• An Excellent Debut Album
    – BBC Radio Bristol
  • AWESOME!!!! Style and lot's of Soul!!!
    – Candid Jazz
  • Emma has Great Jazz feel and timing.
    – Tony Roberts
  • Emma brings a vitality and rawness to her material. Her bluesy, gospel style has won her an avid audience.
    – The Fat Cat Jazz Club
  • Emma deserves her recognition as one of the leading Jazz singers in the South West
    – Sarah McConnaughie
  • Jazz isn't dead, long live songs sung beautifully.
    – Derby Jazz
  • An excellent vocal performance, It was a revelation when Emma sang.
    – Venue Magazine
  • With a voice like that, we hope Emma will be on the scene for a very long time to come.
    – Radio Frome FM
  • A superb Voice
    – Tina May
  • Emma has a powerful and distinctive voice.
    – Al Morrison

Biography

Early Life

Emma started singing at the tender age of five, brought up in a tiny village in Wales where singing in chapel and local performances were the bedrock of the village culture. At seventeen she embarked on a lifelong love affair with Jazz. This saw the beginning of a six year stint with the jazz quartet 'Eyebrow Music'.

Blues Express

In 1996 Emma moved to the West Country and spent 3 years gigging with 'Blues Express', a five piece Delta/Chicago style Blues band. Her warm husky voice perfectly fitted the genre and it was during this time that she developed the Bluesy Gospel edged style that she is well known for now.

Jazz Cafe

In 2001 Emma began singing as a guest at the 'Nunney Jazz Cafe' starting with 'Ghost Dance' performing alongside Brazilian Bluesman Alamo Leal. She went on to perform with ex James Brown saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis for the 'Gospel Cafe' doing tracks from Pee Wee's Gospel album 'Ridin Mighty High'. Pee Wee's soulful tenor playing is featured on 'LoveLife', Emma's debut album.

Other incarnations of Nunney Jazz saw Emma singing for the 'Tango Cafe' with accordionist Karen Street, saxophonist Mike Mower and the 'Paris Cafe' with bassist Dave Griffiths and trumpeter Pete Judge.

Naked Voices

In 2003 Emma joined 'Naked Voices', a 17 piece accapella group who were favourites at the Edinburgh and Prague Fringe Festivals with sell out gigs every year.

 

In 2007 Emma recorded her debut album 'LoveLife' recording 'Funny Valentine' and 'How Deep is The Ocean' with Pee Wee Ellis. It was an eclectic mix with covers of Etta James' 'A Sunday Kind of Love', Bill Withers' 'Can we Pretend', Womack and Womack's 'Conscious' and Richard Thompson's 'Dimming of The Day' as well as original songs by Emma such as 'Nell's Song'

 

Gigs

She has sung with MOBO nominee Natalie Williams and Pianist Joe Stilgoe at Babington House, With Trumpeter Steve Waterman and Vibraphonist Anthony Kerr at Pizza Express, Dean Street and the John Law Trio with Russian virtuouso Bassist Yuri Goloubev and Israeli Drummer Asaf Sirkis.

Teaching

Emma has worked as a vocal coach for theatre productions and led workshops in Vocal Improvisation. She is a member of The Natural Voice Teachers Association and led natural voice choirs and workshops for many years specialising in Gospel and World Music.  She trained at Goldsmiths University of London as a Community Music Leader.

Session Work

Emma's voice featured on the soundtrack of the film "Tempesta" composed by Richard Mitchell. The Cult movie set in Venice stars Rutger Hauer and was directed by Tim Disney.

Her vocals can be heard on O's album,'OCD' with Howard Vause and Paul Leonard. Watch the animated video of 'The Driver', one of the cool tracks from the album.

Accolades

Emma won the 'Pure Solo Jazz Vocalist Competition' in 2011.