From her work waiting tables to her time traveling abroad, to watching her impatient younger family members come of age, Emily Hackett's songwriting draws from a full spectrum of experiences. On her bright new EP, By the Sun, the singer-songwriter uses her very real life to inspire rich storytelling and charismatic melodies, delivered beautifully in the project's five songs.

Hackett shows her diversity as a songwriter and singer with By the Sun, which dropped on Friday (Sept. 21), moving from the pop-infused and fun-filled "Nostalgia" to the Celtic-folk-driven "Yours" and the rock 'n' roll gospel of "Good Intentions." One of The Boot's 2018 Artists to Watch, Hackett has been on tour with some of Nashville's biggest names, and fans should expect to see more of her in the future.

Flip through the photo gallery to learn, track by track, the stories behind the songs on Hackett's By the Sun EP.  For upcoming tour stops or to download By the Sun, check out Hackett's official website.