In The Beginning I come from a musical family and was brought up on a combination of Reggae and Mowtown. I started singing at the tender age of five when I went to primary school in North Wales. My headmaster noticed in assembly that I could sing in tune and from there on I was encouraged to do solo's in church and school concerts. At seventeen years old I was invited to sing in a reggae band with my Mum (who has a great voice) and Dad on guitar. I had a lot of fun singing harmonies but the band didn't last long. Eyebrow Music Six months later the Sax player from the reggae band, David Gunn came round to my house and said 'You have a great voice, would you like to sing in a Jazz band?' I said 'I would love to but I don't know a thing about Jazz or a single Jazz song. Dave came round every week for months and taught me loads of Standards until one day he announced I was ready to do a gig with the band (whom I had never met, that's Jazz for you) the next week. I turned up, thought I was coming down with flu cause I felt so ill from nerves, walked on stage, head swimming and was introduced to the band. As the band played the intro I thought 'I'm never going to get through this', then I opened my mouth, the song came out with a life of it's own, all my nerves dissapeared and that was the beginning of my very long love affair with Jazz. From then I started a six year stint singing with the Jazz outfit 'Eyebrow Music', singing the songs of greats like Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn and Billie Holiday. Blues Express In 1995 Emma moved to the Southwest and went on to explore the Blues spending 3 years gigging with 'Blues Express', a five piece Delta/Chicago style Blues band. Here her warm husky voice was often compared to that of Bonnie Raitt and on a long night, Janis Joplin. It was during this Blues phase that she developed the Bluesy Gospel style that she is well known for now. Nunney Jazz Cafe In May 2001 Emma began singing at the a 'Nunney Jazz Cafe' starting with 'Ghost Dance' (an original composition by Keith Harrison-Broninski) performing alongside Brazilian Bluesman Alamo Leal and Kizzy Morrell. Nov 2002 Emma performed with ex James Brown saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis for the 'Nunney 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. Emma also sang for the 'Tango Cafe' with accordionist Karen Street and saxophonist Mike Mower and more recently appeared at the 'Paris Cafe' in July 2005 with bassist Dave Griffiths and trumpeter Pete Judge. Naked Voices 2003 - 2004 she sang with 'Naked Voices' a 17 piece Bristol based accapella group who are a favourite at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with sell out gigs every year for the last 3 years. They perform an astonishingly diverse range of songs, replacing instrumentation with their voices Collaborations Musicians Emma has sung with: * Adrian Smith * Alamo Leal * Anders Olinder * Andy Hague * Andy Nowak * Andy Tween * Asaf Sirkis * Dave Griffiths * Dave King * Howard Vause * John Law * Karen Street * Keith Harrison-Broninski * Mark Ballamy * Mike Peake * Nick Sorensen * Pee Wee Ellis * Pete Judge * Ray Russell * Richard Kennedy * Sam Burgess * Scott Hammond * Steve Hall * Tom Kincaid * Tony Orrell * ..and many more.
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