FolkWorld #78 07/2022
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British Blues Siren

Emma Wilson's New Studio Album 'Wish Her Well' Out NOW!

Emma Wilson

“Emma can growl like Koko, testify like Aretha, rock like Janis, be as souful as Stax - but she's always her own woman - 4 Stars" R n R Magazine

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When Emma Wilson burst onto the British blues scene, she took the UK by storm with her vibrant and visceral live performances. Her two 2020 EPs respectively reached No. 1 & No. 2 in the UK Independent Blues Broadcasters 'Top 40 Most played' charts. Emma was nominated in the UK Blues Awards 2021 “Emerging Artist of the Year” category and has been nominated again in 2022. Emma's new release “Wish Her Well” is her much anticipated studio album. The album is currently No. 3 in the IBBA Top 40 and has spent six weeks in the Hit Top Tracks 100 chart.

The album is 10 original songs dealing with love, death, lust, rejection, empowerment and simple painful heartbreak. The music on the record spans Blues, Northern Soul, Rock & Gospel. Emma's influences include Ann Peebles, Aretha, Mavis Staples, Little Feat, Robert Cray. However, this is Emma's own record, referencing her influences brilliantly while maintaining her own unique sound. Emma achieved this by bringing together some of the UKs most elite musicians, including drummer Mat Hector (Iggy Pop), bassist Mark Neary (Noel Gallagher), and guitarist Adam Chetwood (Mark Ronson, Imelda May).

Emma Wilson

Emma Wilson "Wish Her Well", Own label, 2022

The album was recorded live, true to tradition, creating a rich beautiful band feel with Emma's truly sensational voice being the main feature.

Introducing Emma Wilson

Hailing from Teesside in the North of England, Emma Wilson with her fabulously dynamic voice moves effortlessly between heart-wrenching sweet soul licks & raw, real, powerful blues. Emma's unique, tender vocals & gorgeous tone lend themselves beautifully to recordings with shades of early Aretha Franklin & hints of another of Emma's all time favourites Ann Peebles. Live Emma Wilson Shows are vibrant & visceral delivered with true passion, heart & soul with Emma giving all of herself to her audience. Having performed with her band in blues bars and at festivals across the UK including the Ealing Blues Festival, The Crawdaddy Club Richmond, The legendary Ealing Club, Howzat Blues Festival & many of the wonderful blues & soul nights around the country it is fair to say that Emma has certainly paid her blues dues.

As a result of her incredible talent, dynamic performances, on and off stage presence, deeply personal connection to her fans, Dj's, photographers & promoters; as well as her involvement in all aspects of the blues & soul scene Emma's following has grown exponentially. All of this combined has also ensured her a well earned place amongst the best of the British blues and soul scene and has earned her dozens of radio interviews, worldwide radio play, awards, accolades, excellent press & fabulous reviews.

Emma is also a well loved guest singer which in October 2016 saw her join an incredible line up of artists at the 'An Evening For Jack' tribute concert for Jack Bruce, Shepherds Bush Empire. The supergroup also included Bernie Marsden, Terry Reid, Mick Taylor, Steve Hackett, Dennis Chambers and many more incredible artists.

With such a rich tapestry of experience and talent you can be sure that Emma Wilson has hit her glorious stride and with her new release 'Wish Her Well' receiving rave reviews from industry professionals, magazines & radio DJ's you can be sure there is plenty more Emma to come!

Photo Credits: (1)-(2) Emma Wilson (unknown/website).

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