they enjoyed the show” said Emma. “I hope sometime soon I can do that again! I am thankful for social media and the role it plays in helping me stay connected with everyone.”