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Introducing Soulful Emma-Louise AKA S.E.L
From an early age, music has been S.E.L’s primary interest. She started playing the violin and piano at age six and is now classically trained in both instruments. An interest in vocals came later in life and has never left. She took part in her first professional vocal performance piece at aged eleven and her career path was set.
Upon completion of a music GCSE, S.E.L went to college and completed a Performing Arts A-level, then went on to university to complete a music degree. During her studies, she was spotted at a show and was asked to join the aspiring girl group entitled, ‘Lyrical Force.’ Having had some success with the group, including performing in a number of professional shows such as the ‘Young Gifted and Black’ show, S.E.L decided to go solo. As a new solo artist, she made headway extremely quickly and was involved in a number of music production projects, featuring on a number of rap and R’n’B tracks, working with such producers as ‘Mind Set Entertainment’ who are now one of the UK’s top producing duos.
While at university, S.E.L joined a vocal group entitled, ‘Soul Essence’, where she encountered a vast amount of experience and insight into performing. She sang with artists such as ‘Omar’, ‘IceBurg Slim’ and ‘Angiee’. However, S.E.L and the other band members were embarking on many solo projects and decided the group should split.
During S.E.L’s third year of university, she was offered work experience with Delroy Murray at the Song Corporation. Here she was given various training and insight into the business side of the music industry. Delroy Murray also gave S.E.L the opportunity to sing as part of his band, performing at such shows as ‘291’ and ‘Lovers Rock Reunion’, with such artists as: ‘Paulette Tajah’ and ‘Michael Gordon. S.E.L was then given the opportunity to work alongside Toyin Adekade in her vocal group entitled, ‘Tahlitha Voices’ working and touring with such artists as ‘George Nooks’, ‘Lukie D’ and the renowned ‘Sanchez’.
In 2005, S.E.L’s musical career reached a peak, when she was asked by the infamous Jazzie B of Soul to Soul to manage and sing in his backing vocalist section. She gladly accepted and embarked upon a new musical journey. Upon joining Soul to Soul, Emma has been privileged to work with: Alicia Keys, Jocelyn Brown, Caren Wheeler, Kym Mazelle, Rose Windross, Carleen Anderson and Charlotte Kelly. Not to mention working along-side the famous Jazzie B and the rest of the soul to soul family.
Throughout 2005 till 2010, S.E.L embarked upon a number of vocal arranging and backing vocal projects with a number of well-known UK artists, One of whom being the talented Duncan James of UK boy band Blue. She performed on a number of Duncan's solo tracks both in studio recordings and live. Many times being the only other featured vocalist on stage alongside Duncan.
In 2011, she was asked to help write the debut album of the latest signing to Elton John's record label Rocket Music, Jake 'Simms', who's distinctive, soulful vocals is already making waves within the music industry. 2012 is undoubtedly going to be a big year for him and S.E.L is proud to have been an integral part of the album's creation.
Determined to bring British soul music back to grass roots S.E.L signed her first deal to Universal Records affiliate, Cubit Records releasing her debut single ‘Necessary’ to international acclaim announcing S.E.L to the world. From Japan, China, South Africa, France & Canada to right here at home; S.E.L is becoming known for her sultry vocals, her truly amazing songwriting talents and her down to earth demeanor.
“Phenomenal! Think Corrine-Bailey Rae with sizzle” Media2Radio
“Enjoying the breathiness of S.E.L’s vocal…Loving the vibe! It’s necessary for all soul lovers… ’Necessary’ sounds like Spring!” JazzieB OBE
“Soulful Emma Louise…an incredible voice” Jazz FM
“S.E.L’s vocal tone is warm, the shimmery vibes and hypnotic melody of her debut ‘Necessary’ eptomises everything that is good about British soul at the moment’
Rachel Wakefield – Newsquest Organisation.