Emily Nicole Green’s Soul-Stirring Single, "It's Gonna Be Okay," Offers Hope To The Heartbroken

Blending elements of Americana, folk, and jazz all within the parameters of a traditional pop structure, Emily Nicole Green debuts a powerfully poignant earworm to ease our individual and collective heartache.


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“It’s Gonna Be Okay,” the debut single from singer-songwriter Emily Nicole Green, just dropped on all music streaming platforms on June 8, 2023.

At a time when the world will have us believe that all hope is lost, “It’s Gonna Be Okay,” serves as a beacon of light for the ones who need it and, as Green sings, “the ones still out there on the ledges.” “It’s Gonna Be Okay,” provides listeners with accessible, relatable lyrics that offer understanding and empathy, “No one's fine we're all fraying at the edges,” and “Sometimes, ya’ just need to hear ‘em say, it’s gonna be okay.” These words are then filtered through Green’s soul-stirring vocals. Green explains that her own healing has been inextricably tied with her songwriting. Her words carry an emotional weight that you can hear and feel with your whole body. They echo the pain that accumulates as we attempt to keep up with society’s unwieldy requirements and meet its impossible expectations. Listeners receive her reassurances and her ability to translate emotion with so much nuance and care—through her vocal performance and her writing—proving that she has earned a spot at the table with her peers and in the conversation more broadly. It's also why people from all walks of life will feel like she is talking directly to them no matter what they are going through.

“I think about, "It’s Gonna Be Okay," as a kind of lullaby that we can sing to ourselves and with people we love when things feel too hard, too scary, or too out of control. Adults need lullabies too. We need help managing our emotions. Life asks a lot of us. Sometimes we need to look for lifelines. Music can show up for us on demand, imbue us with resilience, and help us heal. I hope this song can be a salve to the hearts who need it.”
- Emily Nicole Green on her new song, "It's Gonna Be Okay"

The musical composition Green has produced with “It’s Gonna Be Okay,” is sophisticated and warm. It serves to elevate and support the vocal as upright bass, pedal steel, cello, keys, and acoustic guitar buoy Green’s words as she pours herself into them. Exhibiting a mastery of technique, Green effortlessly transitions between chest and head voice with a skillful use of vibrato that enhances the emotional impact. Evoking a deep, lived-in earnestness, Green draws comparisons to Amy Winehouse, Brandi Carlile, Bonnie Raitt, and Ani DiFranco for her distinct vocal style that is both empowering and comforting all in the same breath. Collaborating with powerhouse musicians Matt McDaniel on pedal steel and Barry Bales on upright bass, the subtlety of the instrumentation lays the foundation for Green’s heart-string-pulling performance.

“It’s Gonna Be Okay” is the debut track for Emily Nicole Green’s forthcoming EP, Outrunning The Animal, anticipated to be released in October of this year.


NYC-based singer-songwriter, Emily Nicole Green shines a light into the depths of her own emotional interiority with her lyrics and her sound. Her vulnerable writing, powerful vocal, and skillful vibrato work together to offer listeners immediate emotional resonance and stirring storytelling that stay with them long after her songs end.

Green has been writing and performing her original songs since she was a freshman in high school. At 17, she began dealing with debilitating anxiety and panic that stopped her from pursuing her dreams for nearly two decades. In 2019, she decided it was now or never and began pouring herself into her music. She posted cover songs on Patreon and a year later landed her first TV spot with a cover of “Greasy Frybread” played over the credits of Season 1, Ep. 4 of FX’s Reservation Dogs.

Green’s songwriting is where she gives herself permission to tell herself the truth, processing her emotions and not judging what they have to say, letting the songs be told by the parts of her that still ache. On what guides her writing, Emily says, “At the altar of the ache, you’ll find the light below the wound.”

Emily Nicole Green’s debut EP, “Outrunning The Animal,” which mixes Americana with indie-folk, pop, jazz, blues, and country, is anticipated to be released in October of this year.

June 17, 2023 4:27am ET by PressedFresh Collective  

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