“Brilliant new British jazz” JazzFM
“Blew my mind” Gilles Peterson, BBC 6 Music
“Refreshingly natural” **** The Independent
Emily is a jazz vocalist with a unique, honest tone, a spirited bandleader and innovative composer with a refreshingly original approach to the jazz idiom. Described by Jacqui Dankworth as “an amazing singer…one of the young up and coming singers to watch”, Emily is now making a big impression on the UK jazz scene.
As co-leader of contemporary jazz quintet Moonlight Saving Time, Emily has performed live for BBC Radio 3 and BBC 6 Music. Gilles Peterson said the music “blew my mind” and hand picked the band from BBC Introducing to perform on his show. Following the success of their debut EP Moonlight Saving Time released their debut album produced by Ben Lamdin and featuring Jason Yarde in October 2015 receiving four stars in The Independent. The band also received the Emerging Excellence award from Help Musicians and ‘Best Newcomer’ award at Marlborough Jazz Festival.
In addition to Moonlight Saving Time Emily sings alongside saxophonist Jake McMurchie (Get The Blessing) in their trio Kaleidoscope, and fronts popular 1940s swing quartet ‘The Royals’. She also sings in Kevin Figes Octet who are set to release a new album in 2016.
In recent years Emily’s performances have included The 606 Club, Pizza Express and St Georges Bristol, and festivals throughout the UK including Manchester, Brecon, Oxford, Glastonbury and Cheltenham. She has been featured in The Telegraph alongside Alice Russell as well as Venue Magazine and British Airways Highlife magazine.
With a strong background in classical music, she is influenced as much by Benjamin Britten as by Ambrose Akinmusire, while her formative years growing up in Bristol developed her love of trip-hop and drum and bass. Drawing on these diverse influences in her choice of repertoire and compositional style, Emily is a refreshingly original performer.
Emily has a BMus from Cardiff University and a PGDip in jazz performance from The Royal Welsh College of Music And Drama where she studied with Keith Tippett, Huw Warren, Iain Ballamy and Nia Lynn.
Alongside music, Emily works as a professional life coach after training with the acclaimed Coaches Training Institute (CTI).
“The vocals slip effortlessly around the music, adding their own texture and instrumental presence…It’s rarely less than fascinating, not least for the sheer courage of such minimalism, and always satisfyingly contemporary jazz music.” (Tony Benjamin)