Emmy Russell on Moving on From 'American Idol' With Her New Single

Emmy Russell

Emmy Russell isn’t going to be the next American Idol, but she did make the Top 5 and her time on the singing competition helped her to find the confidence she needed to pursue her music career.

“I feel like you just get more comfortable,” Emmy told a small group of reporters after her American Idol performance. “I’m starting to become the girl that I am in my bedroom singing. [The judges] start literally like your friends, so you already come in feeling accepted. I think that’s my thing, is I am loved and accepted, and I walk on the stage feeling loved and accepted. I think I’m starting to feel that, so more confidence.”

Step one after America Idol for Emmy begins today with the release of an original single, “Redemption.”

“I wrote 'Redemption' because I process life through music and this song is what came out of a painful breakup,” Russell says. “There was a time when I placed all my value in someone else's hands. But eventually, I had to realize I was constantly being tossed between 'I love you' and 'I don't love you.’ I wrote this song with Lauren McLamb & Rob Sewell.”

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Credit: Easton Schirra

Listen to “Redemption” here.

“This song represents my decision to no longer be the person you come back to when it’s convenient. In my telling him, “It’s over,” I found my redemption in being alone and admitting to myself, ‘I don’t deserve this,’ which led me to a door I’d been craving to open… I finally realized my worth by looking to God, then letting the truth that ‘I am loved,’ sink in. Now I know, no guy, nor anyone else, can take that away from me. I am loved and now, that’s my redemption.”

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Emmy will be returning to American Idol for the May 19 finale, but on being voted out she talked a little bit about her experience on the singing competition.

"It's like a marathon," she said in a group interview. "You get off the marathon and I just let out a little cry and I was just like, 'Oh, it's over. It's a high.' So, you get to come off the high and then there is that kind of emotional-ness that comes to that too."

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Emmy Russell

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The 25-year-old Nashville native is a descendant of music royalty as the granddaughter of the late country legend Loretta Lynn. She became a fan-favorite on American Idol following the viral audition performance of her self-penned song “skinny.”

American Idol returns for the finale on Sunday, May 19 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on ABC when the Top 3 will take the Idol stage for their final performances and then the winner of Season 7 on ABC will be revealed.

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