Emily Stonier is a very interesting person, and there is a lot more to her than meets the eye. Emily loves music, hanging with friends and family, and just enjoying life. I figured one of the easiest ways for you to get to know her was through a question and answer form. The first question I asked her was, “What memories do you have from your childhood?”
Here was her answer;
A lot of my memories from childhood revolve around my family farm. I always loved going there and playing with the animals and enjoying being outside. I also have a lot of great memories going to church camps. My mom used to nanny one of my best friends and we used to make the best memories and do the craziest things.
Q: What has been the most dramatic moment of your life?
A: I’m not sure what the most dramatic would be, but one of the more dramatic moments was the day I moved into Trinity. It was so crazy to be in a place where I didn’t know anyone for the first time.
Q: What is one of the best/most meaningful things someone has ever done for you?
A: I love when people buy thoughtful gifts for me – the kind where you can tell they were thinking of you. My friend had his friend paint a picture of my favorite worship lyrics and that meant so much to me.
Q: If you were going to die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?
A: I would spend it with the people I love. I would have a big party and I would tell everyone just exactly how much they mean to me.
Q: What motivates you?
A: I want to impact people lives. I want to write music that changes their views on the world. What motivates me is the idea of causing someone to be impacted by music in the way that I have been impacted. I am always motivated by the idea of changing someone’s life.
Q: What motto or song describes your life?
A: I’ve always loved the mark twain quote “sail away from the safe harbor.” I’m someone who easily gets stuck in a comfort zone, and this quote reminds me that I’m never going to be satisfied until I break out of this. In fact – this is something I’ve been working on a lot recently, coming to a school where I don’t know anyone. This year has been completely outside of my comfort zone, and it’s been so great because of it.
Q: What is your greatest weakness?
A: My greatest weakness is second guessing myself. I often don’t allow myself to go outside of my comfort zone because I am too afraid. I have to constantly be reminded that God is in control, and I can put my trust in Him
Q: How do you want to be known/remembered?
A: I just want the music that I write to be remembered. I don’t care about my name, or me. I want people to be impacted by the music that I write and I want them to pass that on to their kids and their kid’s kids.
Q: Tell me a funny story from your childhood.
A:One time my best childhood friend (the one that my mom nannied) and I were convinced we were going to build a house and live in it – completely out of Legos. So we were trying to figure out different things for it such as beds and food and, of course, a bathroom. So we decided we would use the Lego bucket as our toilet. We both proceeded to pee in the Lego bucket, since it was our “new toilet.” Mom was not too happy when she found a bucket full of pee.
Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: I’ve known since August 13, 2011. On that day, when I was fourteen, I went to a Selena Gomez concert (lol) and I’ll never forget that day. As I stood there at the concert, a song played and for the first time – something actually explained how I felt. I remember feeling so completely amazed that a song can describe something and connect people in a way that nothing else can. I, as the crier that I am, had tears streaming down my face, and when I turned to my friend she did too. This was so crazy to me. Our stories were so completely different, but this one song was impacting both of us in such a crazy way. When I grow up, I want to write a song that causes someone else to have this experience. I want to change someone’s life – to make them feel like I felt that day.
Q: Tell me something about yourself that no one else knows.
A: Man, I don’t know. I’m an open book. More questions can be asked of her and sent here.
Q: If you could have a meal with one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
A: To be honest, I’d probably just choose one of my best friends. I don’t have a huge desire to meet people that are famous, I’d rather spend my time with the people I care about. I’d pick Bree, Abigail, Matt, Madison or Miranda. Any one of them. Especially since we all live so far away nowadays.
Q: Tell me about your family.
A: I’m an only child. I wish I had siblings, but it’s not something you can change. My parents are very typical. My dad’s the classic dad. He can fix anything – broken dresser handles, the breaks on my car, anything. One day my dad decided to build a motorcycle, and then he did. My dad’s family has a farm that’s been in our family since my great, great, great, great, grandparents came over from England, and we still go there all the time now that my Uncle owns it. I’ve always loved going shooting with my dad, or playing in the creek with the dogs, or driving through the timber in the pickup truck with my uncles. My dad was gone a lot growing up, since he’s a truck driver. For a year he worked in Alabama so he’d leave on Monday and get back on Friday every week. Now he’s a dispatcher, so he tells the trucks where to go, and he’s home every single day. My mom’s a nurse, and there isn’t a more typical mom career than that. She’s great though. I work with her, since I’m a nurse’s aid. Most of our talk revolves around our residents and how much we love um. She’s always been good at doing all of the “girl” things with me. She took me to start getting my hair dyed when I was in eighth grade, to pick out makeup when I got in high school, and she’s always been willing to drive me the two hour drive to Chicago to get the clothes that I like.
Q: What makes you happy?
A: Nothing makes me happier than being with people I love. I’ve had more fun being with people I like being around, and doing absolutely nothing, than I have had being with people I don’t care about, and being in some of the most fun places in the world. I feel the most happy after I’ve simply spent the day with my best friends. I also get really happy when the weather’s nice, when I’m wearing dresses, when I drink leaves n beans coffee, and when I get to perform.
I hope that this has helped you get to know Emily better. I would encourage you if something stood out to you or if you have any more question, ask! Emily has wisdom beyond her years that she can share and would love to bless you with.