#BehindTheBangers is a series spotlighting songwriters and producers.
Singer-songwriter Emily Warren—who recently earned a coveted spot on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for music industry folks alongside Cardi B, Khalid, SZA, Joe Jonas, Bebe Rexha and Young Thug—wrote her first song when she was 11 years old.
"I had taken piano lessons from other teachers and felt like they all wanted to teach Bach and Beethoven, but Jen Bloom was the first teacher who was trying to teach me and my brothers songs that we were actually listening to," Warren, now 26, told ONE37pm on a phone call from Portugal where she was working. "At the end of every lesson, she played a song that she had written, and I remember it clicking for me. I was in fifth grade, and that night I wrote my first song. Songwriting was my outlet, my diary, for everything. I had a lot of emotions, and it was the only way to release it all."
Since that fateful day, she has graduated from NYU Tisch's Clive Davis Institute and soared onto the charts for hits she’s written for herself and co-written for other artists such as The Chainsmokers, Dua Lipa, Shawn Mendes, Charli XCX, Sean Paul, Jessie J, Noah Cyrus and Fifth Harmony. She made her first appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2016 with the catchy breakup song “Capsize” with electropop duo Frenship. Her work on The Chainsmokers and Daya's banger "Don't Let Me Down" won a Grammy for Best Dance Recording in 2017. And co-penning Dua Lipa’s global hit “New Rules” just landed her a nomination for Spotify's Secret Genius Awards, a new awards show honoring songwriters, producers and engineers.
Ahead of the Oct. 5 release of her first studio album Quiet Your Mind, she is climbing the charts with her latest Chainsmokers collaboration, “Side Effects,” which peaked at No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales chart and No. 66 on the Hot 100.