Thrilled to announce my headline tour dates this June!! I hope you can come along! ALSO…. Have you checked out my Pledge Page? You can pledge to come along to an exclusive pre-show experience at any of my headline shows on the “To My Roots” summer tour. Watch the soundcheck, hang out and chat with me pre-show and receive some signed merch. Does not include admission to the main show, which must be purchased from the venue. PLUS you’ll get a digital download of the new album and access to all the exclusive updates. www.smarturl.it/tomyroots
Twilight Trees have sponsored the stage for each show, I can’t wait for you to see it! It’s going to be very special!
See you all on the road really soon! So much love xxx Em xxx
Well, how lucky do I feel? Today I had my 3rd opportunity to be interviewed by the AMAZING Sir Terry Wogan at the BBC Radio 2 studios, and this time I brought some insanely talented musicians along to play along side me, too! Thanks so much to Sam Rommer, Sam Whiting and James Rees-Flynn for performing so beautifully today and being such inspiring people.
Thank you so much to everyone who listened, and to anyone who may be new to the “Emma Stevens family” today – WELCOME!! Please sign up to the mailing list so I can give you a free acoustic version of Make My Day – my brand new single!
Here are a few pics from today!
I’m so so blown away by this incredible support from BBC Radio 2!! My new single “Riptide” has been play listed! It’ll be available from my forthcoming Album “Enchanted”, which is scheduled for physical and digital release on the 14th October. It’ll also be featured on my 4th EP “Sunflower” which will be released around that time too!!
Please don’t forget to tweet or email Radio 2 if you hear my song!! Your amazing sparkling support on my last 2 singles really influenced their decision to continue to support me and run with this one so THANK YOU!! So much love to you all <3
A lot of you have been in touch asking about what makes BBC Introducing so great and why it helped me so much. I thought I’d do a little blog and let you know about my journey with them.
First of all I uploaded one of my songs to the BBC Introducing website. Shortly after that I was contacted by Phil Jackson at BBC Introducing South, who told me that my song was going to be presented to the demo panel, where three industry experts would give me feedback about the song I had submitted. I received three thumbs up (YAY!) and was consequently invited into the BBC South Studio to perform a live session on air.
It received such great feedback from listeners that it came to the attention of BBC Radio 2. Sir Terry Wogan discovered the music and gave my first single a play on his show. This then resulted in my single being playlisted on BBC Radio 2. For this to happen to an unsigned artist is unprecedented. When I then got the invitation to go and play live for Sir Terry with my good friend Jenn Bostic, I had to pinch myself!
Then my second single was playlisted and I was invited to perform live on Claire Balding’s show and on Chris Evan’s breakfast show..! It just totally blows me away and I still cannot believe it! (Below is a picture of me during the interview with Chris Evans and David Walliams!)
The next thing I knew I was headlining the BBC Introducing Stage at Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park.
BBC Introducing is an amazing initiative to allow new music and new talent to have a platform. It gives DIY artists the same opportunities as artists who are signed to major labels. It is SO refreshing that the BBC are championing new british talent and new songs and I’m so grateful, honoured and delighted that they felt that I fell in to that category.
The past few weeks have been insane! I have been finishing my album, getting EP4 ready and playing incredible festivals, including Carfest and BBC Radio 2 live in Hyde Park! I am having the best time ever!!
I arrived at Hyde Park with my band at 9am. It was lovely to have such a warm welcome from everyone. A few cup’s of tea and chocolate brioche’s later Sam and myself were taken over to the guest area, where the Radio 2 live broadcasting was taking place. It was a giant tipi! But not only that, it had a huge disco ball in, it was pretty much sparkle-tastic! I met up with Terry Wogan and his amazing team and did an interview followed by “A Place Called You” live..
The support from the “Weekend Wogan” has been amazing. “A Place Called You” had its first national airplay on 2nd September 2012 – my Dad’s birthday! I will never forget that day – Terry Wogan and his team hold a special place in my heart for their belief so early on.
Sam and I tuning up:
About to start the interview!
The rest of the day was spent watching other acts on the Main Stage and BBC Introducing Stage, My highlights were Jack Johnson, (I love him!!) Cattle and Cane, Texas and Treacherous Orchestra!
For lunch I had an amazing veggie burger… Made by Jamie Oliver!! The food was sooo delicious! For once nerves and excitement didn’t seem to put a stop on my appetite pre-gig!!
I couldn’t get over the level of support from everyone backstage at the Introducing site. We had cool deck chairs to sit and relax on, along with sofas and tea and a lovely fridge full of delights, too! I had an incredible time performing on the BBC Introducing Stage.. WOW.. What a welcome. To hear the crowd singing back my songs was a huge moment for me. My band played SO well (HUGE thanks Sam Whiting, Chris Powell and Tim Kitchen) and I just thoroughly enjoyed every single moment of it. You can probably tell. In almost every single photo I have a BIG smile on my face!!
It was altogether a magical day and I am totally blown away by the incredible team work and support. Thanks so much to BBC Introducing South (especially Phil Jackson) – without them this could not have happened. To BBC Introducing, for existing, What an incredible supportive platform for unsigned artists to showcase their material. I am eternally grateful. Massive thank you to Radio 2 for the continuous support and for putting on such an AMAZING festival in a day!
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