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Singer, songwriter and guitarist in production of her first album as she prepares to perform in Newberg

Willamina native Emily Lambert is a budding singer, songwriter, guitar and piano player.SUBMITTED - Emily Lambert is a singer/songwriter, guitar and piano player. She will perform at the Coffee Cottage this Friday.

"I just started performing more regularly just this last year," said the 18-year-old Chemeketa Community College freshman. "I've been playing music forever; I think I got my first guitar when I was 6 years old. My dad loves music and he encouraged me to play and helped me take piano lessons when I was 8 or 9."

Lambert, who will perform at Coffee Cottage on Friday, went through a period when she stopped taking lessons and stopped playing music because of her love for horses. She is working as a horse groomer at a local farm to maintain her passion.

"I focused on horses and in the past few years I started to get back into music again. I started to meet musicians and I thought that it was so cool that they could make a living at it. I've met so many amazing people who are encouraging me to keep going," she said, adding "My songs are emotional and honest. It's hard for me to put my music into a specific genre, since every song is so different, but if I had to I might say folk-rock. My strength is the song writing and poetry. I love poetry and I also enjoy the singing."

She'll perform at Coffee Cottage with brothers Max and Stuart Weston, who play drums, guitar and keyboards.

"They are very talented and they help me with the music side of things," Lambert said. The Westons also play in a band called Brotherbusk.

Lambert is working on an album "Live in Willamina" and so far it is an EP with four songs. You can find the EP online at https://emilylambert.bandcamp.com/releases and download the music for free. She is also working on more songs to add to the collection to make her first album.

On her EP is "Hello," which she characterized as "An original, like a thank you to someone who all they had to do was say hello. That is all that I needed," she said.

Another original on the EP is, "Too Far Gone."

"Most of my songs are about people and most of those people know who they are and I don't usually say who they are about," Lambert said. "It is about someone that I dated and we broke up. He said that he was sorry and I said that you are too far gone." Other songs include, "Tennessee Time" a cover of a song by Valerie June, who has been an inspiration to Lambert.

"What happens in my personal life inspires me to write a song. If I have a bad or good day I will probably write a song about it," she said.

This is Lambert's first time playing at the Coffee Cottage. "I am really excited for the show. I will be playing the songs from the EP and others," she said.

The show starts at 7 p.m. Friday at Coffee Cottage, 808 E. Hancock St. For more information, call 503-538-5126.

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