Friday, September 10, 2010

September Entertainment Review: Emma Watts

Born in the UK, Emma commenced her career in performing arts like many, singing and dancing for hours on end, entertaining family and friends. At age 8, Emma's parents introduced her to musical instruments, commencing with the clarinet, and this progressed to saxophone, piano and formal vocal training.
Emma went on to study Music at the beautiful and historic University of Bath, where she specialised in Early Childhood and Music Therapy. Branching out, Emma then started performing with a a 12 piece blues band, playing the saxophone and providing back up vocals.
In late 1999 Emma found herself travelling abroad, and landed here in Australia. It wasn't long before she not only fell in love with the country, but also the man of her dreams. She now resides in the Sutherland Shire, and has two beautiful girls aged 4 years and 22months. Many of our stallholders will know Emma, as she is a regular visitor to our market, making many a beautiful and unique purchase among our talented designers!
Emma is also quite well known throughout the Sutherland Shire too, as over the years she has taught and supervised in a music shop in Caringbah, managed a number of school choirs and bands, and has worked with some great musicians and performed regular sold out gigs at The Brass Monkey in Cronulla. Emma currently manages the G4 Guitar School, which has locations around Australia.
Emma talks of her passion for giving children the gift of music and including music as part of their education from as young as possible, "learning music from a young age can have amazing effects on their learning in other areas such as maths, english and learning foreign languages, as well as instilling self confidence and self esteem".
Emma's music style has been influenced by the blues artists she grew up listening to at home as a child, "I used to complain to my parents about their sad taste in music, and now I am singing those very songs", laughs Emma.
We are thrilled to have Emma performing live throughout the market day next Saturday, expect to hear a some songs from Eric Clapton, Bonnie Rait, Van Morrison, Cindi Lauper and Kasey Chambers. Emma will be accompanied by the very talented guitarist Michael Essery, who is also a G4 teacher and teacher trainer, operating his own successful business at Emu Plains.

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