She credits her grandfather – who taught her to play guitar at a young age – and growing up in a household that listened to a wide range of musical genres (from tango to pop) for fueling her passion for music. . But even then she took a different path. After high school, she pursued a career in literature, although she soon realized that it was not for her so she began to seriously think about getting into music. “I wanted a job in music, whatever it was. I just knew I wanted to be surrounded by it.”
Her first big break came when a producer discovered her covers on Instagram. âHe invited me to join this band called Rombai and that’s what I did, and it was my first job in the industry. Everything was new, I was going on tour, people were asking for pictures in the street. It was a new world for me. “
A world she would stay in, then branched out as a solo artist after a two-year stint with the cumbia-pop group Rombai from 2016 to 2018. Soon after, she moved to Miami with the money. that she had saved her time with the band to record music that reached her current manager, Walter Kolm, and Sony Music Latin – with whom she signed management and recording agreements, respectively, in 2019.
âIt was an incredible and magnificent moment in my career, because these two powers were betting on me and my project,â she says. “I mean, Walter is a famous manager and a great businessman, so for him wanting to be my manager and being the only woman on his list was really special.”
While she has yet to release her debut album, Emilia has released a handful of urban-leaning singles in collaboration with artists such as Panamanian reggaetonero Boza (“Perreito Salvaje”), Puerto Rican rapper Darell (“No Soy Yo “), R&B singer Alex Rose (” BendiciÃ³n “) and Argentinian rapper Duki (” Como Si No Importara “). In August, the Duki-assisted track marked Emilia her first entry on the Billboard Global Excl. American map. She has already placed five songs on the Billboard Argentina Hot 100.
âI love the way we embraced collaborations because they are really magical when it comes to getting you known in places you thought you could never reach. For example, when I collaborated with Boza , a lot of people didn’t know me in Panama, but they did after we sang together. And the same thing happened when he got new recognition in Argentina. “