“Blew my mind” Gilles Peterson, BBC 6 Music
“Emily has a beautiful voice, strong and clear with just an undertone of breathiness, and very accurate on the tricky intervals of tunes like Black Narcissus and Corea’s Morning Sprite”.
Alison Bentley, London Jazz.
Oxford Jazz Festival
Emily studied jazz at The Royal Welsh College of Music And Drama, with Keith Tippett, Huw Warren and Nia Lynn. Since then she has fast become a sought after jazz vocalist, featured in The Telegraph and described by Jacqui Dankworth as “Raw and unique”. Drawing influence from her classical and folk background Emily’s unique choice of repertoire and original composition make her a refreshingly individual performer. Influences range from Benjamin Britten to Lionel Loueke and Massive Attack.
Performances have included sell-out concerts at Pizza Express Jazz Club, Dean Street, Manchester, Brecon, Oxford, Bristol and Cheltenham jazz festivals as well as Glastonbury Festival, and venues across the UK including Colston Hall and St Georges Bristol, where she performed alongside Russian violinist Viktoria Mullova.
“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)