“A strong voice of her own…” The Courier-Mail
If there is one trait all great artists share, it’s a sense of restlessness. It is a constant hard-wired drive to continually take their music in new directions – testing the waters, finding new sounds, creating music in new ways. And it is something that has always been at the heart of Emma Bosworth’s music.
From her earliest days in legendary Brisbane indie band The Flying Chimnees, through to her rock outfit J-Pan Fan and, more recently, her solo offerings Emma’s music has always been imbued with a restless spirit. Her songs offer an endearing cocktail of wide-eyed optimism and a world wise perspective on the trials and little victories of life.
It is a sound that’s all over her debut solo long player ‘Coming Up For Air’. Released in 2014, the record cemented Emma’s reputation as a truly impressive artist by managing to stomp all over the conventions of the ‘singer-songwriter’ genre. A record of contrasts that somehow manages to sit in harmony, it brings together everything from the classic Brisbane pop feel of ‘My Town’, to the face-slappin’ party of ‘Save Me’ and the soul of ‘Penny’, a song which was nominated for a Queensland Music Award. The record itself was ‘Feature Album’ on 612ABC Brisbane and scored ongoing airplay around the country.
The one constant throughout is Emma’s striking voice. Not one for vocal melodramatics, this is a voice that draws you in with that all-too rare combination of authenticity and genuine emotion – when Emma sings, you know she really means it.
“A cracker of a debut album…With superbly crafted songs sung with heart and soul, it’s not hard to see why she is one of the great hidden treasures in the music scene today…probably not for long” 98.9FM.
Emma’s commitment to the craft has been demonstrated through the numerous other musical detours she continually takes. You can find her voice on the acclaimed Paddy McHugh album ‘Trials and Cape Tribulations’, while her music has been featured on television series Slide and 2014 feature film Predestination. More recently she has taken a major role with the unique songwriting project ‘The Soldier’s Wife’ which has included performances everywhere from regional Queensland to The Sydney Opera House.
Constantly writing and performing, 2016 finds Emma on a creative roll with new songs and shows on the horizon. And despite already amassing an impressive body of work, you get the impression that she is only just getting started.
Listen to ‘Coming Up For Air’ at www.emmabosworth.bandcamp.com