Born: December 23, 1990 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Having already shared the stage with the likes of Dame Cleo Laine, the late Sir John Dankworth and with a 2010 nomination for ‘jazz vocalist of the year’ alongside Norma Winstone and Christine Tobin, 21 year old Emma Smith is already an accomplished jazz singer.
At age 14 she had her first taste of big band singing with the Glenn Miller outfit 'The String of Pearls Orchestra'. She began to tour frequently with the band and received practical training in being a jazz musician. Having come from a family of musicians and composers, Emma decided to follow in her father’s footsteps and join the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. At only 15 she was made NYJO’s female vocalist and vocal coach; a chair sponsored by Cleo Laine and the Wavendon Foundation....
All the basics, true intonation, crystal-clear diction, an alert sense of phrasing and line, can be absolutely taken for granted in what she does, which is of purest quality..... A singer-composer of very great promise Sebastian Scotney, LondonJazz
Smith's vocal has a perfect mix of technique and emotional engagement... Smith comes across as a confident and mature artist and composer, a precocious talent who has produced an exceptional debut album. Bruce Lindsay, AllAboutJazz.com