On 5 January 2018, Marrone released "L'isola" as the lead single from her fifth solo studio album, Essere qui. A music video for the song was filmed in New York, directed by Lukasz Pruchnik and released on the same day.  The song debuted and peaked at number 7 on the Italian singles chart. It spent two weeks on the chart. Essere qui was released on 26 January 2018.  It peaked at number 2 on the Italian albums chart.  "Effetto domino" was released as the album's second single on 2 March 2018.  The song's music video was directed by Paolo Stella and Alex Grazioli and uploaded to Emma's official YouTube channel on the same day.  "Mi parli piano" was released as the album's third single on 4 May 2018.  On the following day, a music video for the song, directed by Paolo Stella, was uploaded to Emma's official YouTube channel.  The song spent 11 weeks on the Italian singles chart, peaking at number 46, becoming the album's longest charting single. It was certified gold in Italy, for sales exceeding 25,000 copies.  On 16 November 2018, the album was reissued with four new tracks as Essere qui (Boom Edition).  On the week of release, the album re-entered the Italian albums chart at number 3.  The reissue was preceded by the single "Mondiale" on 2 November 2016.  The song spent 3 weeks on the Italian singles chart, peaking at number 7.  A music video for the song was uploaded to Emma's official YouTube channel on 5 November 2018.  In February 2019, Emma embarked on the Essere qui tour in promotion of the album.