Emily Hackett

FRESH: ‘Can’t Help Myself’ – Emily Hackett feat. Hardcastle

Emily Hackett teams with Hardcastle for “Can’t Help Myself”

Nashville-based singer-songwriter Emily Hackett releases her gorgeous new single, “Can’t Help Myself” today with Nashville band Hardcastle providing instrumentation and additional vocals to combine into one powerful, foot-tapping, unforgettable uplifting song. Emily tells us of the the song: “It’s a double-edged truth about the difficulty in letting go of the human desire for control and the unavoidable tendency to find yourself going back for more. I know what healthy looks like, and it sure as well isn’t the anxiety I submit myself to when I compare and act out of fear. I know I can’t help myself, but damn… I can’t help myself!”.

“Can’t Help Myself” is a confessionally candid track, co-written with Joseph Patton and produced by Emily’s husband Mikey Reaves, is Emily’s third single release of 2020, and a strong continuation to her new era of Americana/pop crossover music. Debuting in 2014 with “Take My Hand (The Wedding Song)”, Emily has consistently released an army of tunes, that includes three EP’s “The Raw”, “By The Sun” and “By The Moon”, as well as any number of stand alone tracks, most recent of all, “How the Hell/ (Michael’s Song)”, which features the earlier 2020 track, “Handle”.

Growing up outside Atlanta, Emily realised her passion for music as a little girl—thanks largely to her father, a former rock critic, and in sixth grade began writing songs of her own. She moved from there to Belmont University and finally land up in a studio with Parachute’s Will Anderson to record “Take My Hand (The Wedding Song)”, which shot to No.4 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart almost immediately after its release.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!