Jeremy Williams-Chalmers, Arts Correspondent

Musical Motivation: Emma Gale

Emma Gale is a singer/songwriter based in the Dorset area. Having dabbled with radio presenting, she has made a name for herself in her local area through a variety of live performances. However, lockdown has given her the drive and time to focus her energies on a recording career. Having released the wonderful Let's See What The Earth Has To Say, we caught up with her to find out what music has influenced her. We asked, what songs make you...


Anything by Gilbert O’Sullivan but probably my favourite song of his is Nothing Rhymed

Luckily for me he was the songwriter of my childhood and I really hope that somehow or another he has had an influence on the songs I write now.


Queen & The Solider - Suzanne Vega

Suzanne Vega is absolutely amazing and I wonder if she is under-rated but she does actually have a significant following. She packs out venues over the UK regularly. She is a troubadour and works really hard. I can't think of a song that I don’t like by her.


You & Me by You & Me

This is a duo made up of P!nk and Dallas Green and this is the title track of the album. My husband asked me if we could use this for our wedding dance because he loved the lyrics. They are truly beautiful. He made me cry when he asked that question and I cry when I hear it now.


Alcohol by Brad Paisley

The first thing that came to mind when I read this was Brad Paisley. Brad Paisley is a great country singer and I found him by accident. He wrote another song called Online which also makes me smile. His songs are extremely well written, I haven’t managed to get through many of his albums yet but they are on my list.

Want to work out

Not found one yet, do you have any that you can suggest? Hehe.


After All, I Forgive You - Brandi Carlile

I only found Brandi Carlile in the last couple of years. I don’t know why I hadn’t heard her before, cannot believe that I have missed her. She is truly brilliant.


Famous Blue Raincoat - Leonard Cohen

I did a Masters degree in songwriting and for one of my assignments I did a 5,000 word essay on Hallelujah. That's an amazing song, but Leonard Cohen has a catalogue of amazing songs. He is another one that I am slowing listening to.

Feel Determined

All I Wanna Do - Sheryl Crow

I love Sheryl Crow and was in the band called The Vending Machine Repairman (I hitched a ride with a vending machine repairman - Every Day is a Winding Road) and I would sing some of her songs. All I Wanna Do seemed like the hardest song of hers to learn, but I managed it and when I have something hard to do I often remind myself of that challenge!


Love Shack - The B-52's

I was trying to think of a the song that I would send me rushing to the dance floor and I think this is probably the one.