Emma Stevens new Album – Light Year – Following on from a clutch of successful teaser singles released over the last six months, Emma Stevens is set to release Light Year, her fourth studio album, on April 30th.
The album is a beautifully eclectic collection of twelve songs in true Stevens style about hope, love, loss and humanity and includes collaborations with Grammy award winner Charlie Midnight (Billy Joel, Cher, Joni Mitchell, James Brown) and Pete Woodroffe (Simply Red, Melanie C, Joe Cook).
The title track, Light Year, has a powerful message about feeling distant and removed – something many of us will relate to after the events the last twelve months – its fragile melody, thought-provoking lyrics and exquisite string arrangement will give you goosebumps!
Meanwhile, Jump In and Forever are two stand out punchy pop tracks with a strong energetic heartbeat – a nod to 80’s synth-pop combined with Stevens’ lustrously pure vocals and trademark ability to write an irresistibly catchy tune.
Another change of pace and another stunning string arrangement hail I Still Miss You – a raw tearjerker of a song Emma wrote about the loss of her Mum and how she continues to miss her even as the years roll on.
In a playful mood, The Cappuccino Song, already a huge hit in China, is another slice of mighty infectious pop which has become a firm favourite with live audiences even before the song has been released here.
Emma says of the new album; “The songs all mean so much to me, I really hope they resonate with the people who hear them. It was such fun to experiment with new styles of production. There are some tearjerkers on this album, but there are also some really high energetic pop tunes. It was great to let my imagination run wild.”
Life has been something of a whirlwind for Emma since embarking on a solo career in 2012 and bursting onto the scene with her distinctively catchy pop melodies, fused with folk instrumentation and a touch of country. The increasing popularity of this uniquely versatile “what you see is what you get” artist is now undeniable, thanks to over three million Spotify plays, and over a million video views on the back of seven EP and three album releases, with four consecutive singles playlisted by BBC Radio 2.
Emma’s voice is emotive, clear, effortless and uplifting.
Her love of music was instilled in her from a very early age: “When I was about two, I used to watch my Mum playing Spanish acoustic guitar and I completely gravitated towards it” says Emma. “I just loved music, my mum said I would come alive when I heard it”. Spotting this early talent, Emma’s parents sent her to cello and piano lessons from the age of six and she later joined the Surrey Youth Orchestra. “I started fantasising about performing and people singing my songs from when I was 12 or 13, that’s when I started writing”.
As a songwriter, Emma worked across multiple genres and collaborated with the likes of Sharon Vaughn, Russ Ballard, John Beck, Wayne Rodrigues and Charlie Midnight. “In those early days, I was totally out of my comfort zone, but I thrived on it and I loved not knowing what sort of song would come out of each co-write – I’d walk into an R&B session one minute, and then work on a bubblegum pop song the next”. An early, if unexpected, success was a song penned for a Korean boyband that went on to sell 100,000 copies in a week.
But it was during songwriting sessions in L.A. with Charlie Midnight that Emma began to seriously consider a solo career. “He’d say, ‘You’ve got a real talent. You need to be writing for yourself as an artist’”.
Her music is written from her heart and soul to convey messages based on feelings evoked by loss, happiness, nature, her love for the ocean and her journey so far.