LEXINGTON, Ky. (12/6/13) — Sometimes you meet musicians that have so much soul and passion that you can hear it in every song that they play. Casey Emberton and Josh Morris have proven this every time they walk onto a stage.
“That feeling you get when you listen to a song and it takes you wherever you want to go, that’s what inspires me,” said Emberton, the vocals of the two man band. “Our goal is to inspire everyone who listens to us.”
Born and raised in Owensboro, Ky., the two didn’t meet until they began working at Texas Roadhouse in Lexington seven years ago.
“It was like love at first sight,” said Morris laughing. “We had talked about getting together and playing music but it didn’t become a reality until about a year and a half ago.”
Morris picked up his first guitar at a young age but didn’t start playing music until he was 19 years old. Emberton had sang previously in choirs and various churches in western Kentucky, but when the two met they immediately had one major thing in common — their love for music.
“It was like a string of fate,” said Emberton.
It’s been a crazy year and a half for the two, and every bit of it has inspired their music. Currently writing songs in their free time, they hope to have a few songs of their own at the beginning of the year to start performing.
“We want to write, we want to perform and we want to be part of what is going on,” said Emberton. “It’s like 1993 all over again, every kind of music is acceptable. Might as well just go for it, I’m not afraid.”
Their music has been categorized as “Country R&B” but the two say it’s not country at all.
“We aren’t country, we just have a little bit of an accent,” said Emberton.
According to Morris, he believes they have enough soul to go to the “moon and back,” but their plan is to take it as it comes and enjoy every minute of it.
“We are going to write 10 songs of our own in the next year and push them hard,” said Emberton. “Whatever happens, happens.”
Both Emberton and Morris can agree that their favorite part about music is how it makes someone feel at a particular time in a night.
“I love looking out and seeing everyone have a great time. You can play different songs and depending on what time it is during the night you see it hit them. You can tell it reminds them of something and takes them back,” said Morris. “We might play a slow love song and see two random people hit it off. It feels good because we are like, 'We just did that. They might fall in love. They might get married.'”
Every Monday night they take the stage at O’Neill’s and play at a number of places in Lexington on the weekends. While playing at bars is something they enjoy, the duo has one place they would love to play in the future.
“If we could play anywhere, just one time, just to do it, I’d go back to Owensboro and play at Rogers Stadium just so we could have all of our friends and family see what we are doing,” said Morris.
As this year comes to an end and their next chapter begins, they have high hopes to reach out to every music lover and show them what to have “soul” really means.
“I wouldn’t have this desire in me if it wasn’t in some shape or form what I want to be doing, even if we fall on our face. At least we tried and did it…you miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take,” said Emberton.
“We have a ton of charisma when we play. It becomes personalized, we interact with the crowd, and we have a lot of personality,” said Morris. “I think that goes a long way.”
Upcoming shows of ‘Nilla Soul will be posted on their Facebook page. Check them out live at O’Neill’s every Monday night and stay tuned for their very own music to be released next year. This is only the beginning, so hop aboard the soul train.
“We don’t just play music. We throw a party every time we play,” said Emberton, “and well, we are trying to keep this party going.”
SurfKy News Reporter
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