From Sun Studios Memphis to the Humber Street Sesh

Alumni Success

BIMM Brighton alumna, Emma King’s blossoming career has taken her from the UK to Europe to The States and back, gaining five-star reviews and accolades along the way.  

Following her musical background singing and performing at Hull Truck Theatre, Emma won a scholarship supported by Brand New Heavies singer, Carleen Anderson to study in Brighton, which set her off on her musical journey.

After graduating from her Songwriting Degree, Emma toured the UK and Europe before moving to Nashville where she continued to develop her talent for songwriting and performing. During her time in Nashville, she performed at the legendary Bluebird Cafe and in 2014 Emma recorded a demo at the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll, Sun Studios in Memphis, where she even got to use Elvis’ old microphone and Jerry Lee Lewis’s piano! 

Emma’s time in America provided the inspiration behind her self-titled debut album which she describes as a musical journey of her five years spent there, reflecting on people she met and the places she’d been. Tracks including Devil City, All The Other Fools, Baby You Don’t Mean Nothing and Over & Out are all songs inspired by her years in Nashville and Memphis. These melodic, groove-laden contemporary pop songs bring comparisons to Aretha Franklin, Annie Lennox and Fleetwood Mac with their mix of roots, blues and urban chic.

“I feel incredibly fortunate to have studied at BIMM. It gave me the opportunity to learn from the music industry’s finest while playing alongside so many talented musicians and writers. It opened up a whole new world, and I’ve never looked back since!”

Emma recently completed a UK radio station sessions tour and is looking forward to performing at Humber Street Sesh Festival in Hull. 

The festival spawned from a local live music night in 2012 and is a city’s celebration of its creative talent. Emma will join 180 original bands and acts across 12 stages on Hull Marina for the Humber Street Sesh, where 32,000 people are expected to attend. As Emma says:

“I’m a huge fan of Humber Street Sesh. This is a festival that works so hard to support emerging artists in music, art and writing. When so much love and passion goes into an event, you know you’re in for a good weekend! Can’t wait to discover some cool new music!”

Catch Emma and her band on the main stage at Humber Street Sesh Festival this Saturday 6 August at 12.15pm.

POSTED ON: August 4, 2016
  • Brighton, Songwriting