County Road 11: A Child of Mississippi

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) -- Meridian is well known for it's music with the likes of Jimmie Rodgers, Paul Davis, Steve Forbert, Hayley Williams, Jimmy Ruffin, and Big K.R.I.T. all hailing from the queen city. One more up and coming local product is hoping to be included among those names one day. She's featured on County Road 11.

Emily White (Photo Source: WTOK-TV)

Emily White comes by her love for music honestly. Her mother Angela was once a part of the Nashville music scene and even signed with a label.

"She was really passionate about old school country," said White. "Raising me on George Jones, Patsy Cline, Merle Haggard, Jimmie Rodgers."

All the old school artists is what I was raised on," said White. "The biggest influences since my voice is kind of lower. I have an alto range. I love Patsy Cline, Tracy Chapman. I do Bonnie Raitt."

Emily is originally from Quitman but spent most of most of her school years in Georgia. A couple of years ago, her family moved back to Meridian, and she quickly made an impact on the local music scene.

"I get asked this question a lot about Meridian. It's like Little Nashville you know," said White. "On every corner, there's so much music. There's so many talented musicians in this small, little town."

What perhaps is most impressive about Emily is that she writes a lot of original material, and she mixes that in with popular songs she covers at her shows.

"When you play to a new audience you want to connect with them, said White. "You want them to know a song that you know."

"They're not going to know your original material, so I call it the sandwich," said White. "You do a cover, an original, another cover, maybe another cover, an original. You've got to sprinkle the covers and originals in there. It's super important to me to write my on things."

Coming up next week in part two of our series, we'll take a look at what might just be in the future for Emily.

Emily is currently working on her first CD, it will be all her music, recorded mostly with local musicians. The album will of course be called, "Child of Mississippi."