Tarter Talent: Emma McDonald

Talent: a special natural ability or aptitute.

Tarter Farm and Ranch Equipment was founded in 1945 by C.V. Tarter. C.V. was a very talented man. He moved his family to Dunnville, KY and began manufacturing wooden gates. Using only hand tools, the Tarter’s made 32 wooden gates a week.

Talent is still present in the company today. Tarter employees musicians, artists, athletes, and more. Each are dedicated to their job and passionate about their talent.

Emma has been a member of the Tarter Proud Team since 2016 and a musician since she was a little girl. She started singing hymns at the age of 3 and is now a songwriter and a member of a local band. We met up with Emma and talked about her music.

Emma and her band, Crossing Contown, at a recent performance

How long have you been singing?

From the time I could speak, I have been singing. My love of music started early, singing in church, choirs, and musicals at school. After graduation, I started singing in bands and recorded my first album in 2006. I moved back to Kentucky in 2012 and started singing again, then joined the “Crossing Contown” band in November of 2016.

What is your favorite song to sing?

I have so many favorite songs it is hard to narrow it down to just one. Our band sings a variety of music including Country, 80’s Rock, Alternative, Blues, and original music we have written ourselves. We have a new song coming out on July 4th called, “The Red, White, and Blue.” We are very proud of this song, it is dedicated to anyone who serves our community and our country. It will be performed for the first time at our July 4th show in downtown Liberty, my hometown, at 6:30 pm. We will be performing for one hour on Liberty Square.

Who inspires you?

So many people have encouraged and paved the way for me, it’s hard to single out just one person. I guess it’s the people around me, friends and family, who inspire me to keep going. In our band, we inspire each other to keep going and try new songs.

If you could sing a duet with anyone, who would it be?

My mother or my father. We spent years singing together when I was young. My love and gift of music came from both of them. I grew up watching them sing and witnessed their love of music and it blossomed into my own love for music. It is so much more fun if you can sing with someone!

What got you into music?

I started singing “Jesus Loves Me” in my grandpa’s church every week when I was about three years old. I wrote a Father’s Day song my for my grandfather when I was nine years old and I have been writing, recording, and singing ever since. The Crossing Contown Band has started putting out original music, including some of my music and other members of the band have been inspired to write as well. It is amazing what you can create when you all work together.

What inspired your song?

This song was inspired by how much love you can have for another person and how far you would be willing to go to make it work. The title and phrase “I’m the One Who’s Gonna Love You…’Til the Day I Die” shows that even though relationships can be difficult, you are still able to love someone through it.

For more information on Emma and her band, please visit their Facebook Page: Crossing Contown.

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