Independent Scottish singer-songwriter emaé (pronounced em-may) is a feel good mix of soul-pop, with gospel undertones. Her debut single ‘Something Beautiful’ was released in 2015 and received critical acclaim all over the world. MTV The Wrap Up praised the record that ‘oozes confidence, honesty and a relatability that is rare for newcomers’; Soulbounce USA noting its ‘luscious vocals and sweet harmonies’. To accompany the track, emaé decided to release a cinematic music video, directed by Lee Jones (Jessie J, Tinie Tempah, Rita Ora) and shot by Sam Pearce (Kate Nash, Rizzle Kicks) which was featured on VEVO’s front page.
The following year, London-based artist emaé unveiled her acoustic EP ‘Imperfect Words’ (premiered by Afropunk) and a second single ‘Know You’. These two releases allowed her to keep the momentum going with support from BBC 6 Music and an opportunity to open for US artist Adia Victoria in the UK. Last year, emaé was nominated by Gospel Touch Music for the Critics Choice Awards. She also wrote and performed the soundtrack for motion picture ‘The Sunrise StoryTeller’ created by 18 year old, Canadian filmaker Kasha Slavner, to be premiered at the United Nations in March 2017.
2017 started on a high note for emaé as she has been hand picked asNEW TUNE: ‘One To Watch in 2017’ by MOBO Awards. emaé is excited to share ‘Better’ the first single off her highly anticipated debut album set to release later this year. Written and composed by emaé, ‘Better’ is a very personal song which showcases her honest, life-weathered songwriting. The raw emotion captured in her vocal performance showing us just one side of the artistry to be expected in her upcoming album. She explains “Better is the song for right now, it 100% reflects where I’ve been the last year and also where I’m going. It’s a song of resilience, confidence and certainty. It’s a song I’m extremely proud of.”
The soulful singer-songwriter teamed up with audio and mastering engineers Mark Allaway (Newton Faulkner, Jess Glynn) and Alex Balzama for the making of this song. The video was shot and edited by Joe Almond (Sofar Sounds). Better is now available on all digital and streaming platforms.