ROOTS is excited to introduce our newest voice and piano mentor, Emmoe Doniz.

Emmoe Doniz (voicepiano) finally comes home to Nashville to join the ROOTS team as its newest mentor.

Emmoe began singing at age 13, leading worship at 16, and after joining the band D. Clea, discovered a passion for teaching music. A graduate of Visible Music College (where she majored in Modern Music Ministry), Emmoe has worked as a voice and piano instructor, band director and worship leader.

In addition to recording an album with D. Clea, a highlight of Emmoe’s career was performing with the band at Icthus Festival in 2015. “It was one of those ‘hard work pays off’ moments,” she says.

But it’s mentoring kids in music that really excites Emmoe. She is an encourager who wants to help students find their confidence in music, even if it means seeing a new way of doing things.

“I have been incredibly blessed with people who have dreamed for me and walked with me when I have given up,” says Emmoe, and she wants to do the same for her ROOTS students.

“I enjoy helping others move forward in their vision and teaching gives me an opportunity to do that.”

Q&A with Emmoe

What’s your favorite local spot to spend time at when you’re not working?
Any donut shop. There is nothing a sprinkled donut can’t fix.

What is your favorite down-time activity to reduce stress?
I like to Bullet Journal. It’s slow paced and productive at the same time, which eases my stress.

Give us an idea of your sense of humor. Is there a Youtube video that really made you “laugh out loud”?
I don’t have a video but I have heard from more than one person that I remind them of every character from Parks and Rec. I think that’s a good thing?

What type of music did you grow up listening to? Is it the same now? What changed?
Lauryn Hill’s Unplugged album was the very first style of music I connected with. My music genre changes every day, but I always come back to R&B/Soul and anything 80s.

If you could meet one author, performer who would it be and what would you ask them?
There are many, but Otis Redding would be someone I would love to have met. I don’t think I would ask him anything other than to sing “That’s How Strong My Love Is.” It gets me every time.

What is your favorite Bible verse and how does it speak to you?
Habakkuk 2:3 is currently my favorite. “For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.” I have been in a long season of trusting that God remembers His promises over me, that I have heard Him, and that He hears me.


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