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Emma Pears

Biography

Emma has been writing and performing since she was a little girl. Growing up in a family of seven (5 girls!) there was never a dull moment. The soundtrack to family life was Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, Nat King Cole and sounds of The Rat Pack!

The girls all sang together in a close harmony group called ‘The Mob’ and were encouraged to learn two instruments each. Emma chose the trumpet and piano and devoting herself to the latter, she soon established a reputation as an accomplished instrumentalist, winning a scholarship to a local music college.

Also an academic, Emma had a tough call to make when the opportunity to study Law presented itself. She chose instead to follow her passion and began a Music Degree. After graduating from University and a short spell teaching Music Technology, Emma headed for London where she spent a year leading a performing arts group. This was a huge learning curve for Emma, but was also great fun as the group traveled extensively throughout the UK, Canada and Russia.

Confronting the issue of poverty and injustice has always been a driving force for Emma. Soon after returning from Russia, having been awarded a scholarship from Cambridge University, she began an MPhil in educational research, looking into the needs of the homeless population. This was a challenging time as Emma found herself regularly crossing between these vastly contrasting worlds.

Leaving Cambridge Emma chose to get stuck back into music, honing her composition skills and working on her craft as a songwriter, whilst part time teaching to pay the bills!

Emma’s talent and versatility as a composer was soon recognised when she was a Category Winner and Runner-up in the UK Songwriting Contest.

The event, in association with the Guild of International Songwriters and Composers, the World Music Foundation and the Brit Trust, attracted a lot of interest to Emma’s work including that of music manager Paul Loasby who also looks after Jools Holland and David Gilmour of Pink Floyd.

Loasby did not hesitate to add the exciting young songwriter to his roster of artists.

Emma’s classical grounding, academic background and vast musical experience have undoubtedly helped her to be able to compose across a wide range of genres, including Pop, Rock, R’n’B, Soul, Jazz and more recently branching out into music for TV and commercials.

Over the past year, Emma has teamed up with the wonderfully talented producer Sam Jones (Corinne Bailey Rae, Soweto Kinch, Arctic Monkeys) http://www.samjonesproducer.com/

Together Emma and Sam have been busy working on tracks for ‘Spark’ a new signing for 679 Recordings (Warner) — the label also home to The Streets, Little Boots and Marina and the Diamonds. Upcoming projects include writing for no 1 selling artists in the 19 Entertainment stable as well as projects for BBC TV.