The first half of the 2010s offered singer-songwriter Emi Meyer few breaks. She released a full-length album every year until 2015, driven both by creative energy and a feeling that she needed to put herself out there.

“That was my fulfillment in life. It was almost a little borderline obsessive,” Meyer, 32, says. Over that period, she released albums of original jazz material, collaborations pushing her closer to mainstream J-pop and covers of standards. She says this rapid approach to putting out music set herself up well for the rest of the decade, and now she’s far more comfortable as an artist.

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