Emily Hearn, from Athens, Ga.
(Photo Courtesy of Emily Hearn)
Brian Mansfield, Special for USA TODAY
Athens, Ga., singer-songwriter Emily Hearn pleads with a friend not to abandon their relationship in Cutting Ties, a song that appears on her new EP Promises, released earlier this month.
The poignant song's stripped-down performance video, premiering at USA TODAY, features the Georgia native and husband Michael Harrison playing guitars and singing together in a field.
"To me life is about the people you meet and the relationships that grow with time - the ones with people that really know you," Hearn, 23, told PopMatters when the site streamed the Promises EP. "It's so heartbreaking to me when those people go through personal tragedies. I've seen several friends go through things that make them hurt so badly that they don't know how to cope with it except to cut ties with anyone who might remind them of it.
"But I think there's a healing quality to processing that pain with someone who knows you and loves you rather than running away from it. Even though I wish everyone could avoid pain altogether, I do think that those lows can build character and ultimately become building blocks that make up a better version of yourself in 10 years."
Hearn draws influence from acts ranging from Avril Lavigne and Brandi Carlile to the Dixie Chicks and the Judds. Promises, produced by Chad Copelin, is Hearn's third release, She released her debut EP, Paper Heart, in 2010 and a full-length album, Red Balloon in 2012. The current single from the new EP is the spritely Gotta Have Him, a very different kind of song from Cutting Ties.
Hearn is currently playing shows with Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors. She'll appear Thursday at The Southern in Charlottesville, Va., and at The Music Farm in Charleston, S.C., on Friday.