Radio 1Xtra spots new urban singer-songwriter talent

Pop Facts: Emma Blakk

  • Radio 1Xtra’s CJ Beatz discovered Emma Blakk at the London east end new urban underground talent night Knew Knowledge, which he runs with Warner A&R man Ryan Farley.
  • Emma has performed live in the studio on CJ Beatz’s Radio 1Xtra show CJ’s Souncheck.
  • She has already appeared on SBTV, Link Up TV, Urban Development and Soul Culture.
  • Since the age of 12, Emma has performed live and written her own songs, as well as covering artists including Prince and Jason Derulo.
  • Council Block Dreamer is Emma’s first 7 song EP, which is available on bandcamp for free download as well as featuring on CJ Beatz’s website.
  • Sirens is Emma’s first official single release, out on 14 March 2014.
  • Jordan Crisp produced Emma’s EP Council Block Dreamer and the pair established a working relationship likened to Emeli Sandé & Naughty Boy and Ellie Goulding & Starsmith.
  • Emma returned to her roots in London’s East End from where she was raised by her mother in Bolton to pursue her musical vision to express day-to-day hardship faced by broken homes on council estates.
  • With a strong voice and songwriting ability, Emma eschews current trends for tough female emcees to deliver her dub-esque, urban underground vocal and arrangement sound.
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