Em Rossi - No Longer The Same
My name is Em Rossi. I am a 20 year old singer-songwriter now based in Los Angeles. I grew up in a small country town called Petaluma. Sunday mornings were awakened by the tickiling of my dad’s fingers on his guitar, afternoons had the radio blaring to the Summer poolside activities, and the night was left to family dinners watching Travel Channel, sharing stories, and laughs. I had a classic childhood that was full of a craving for learning and understanding the world around us. My passion for music spawned from all of those memories. I am incredibly grateful to have had so many of them.
The greatest lesson I have learned so far is the importance of inner strength, the people you surround yourself with, and having the inner confidence to push yourself pass your limits. All of these points were put to the test for me when I was 15.
On a standard Wednesday afternoon, my family could never have expected our lives about to be turned upside down. The day felt stagnant…you could feel something in the air. My usual walk home from school was interrupted with rising panic as I noticed I was being followed by police. I stayed at my pace and turned onto my street. I was met with cops cars, an ambulance, and a firetruck outside my house. A cop was waiting for me outside and as I was ushered towards the gate to our front yard, I looked over at our driveway and noticed my dad’s parked truck. Whatever that signal in my brain was it came in an instance. Something had happened to my dad.
My dad was born with a rare heart defect that lead him to have major open heart surgery when I was 8 years old. After years of watching him recover, get stronger, and finally looking like everything would be okay, he was gone. I was 15 years old.
Everyone deals with death in different ways. I’ve watched family, friends, and myself go through it and it’s safe to say I’ve seen it all. It’s definitely a harsh reality check. It’s honestly indescribable. Only those who have gone through the same thing could even begin to understand the shock and sadness.
You are usually left with these general options: try to run away from it, give up, or find a way to live with it. I immediately went into figuring out how to understand my emotions and learn how to move forward from it. I poured everything into writing and singing. I wanted to feel happiness again and I found that in music. Now there was no doubt in my mind that I had to pursue my dream of a music career.
I strive to transcend the loss of my dad. I used my heartbreak as a way to find strength and the people and things that really mean something to me in my life. I released my latest single “No Longer The Same”, which was the deep breath of fresh air that I hadn’t taken for four years after my dad died. I don’t want to solely be labeled as the girl who faced a tragic loss, but I do know that sharing my story can help others reflect and find new discoveries. Music became my core and no matter what happens or where it takes me, I am proud to say that I nor my family chose to close the doors and hide from the world.
There are things left with no rhyme or reason and there’s an endless sea of unknowns. All we can do is keep pushing forward and enjoy the ride life takes us on.