Votes are being cast for the 2021 Finals of the UK Blues Awards. The finalists were nominated by 1000 influential people on the UK Blues scene and now it’s down to the public to vote who they want to win.
This year Emma ‘Velvet Tones of Teesside’ Wilson, is after your vote in the Emerging Artist of The Year category. This category is for an artist who has significantly raised their profile, experience and presence on the UK blues scene.
Emma, who learnt her craft gigging around the Teesside and North Yorkshire area, is the sole representative from the North East…
‘Yeah I am and it’s down to the support of the Blues community particularly on my home turf here in the North East that my records have done so well and I have been noticed’.
Emma explained… ‘I’m delighted to be in the Emerging Artist category. I was able to release two records in 2020 during lockdown simply using piano accompaniment.
Dean Stockdale recorded his piano parts from home as I was unable to get my band in the studio. The fact my voice is so exposed has struck a chord with DJs and Journalists – they seem to like it.
I was lucky to have great reviews and lots of airplay for my ‘Feelgood’ album which hit No1 on UK Independent Blues Broadcasters Association and received 4 stars in Music News. It also charted in the USA and Holland.
My ‘LoveHeart’ album reached No.7 in the UK Independent Blues Broadcasters and my single specially recorded for lockdown, ‘Hold On’, received UK and International airplay’.
‘I don’t have a big PR machine working for me, I do everything from home. Every vote for me counts because I’m up against some bands with huge followings. Thank you for your support, I really appreciate it. I hope everyone is doing ok and staying well, we’ll get there. Love, Emma x’
The voting is from 1st to 15th Feb inclusive.
Vote for your North East Blues Queen here
Interview by Gary Alikivi February 2021
Check out Emma’s official website: www.emmawilson.net