Emma Stevens @ The Louisiana, Bristol, United Kingdom
Sat 3rd June 2017
The Louisiana Bristol
Tickets £10adv from 0117 9299008
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Artist Website www.emmastevensmusic.com
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Sat 3rd June
The Bristol Louisiana
8pm - 11pm
Tickets from 0117 9299008 or online here
By her own admission, “what you see is what you get”with talented British singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and down-to- earth surfer chick Emma Stevens. Life has been something of a whirlwind since embarking on a solo career in 2012; she’s released four EPs, three albums with four consecutively playlisted singles on BBC Radio 2 and an iTunes Single of the Week, toured seven times (including three headline tours), performed at numerous festivals including Hyde Park, CarFest and Country2Country, supported Simply Red, Passenger and Train and has just finished work in the studio on her new album, To My Roots, a collection of songs inspired by the eclectic mix of music she grew up listening to. Everything from James Taylor through Paul Simon to The Dixie Chicks, The Corrs, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley. “I love country music and was lucky enough to spend a month in Nashville recently writing, collaborating and immersing myself in the culture”. Emma’s sound is a fusion of catchy pop melodies and folk instrumentation with country elements. Her voice is emotive, clear and effortless with a touch of country and an audible joyful smile. She says: “My music is all written from my heart and soul to convey beautiful messages based on feelings of loss, happiness, nature, my love for the ocean and my love for people”. With almost three million Spotify plays and over a million video views, the increasing popularity of this uniquely versatile artist (who counts BBC’s Chris Evans and the late Sir Terry Wogan amongst her fans) is undeniable.
Support : A Different Thread
Life has been something of a whirlwind for Emma recently, “Make My Day” was playlisted on BBC Radio 2, she performed live and acoustic on Chris Evans’ Breakfast Show, performed at CarFest (North & South), and released singles “Never Gonna Change”, “Gold Rush”, “So Stop the World” and “The Star That Guides You Home”. Not forgetting taking to the air to perform in an aeroplane, a 12-hour buskathon for Children In Need and a joint headline UK tour with Blair Dunlop.
And there’s no let-up in 2016 either with Emma taking to the seas to support Train, Rachel Platten & Shaggy on the “Sail Across the Sun” cruise to Jamaica, rapidly followed by two performances at this year’s Country to Country Festival at the O2 London.
Having returned from a writing trip to Nashville earlier in 2015, Emma has also been busy writing new material for her third studio album.
Early Life and Career
Emma began her musical journey when she was bought her first guitar at the age of 3, after being enchanted by her Mum’s playing. With Emma always singing and constantly wanting to join in and play too, her parents soon realised music would play a definitive role in her destiny.
She began taking lessons in cello and piano, became a member of the Surrey Youth Orchestra and went on to attend the Academy of Contemporary music studying Guitar and Performance. After graduating from ACM, Emma began playing for artists and bands, including fiN., H- Boogie, and Ronit, this led her to touring worldwide with bands such as The Kooks, Mona, Feeder and Incubus. No stranger to the stage, Emma would often perform at arena style venues with crowds of 20,000 a night!
As well as performing live, Emma was busy writing songs working with established artists and songwriters all over the world, frequently making trips to LA, Nashville and Europe. An early hit was a song called “Wowowow” for Korean boy band SHINee selling 100,000 copies in its first week of release, hitting the number 1 spot.
When Emma lost her Mum to cancer in 2012, she dealt with it in the only way she knew how – through her music and songwriting. The result, Sunflower, is a track that has touched the hearts of countless fans. The song first appeared on the fourth and final EP completing the set released between 2012 and 2013, each with unique and beautiful artwork designed by her Mum. The artwork, when assembled, also formed the cover of her 2013 debut album Enchanted, which reached no.1 on the Amazon Movers and Shakers CD chart and top 5 in the iTunes Singer-Songwriter chart.
A talented multi-instrumentalist, as well as providing the vocals for all the songs, Emma played guitar, banjo, mandolin, piano, cello and ukulele on the album!
BBC Radio 2 have been strong supporters of Emma’s music since first headlining the BBC Introducing Stage at “The Festival in a Day at Hyde Park” playing to an audience of over 40,000, with four consecutive play-listed singles, “A Place Called You”, “Once”, “Riptide” and “Make My Day” and live sessions on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show, The Clare Balding Show and with the late Sir Terry Wogan on Weekend Wogan.
In 2014, Emma embarked on her first national headline tour, performing most of the tracks from Enchanted and the early EPs.
Later that year, her second album, Waves (another collaboration with producer and co-writer, Pete Woodroffe) was released, which she went on to tour in the spring of 2015.
A much extended, deluxe edition of the album with 8 bonus tracks, new artwork and an expanded booklet was released in the summer of 2015.
You can find a full discography of Emma’s releases in the music section of her official website.